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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY llfiicorns host Boorne In match See Sports P 7 50 CENTS COUNTOOW 424 DAYS March March New Braunfels 10 Pages In one section Oct Serving Coma County Homo of DENNIS W KOEPP I Vol 141 No 234 INSIDE Weather 4 Sports Birthday wishes The New Braurtfels Herald Zeifiwg extends the following birthday W Koepp Clara Schrtewer Ruben Pina Felix Diaz Daniel Ellis Sheila Shirley Justin Weinman Fernando Diaz Cookie Campbell Doris Wester velt Elizabeth Weisman Steven Schrtewer Amanda Vetter Ray Baker Joanna Lewis Priscilla Schaefer HUmarSchell Violet Smith Happy Anniversary to Mr Mrs Danette Balmos Michelle Scott Voges Symphony Guild drawing benefit Members of the New Braun fels chapter of the MidTexas Symphony Guild will begin sell ing raffle tickets to benefit the symphony First prize is a round trip for two anywhere in the contiguous United States donated by Ameri can Airlines and Rennerts Trav el Second prize is a gift certifi cate for in merchandise from the merchants cf Landmark Square Other prizes are a night for two at the River Haus Bed and Breakfast and a Thanksgiving floral arrangement from Weid nert H6wers Tickets are cw six for and are available from Guild members or at First Choice at Landmark Square the Childrens Museum Henne Hardware China N Things and the Retreat Salon The drawing will be held Nov 14 following the symphony con cert at the Civic Center A Taste of Theater to be presented A Taste of Theater from The Dining Room of Gumey will be presented by retiring offi cers of the Book Review Club at its last regular meeting of the year Tuesday Oct 26 Those presenting excerpts from teh play are Lucille Douma Joyce Billingsley Sue Luttrell Nancy and Howard Schultz and Marty and Dick Weicker The slate of officers for 1994 includes Doris Amacher president Linden Anderson vice president Shirley Brooks trea surer and Isabel Magel secre tary The program is at in the ballroom of the Senior Citi zens Center with coffee at and short business meeting to follow the program The pub lic is welcome with a dona tion per person Bows N Strings program on tap The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid Texas Symphony Guild will present Bows N a program for fifth graders on Oct 25 at at Dinlinger Memorial Library The program is for parents who wish their children to learn more about music A registration will be charged and at least one parent must be a member For more information call 6291526 Stammtisch Tht Ntw HtraldZtitujig uivftu tit rtadtn to submit itimi to Stammluch According to tht Sophitnburg Archivtt and mtmbtn of tht Gtrman community Siammtiich rtprutnts a sitting plactfor mtmbtn of tht community 9 gathtr and thart tht day hapftningt Wt invitt you to thart with Ground broken on new household waste facility By ROSE MARIE HASH Staff Writer Local officials broke ground today for the new city and county collection facility for household hazardous wastes The building will be constructed behind Fire Station No 2 on Loop 337 south of New Brauntels It is expected to be completed by December The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Dec 4 Residents will be able to bring leftover household cleaners paints pesticides used motor oil and batteries to the new collection facility We tend to think of hazardous waste as just something industry produces but we have it in our home too This stuff really should not be going into our municipal said New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn We want everyone in the county to start saving up old cleaners paints and pesticides Box them up and bring them in on Friesenhahn is the local manager for the program Board members directing the overall effort are Mayor Rudy Seidel Precinct Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab County Fire Mar shal Milton Willmann and New Braunfels Chief PhilBaker The new 30 by 90 foot building will house office space a utility area a gallon used oil tank and areas for sorting packaging and preparing the materials for transport The project is partially funded by a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission Laidlaw Environmental Services the worlds second largest manager of hazardous wastes has the contract to collect treat and otherwise manage the wastes collected According to Laidlaw some things like paint will be recycled while others will be disposed of at Laidlaws disposal facility near Houston submitted photo From left Vlckl Huddleston of Laidlaw Waste Managment Fire Chief Phil Baker Mayor Rudy Sledel County Judge Carter Casteel city councllperson Jan Kennedy ctty councilman Chris Bowers and County Fire Marshal Milton Wllman break ground on a new city and county household hazardous waste facility to be located behind Fire Station No 2 on Loop 337 Salary info released by Purdum By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by JOHN HUSETH Leadership New Braunfels retreat David Nigh was passed through a web by his Leadership New Braunfels classmates during an exercise conducted by Leadership New Braunfels at their annual retreat this past weekend From left Jon Tlllman John Mathls Roger Blggers Cheryl DuVall Beverly Glacolettl Gloria Sasser Ray Schoch Bob Rambo and Bill Blggadlke participate In the Decision to release salary information draws mixed reactions from officials By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Area officials showed mixed reactions on the decision by Tom Purdum Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president to disclose his salary Purdum released his salary Monday after a meeting with the Chamber board I am certainly surprised Mr Purdum and the board of directors have finally decided to come forward and give a dollar said District 4 Council member Paul Fraser The question now is what are the perks In a town this size that salary is he said Fraser said he would still like to know the amount spent on Purdums benefits such as health automobile and retirement and would like an accounting of the salaries for other employees at the chamber I also find it interesting he made com ments about the Open Meetings Act As long as they receive that kind of money that is citizen tax money I am of the opinion that they are subject to the Open Meeting Act and Open Records he said The chamber is expected to present a budget for the tax use in November It will be said Fraser I expect more penetrating questions will be asked this year than in the City Council Member Jan Kennady said she was glad Purdum has released his salary I dont see any reason for him not What people dont understand Is that its a private Doug Miller Chamber board member Tom Purdum she said I think the Chamber of Com merce does a good job with the tax We get a good return on what is spent here I have no big hang ups about what everybody there she said District 2 City Council Member Dan Bremer said he hopes this will appease some of those who have been asking for Purdums salary I appreciate that he put that information out there Most people would consider it personal he said Bremer said he did not think any other salaries of chamber staff members should be released If hes at the top of the list I dont know what more they are looking for It is not a public entity Its not a city or coun ty government He went beyond the call of he said Chamber board member Doug Miller said the push for the release of Purdums salary was motivated by jealousy All over the state places Ive been anyone associated with chamber recog nizes Tom Purdum people from the governors office on Its simple jealousy They are jealous of the mans Miller said he did not believe Purdum should have had to release his salary What people dont understand is that its a private organization The board sets Toms salary at what it feels is appropriate for his 28 years experience and leadership said Miller said the chamber is under a con tractual arrangement with the city He questioned if that means mat other entities who receive tax dollars and do business with the city should have to release their employees salaries County Judge Carter Casteel said the release of salaries was discussed last year as well No matter what the chamber has been able to do it is something everybody is hung up she said People in the private sector are not used to revealing their salary information If you think about it does anybody who does business with the city have to reveal their salary she said GreaterNew Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum receives an annual salary of according to a letter sent by Purdum to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung The disclosure was made in light of a recent survey question pub lished by the HeraldZeitung and a continuing push by area officials According to a letter sent to Herald Purdums salary is with of that coming from the Convention and Visitors Bureau which is funded by taxes The letter states The Chamber is a private organization and not subject to the open meeting or open records laws but the misinfor mation published and spread wordofmouth has caused me to give up some of my privacy in order to dispel erroneous conclusions I work for experienced business and professional people of the high est integrity Their financial generosity and their willingness to give their valuable time to the betterment of this community should be praised Purdum said he has received salary increases since he first began working for the chamber His starting salary in 1961 was he said In addition to his base salary he also has a retirement plan medical insurance and a car to be used for chamber business The New Braunfels Chamber has members According to sta tistics from the Texas Chamber of Commerce other chambers of the same size operate on budgets of and the average executive salary is However these chambers do not receive funds from tax revenues and do not operate the Convention and Visitors Bureaus Another survey of local chambers conducted in 1993 showed the average salary to be Of the 33 chambers reporting the highest salary was and the lowest was New Braunfels City Council Member James Goodbread spear headed the effort to have chamber salaries released Its really not the amount Its been requested for years Why did he Purdum wait so long said Goodbread Goodbread said he was working toward having a more complete accounting of the uses of the taxes He said the fight to have them released has continued for at least five years I just wanted them to make a complete accounting of every cent of the tax money That information should be available to any cham ber member You shouldnt have to be a city council he said Purdum said he did not see a reason to release other salaries The question is are they getting their dollars he said Our budget broke the salaries down in the same categories as the city bud he said When asked if he felt Purdums salary was too high Goodbread compared the salary to that of the New Braunfels city manager The city manager is paid and is responsible for 240 fulltime employees and 60 parttime employees Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major makes New Braunfels General Manager Bob Sonn makes Purdum is responsible for 11 employees His duties include moti vating recruiting advising and counseling volunteers and chamber members working with industry development and overseeing the total economic and community development in New Braunfels He also oversees the convention and visitors bureau He said his time work ing on that averages 60 to 65 percent in past years The city funds from tax still fail short of what is need ed according to Purdum There is still a shortfall of Weve still had to put money from the general fund into it It tax still will not cover total The city is getting some services he said Ktairinually people are saying this igtive taxpayersdollars The rev enue on the room tax generally comes from he said Purdum said he decided to release his salary because of misinfor mation that had been released call 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