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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6A O HeraldZeitung Q Sunday December Garden Ridge opts for city administrator to run daytoday By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE f anyone out there has experience running a city Garden Ridge wants you The Garden Ridge City Council voted 50 this week to reestablish the position of city administrator a post that was part of the citys from 199092 The previous council eliminated the position in what some current council members call a political conflict After Wednesday nights vote council members said the city needed someone to run the daytoday operations of the city who reported directly to the City Council Before the vote Council Member Jack Foley questioned whether the additional position was needed But Council Member Russ Sanders said much of what would be the city administrators responsibility is now being handled voluntarily by Mayor Jay P Millikin who is retired and has the time to devote to the citys operations The mayors position is not a paid positon Millikin the mayor for six years said he doesnot plan to run for reelection next year Council Member Georgia Eckhardt said the next mayor could not be expected to devote the hours to the job that Millikin has A city with our status shouldnt expect free she said Our mayor gives a lot of his free The city has budgeted in fiscal 199798 for the city administrator position starting in May Mittikin said he hopes the council could write a job description by February Eckhardt said more people in Garden Ridge might consider running for mayor if they knew there was a city administrator or city manager who could alleviate the mayors current workload Council Member Jay Feibelman said he did not see how a city administrator could share duties with the city secretary and he raised the possibility of eliminating the secretary position I dont think the city is big enough for two Feibelman said The council also considered hiring a city manager or changing the mayor into a fulltime paid position Millikin said hiring a city administrator was better than giving fulltime pay to the mayor or establishing a city manager form of government which would have required a vote of the people I think the city is too small and should not delegate its Millikin said I dont think we need a city manager I think it is inappropriate to have a paid mayor I dont know of a city that Eckhardt who conducted a poll of area city managers said the consensus was to hire a city administrator They felt there needed to be a division of daytoday operations and said Millikin said whoever is hired as city administrator will need to be an able administrator who can dig in and understand the issues of water and the In other business the council I Tabled an amendment to a city ordinance that would have established a financial liability and penalty charge for commercial and residential users of garbage collection services Amended the city employee handbook revising a city policy on sick leave and clarifying a policy on pay days for employees and added circumstancessuch as a birth of a child personal injury and illness Biologist denies misuse of chemical in treating lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A San Marcos biologist denies a complaint filed by a Lake McQueeney resident that he misapplied the Sonar herbicide used to treat the hydrilla in the lake I categorically did not misapply the Sonar that day or any other Malcolm Johnson of Johnson Lake Management Service said Johnson was responding to a complaint filed with the Environmental Protection Agency by Robin Richardson president of Health Awareness and Water Knowledge a group of residents concerned about the use of Sonar The EPA regional office in Dallas referred it to the Texas Department of Agriculture The group opposes the use of Sonar because it contains fluridone which they claim will break down into Nmonomethylformamide NMF a suspected toxic chemical to humans In March the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department treated 102 acres of Lake McQueeney near Treasure Island with Sonar to fight hydrilla The effort was done in joint cooperation with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Friends of Lake McQueeney and area civic leaders Johnson was a consultant on the project and helped apply Sonar in trie Treasure Island y Richandson said she filed a complaint with the EPA citing the alleged application of quantities of Sonar based on the information she has received from SePRO the Indiana company that makes Sonar Richardson said her calculation estimated that the canals around Treasure Island have an average depth of feet In response to a request by Richardson Johnson wrote that he applied 80 pounds of Sonar SRP to the canals of Treasure Island According to a chart produced by SePRO a maximum of 32 pounds of Sonar SRP is enough to treat an average depth of feet The maximum should have not exceeded 32 Richardson said How did this alleged misapplication take place and thats what we want to know about The TDA office in San Antonio is currently investigating the case to see if any violations were broken by Johnson Johnson said Richardson misconstrued from his written message that he only treated the canals of Treasure Island She is operating under the assumption that the canals were the only areas I he said We treated the adjacent areas and the two Johnson said he fully cooperated with TDA authorities I pointed out to them on a map what areas I treated and they are investigating Johnson said I have apprised them formally of the areas treated the amount of material used and the depths of the water When he wrote his response to Richardson Johnson said he did know that Richardson wanted him to be specific about the areas where he applied the Sonar Richardson said HAWK is in the process of writing a draft permit proposal in which only licensed applicators would be allowed to put aquatic herbicides in surface waters in Texas The permitting process would go through the TDA Richardson said homeowners right now could buy a chemical such as Sonar without going through a stringent permitting process This will ensure a checkdouble check process which will bring education in the process so mishaps like this will not happen in our great resources and rivers of the state of Richardson said GBRA SePRO and Johnson have cited studies that concluded that NMF did not occur in the natural environment and that there is no harm to humans living on Lake McQueeney The Store for all Seasons Frohliche Weihnachten Feliz Navidad Merry Christmas Great Gift for all your shopping needs Shop now for your favorite holiday or for any occasion Come see the most unique store in New Braunfels A wide variety of trees still available Come by today Open MF Sundays 125 Seasonally on Thur til 8 is The Season 265 W San Antonio St 6299711 The Deals are Better j Becker J993 Plymmouth Acclaim 4 Door 4 Cyl Cruise Tilt Stereo Wildbeny 1993 Dodge Intrepid V6 Stereo Casfi Cruise 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