New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 12, 2000, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 12, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday November 12 2000 HERALDZFJTt Page 5A SALARY CHART Salary survey shows need for increases The New Braunfeb City Council on Monday will consider four scenarios for Implementation a recent salary study In each case salines of more than 100 employees would be raised to the market averagfl salary for similar positions In 10 other entities Following are seme city staff salaries and what they could change to based on differentcalculations of Information from the salary survey Not all salaries Jail under the market average and therefore are not pro posed to change Also not all salaries fall under the market average in each scenario and would not be changed In all four cases Those instances are marked no In this chart the market average salary was the average for the positions at the other cities The adjusted tharket average A does not include San Antonio in the cal culation The adjusted market average B does not include the highest and lowest cities in the calculation The adjusted market average C does not include San Antonio and the highest and lowest cities Employee Current Market Adjusted Adjusted Adjusted Salary Average Market Market Market Salary Average A Average B Average C Airport Manager City Attorney City Manager Library Director Chief Financial Officer Community Development no change Director Main Street Manager Police Chief no change no change Fire Chief BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council on Monday will consider implement ing salary changes for more than 100 employees after a recent salary study Council also will consider a 4 percent acrosstheboard increase for all employees Council meets at Monday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The 4 percent acrosstheboard costofliving raise would increase the city budget this year and have an annual cost of according to city docu ments The city has for several years considered annual salary adjustments for employees at mid year according to information from the city The pay increase is suggested even for those employees targeted for raises under the survey The cities the survey is based on have implemented additional raises since the study was complete City Manager Mike Shands and Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis said If you just adjust them to the market the market has already Shands said Council could consider four scenarios for adopting pay increases based on information from the survey Survey The survey showed Shands what he said the city already knew based on an earlier Texas Municipal League survey of cities New Braunfels employee salaries are below the market aver ages for other similarsized Texas cities If we are not going to be com petitive it makes it very hard to fill Shands said It also is not fair to the citys employees or to the community he said The city needs people who can perform the functions of the positions for which they are hired Shands said The city contracted with Ray Associates Inc in Austin to con duct the survey Ray Associates also completed a comparison of New Braunfels staffing levels with those in cities of similar char acter and size The salary study was conducted in the spring based on salary infor mation from 10 entities Comal County Georgetown Kerrville New Braunfels Utilities Round Rock San Antonio San Marcos Seguin Schertz and Temple Jim Ray partner in Ray Associates said the cities were either of similar size to New Braunfels around the state or smaller and larger cities in the immediate area We were trying to capture a lit tle bit of the competitive market See A 1A Those three departments func tion more as a group than Shands said He also said they frequently inter act internally and externally Shands said he decided to place the planning and parks and recre ation director and city engineer under Ferguson The move was not a specific rec ommendation in the report The salary study report reads New Braunfels operates with the broadest span of control of any of the cities surveyed with the possi ble exception of Huntsville the smallest city in the survey Several City of New Braunfels department heads suggested that while a flat organization chart is admirable the current structure involves too many small depart ments reporting directly to the city manager to which is added the managers current direct responsi bility for the solid waste depart The major departments in a city such as police and fire typically stay under the city manager Shands said The head of the community development block grant program and airport manager already work under Ferguson Shands said Handgun Cl Jim Peters n Ranger RESIDENTIAL STEEL ROOF FROM METAL MART 1A room to accept a certificate for his 60 years of membership As he did so he handed a yellowed laminat ed copy of an old newspaper article to the emcee to read Thompson said the article first appeared in the Bayonne Times in 1944 and was reprinted in the New York Times in 1978 The article pictured Thompson and his brothers in their younger years and explained how Mae Thompson had five sons serving in the war Details about where each one was stationed and the families they had left behind in to fight in the war were included in the article Every one of us belonged to the American Thompson said The American Legion and Vet erans of Foreign War posts were the places to meet others who had served in the armed forces Thomp son said We always had dances and out Thompson said They always had something to Comal Post 179s ceremony Sat urday honored those who have fought and those who gave their lives in service to America But the ceremony Saturday also focused on the importance of pre serving peace War is not glamorous Comal Post 179 Commander Joe Medina said It brings out the worst of nations on who can do the most destruction on property and human Med ina said If we focus more on peace get ting things done by mediation instead of warfare it will be a bet ter world Then we wont lose our neighbors or our friends to another The post honored several other members Saturday for 50 years of membership in the American Legion Woodrow Jonas Nelson Kohlenberg and Juan Zamora Btfore you dcckto what Mod of roof to Install on your home be to Inrotlgiito rttldtntlil itM roof from Metal Mart A ratldwrtlal ttatt roof la beautiful and It la durable up to 5 times more durable than conventional roofing And Metal Mart offers residential steel roofing In a variety of designer colors to enhance the look and Increase the value of your home what goes on twice as fast and lasts twice as long If youre a DcttYourwIfer or a roofing contractor Metal Mart has the supplies knowledge and experience to help you do It right Metal Mart 12737 110 East Converse 210 6586043 18OO67725T6 1A The talented troubadors were a huge hit with the crowd As musi cians flaunted their skills by yodeling and performing compli cated xylophone pieces at increas ingly blurring speeds crowds out side the tents were magnetically pulled toward the music Alpenfest enthralled its audi ence using the standard instru ments and a challenging perfor mance with differently pitched cowbells Its a fun festival to perform said Mike Barker the leader of Alpenfest Ive been involved with it for 24 years and it is a part of my Members of Alpenfests audi ence demonstrated they felt the same way when Barker shouted Life is Without prompt ing the audience shouted the reply Beer is Visitors drank beer some in pitchers while chomping on roasted corn on the cob sausages or German sweets in the bier garten or on the banks of the Comal River The waterfall was a scenic backdrop to the sight of children playing football and couples hold ing hands Some people attended the festi val to subject their children and themselves to a variety of dizzy ing spinning contraptions The kids like the said Bob Devin of Waxahachie Were out here to let the kids have The children also enjoyed get ting photographed with Gator Jones a clown on stilts as well as having a caricature of themselves drawn or getting their face paint ed Many adult visitors let the kid in them come out at Wurstfest The most popular hat designs in the crowd included giant beer mugs horns chickens and rabbit ears Dressing up evidently pro vided another reason to celebrate You can act out of control and its said Anniece Andreis a bartender from Houston People have an open mind Andreis who said she is now a grandmother wore a chicken on her head and sported a pair of glasses with eyes painted on She said she has dressed goofy for Wurstfest every year since 1976 Growing old is she said Growing up is I dont ever want to grow Great Gifts for the Holidays Denim applique Jackets starting at Come visit us in Gruene Great style doesn t have to be expensive TEXAS HOMEGROWN Open Daily 1641 Hunter Rd Gruene 8306293176 SATEUJTt TV SYSTEM PREMIUM MOVIES THATS RIGHT DISH Network now offers a free satellite TV system 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