Wednesday, August 1, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY August 2001 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 225 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Different same paycheck Staff Writer Although he packed his office and officially began his retirement Mike Shands will receive his full pay while working as a con sultant through So New Braunfels is paying the salary for two city man Hector who takes the helm as interim city manager while a search firm finds a permanent replace will earn a month while working under contract for the City leaders opted to pay both men to provide a smooth transition between city Mayor Stoney Williams You cant just cut and he There needs to be some kind of a Im told its very common to pay the city manager to be a con sultant and hire an interim city City rakes in cool grand in first months of river fee BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer After netting more that in its first the citys river management plan has received praise from outfitters and according to Don assistant to the city Part of that plan included a controversial river manage ment fee to fund the compre hensive Outfitters opposed the asking the city to remove a required wristband for every one using a public exit from the rivers inside the New Braunfels city The city council removed the wristbands and kept the fee a plan that started this Overthe busy Memorial Day known as the kickoff to the summer tourism the city col lected from the river For the month of the city collected more than Ferguson said it was too early in the season to know if the money collected would meet the river management Its early to he Well have to wait and Weve had some indications from outfitters that business is down this This management fee is some thing new for the city well just have to see how it will pan The numbers can be because this is just from the beginning of the Janey at River Bank said she had a slow start to the season which is reflected in the num bers currently available from the We had a very slow she But we had an excellent I think its shaping up to be a pretty good season The estimated budget for the river management plan which includes uniformed police officers patrolling on weekends is set at Ferguson He said the budget doesnt come solely from the management It also includes shuttle See CHRIS A member of the 6th Civil Support Team explains the inner workings of their Unified Command or communication The team gave a terrorism seminar Tuesday at the Gomal County Sheriffs Office for area law enforcement Emergency personnel get lesson in terrorism BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Knowledge is for both good guys and Thats why fire and rescue personnel from Comal and surrounding counties participated in a training ses sion Tuesday dealing with terrorism at the Comal Coun ty Emergency Operations Participants listened to a presentation from members of the 6th Civil Support Team talk about how this special antiterrorist part of the National can also assist local emergency per sonnel in times of natural or manmade This stationed in is one of 10 teams around the nation created in 1999 to respond to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction or other catastrophic The teams cover a specific region apportioned by the Federal Emergency Manage ment Efforts are underway to create 22 See Shands earns annually as city He will receive the monthly equivalent of that through City Finance Officer Chet Lewis He is still a paid still part of city he He just isnt the city man Hes a While Shands is still con sidered a fulltime city complete with ben Tomayo is a contracted Lewis He is under a monthtomonth con tract with the city to act as city He will get a cityowned Lewis And will be reimbursed for any abnor mal but any vaca tion he takes will be Funds for the search firm are with set aside for professional ser Lewis Tomayos salary is an unplanned so the money will come from the general CHRIS New Braunfels City Manager Mike goes over lastminute details with Interim Manager Hector Tomayo Tuesday before beginning his He was nearly electrocuted at summer Faith pulls him through CHRIS Caleb Gentry stands in front of the Tree of Life Church on Loop 337 in New Braunfels Tuesday with his Jerome and Caleb was nearly electrocuted while at summer camp at the El Shaddai Ranch near His mother said it was a miracle hes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Ask Debbie and Jerome Gentry about Their nineyearold Caleb didnt get a horse back ride when he went to summer camp last week with his youth group from the Tree of Life What he got instead was an ambu lance although he doesnt remember Caleb was swimming Monday July at the El Shaddai a Christian camp near York when he was nearly electro cuted by a faulty pool light and then nearly Caleb was one of about 80 New Braunfels area children at the camp last Tree of Life Church Senior Mike Fehlauer said the church has sent a group of kids to the camp for years with no problems Even adults and church staff accompany the Among the chaperones this trip were lifeguard Tammy Scholl and nurse Laura both members of the Tree of Life Quick attention by Scholl and Dietert saved Caleb But they didnt act The hand of God was visible in bringing her boy back Deb bie Gentry and her family has had its faith affirmed by the miracles that combined to save his Theyd just done a swimming test in the shallow end of the Deb bie What I is the kids were telling the counselors as they got out of the water that their skin felt kind of As the kids got out on one end of the a confident swim jumped in at the deep end with some Caleb is such a good thats the first place he Hes like a fish he swims Debbie He swam near the underwater lamp that officials found had a broken rubber A girl who was swimming close by got into trouble at the surface of the pool and called out for She said she couldnt Deb bie The counselors got her and as they they saw Caleb 4 or 5 feet at the bottom of the He wasnt With no regard for the Tammy Scholl dove for him and brought him He was unconscious and wasnt breathing when he came but his heart was Debbie They didnt have to do They did some rescue breathing and He was unconscious for Debbie said Calebs rescuers got See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 2B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code CISD sets date to approve new budget BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Funding staff for a new high school just after giving out raises to other district employees will be the top pri ority for budgeting when Comal Independent School District meets 23 to adopt the 20012002 Trustees met Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School to vote on when to approve the new The school district is look ing for funding to pay new faculty and staff salaries for a new high school near Canyon District officials said oper ation costs for the new school would run between mil lion to The board will meet 6 23 at Canyon High School to listen to public input before adopting the In the district gave teachers a minimum pay along with raises for other The pay raises will cost the district district finance director Abel Cam pos To fund the pay budget cuts of more than were includ ing administrative staff reductions in the central Starting salary for teach ers will be For the See