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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Cougarettes move to region A NEW x VHT HERALU WEDNESDAY November 2001 i 18 pages in 2 sections VoK 310 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents ill m Highlights from other state A Low voter turnout mirrors statewide NBISD trustees wife to succeed him on Precinctbyprecinct results from water district A Voters sink water district MAURER CHRIS Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District opponent Mike Maurer left and proponent Ernie Lee middle check updated voting results Tuesday night in the Comal County Texans pass all 19 amendments FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Texas voters approved constitutional amendments Tuesday that will finance up to billion in water projects and establish new ways of paying for high While Comal County voters narrow ly supported Proposition 15 that cre ates the Texas Mobility they rejected Proposition 19 allowing the Texas Water Development Board to issue general obligation bonds to make low interest loans for water With 70 percent of the Texas vote balloting was running in favor of all of the 19 proposed County voters endorsed Proposition 15 by or percent of ballots to or Admin istered by the Texas Transportation the Texas Mobility Fund is intended to expedite projects related to toll roads and oth er mobility County voters turned down Proposi tion the most expensive of all by a vote of or 59 to or 41 Proposition 19 allows up to billion in bonds for water and flood control This is the beginning of the down payment to make sure we have water to serve our needs for the next 50 said state Buster RLake The Sierra Club opposed the amend suggesting that the money would be used for large water projects that See Canyon Lake area residents vote in droves to defeat plan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County voters resoundingly defeated confir mation of the Southeast Trin ity Groundwater Conserva tion District on By a margin of to coun ty voters denied cre ating a per m a n e n t water dis trict over the Trinity Aquifer in Comal The intense fight over the water district sharply divided the Supporters argued that the water dis trict would protect the Trini ty Aquifer and the countys interests in the water Opponents said the water district would harm private property rights and have too much control over water On the nays had Ballots were counted by hand in 10 precincts in the Final results were not available until shortly before nearly five hours after the polls had The vote had three parts confirmation of a perma nent groundwater conserva tion district See Wife replacing husband on board BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The newest trustee of the New Braunfels Independent School District has a very familiar Penelope Biggadike won the District 4 trustee seat in a contest with Yolanda Lon goria by a margin of 141 to NBISD trustees will can vass the vote at their Mon day night and Comal County Judge Danny Scheel will swear in Big gadike and District 2 Trustee Jorge Mal who was unopposed in the elec B i g gadike is the wife of Bill the NBISD Board of Trustees president who chose not to seek reelection in order to pursue business Penelope Biggadike said BIGGADIKE Tuesday night the acquain tances shes made in the dis trict and the things shes learned through her hus bands work would prove invaluable in her new I plan to work with the Theyre a good group of and fortunately theyre friends Ive met through Bill being on the I plan on working with them to continue to make the NBISD the best it can Biggadike See CHRIS Peggy research analyst for the Comal County Clerks rolls an electronic vote counting also known as The into the courthouse City workers leaving to take advantage of retirement incentives BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The recent revolving door for New Braunfels city employees might stem from a health care incentive pack age offered for workers who retire by city officials Seven city department heads have left the municipal building in an exo dus that has some wondering whether something or someone is driving them One answer might be the retire ment incentive package offered by the chief financial officer Chet Lewis The nature of a plan like this is to reward employees with a long time service with the opportunity to retire with additional he When the former city manager Mike Shands presented the retire ment incentive at the March budget it was understood that there was no guarantee the city would offer the incentive again in the That would prompt people to take advantage of this Under the the city pays health insurance premiums up to 10 years after an employees retirement or until the former workers 65th whichever comes Since the city planning director and city attorney have resigned while the city secretary and director of the New Braunfels Public Library announced their res ignations this past City Manager Mike Shands announced his retirement in a July 2 memo to the city citing his need to meet city and Texas Munic ipal Retirement System require ments for benefits as well as reach ing the goal of retiring in New City secretary Veronica Sarkozi also listed the health benefit package as one of the reasons for her retire District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick said the turnover in city staff might be the result of the insur ance incentives instead of personal With medical costs so high and See INCENTIVES INSIDE Key Code 76
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