New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, April 13,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Tom Curtis
50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday
Vol. 141, No 102
Replacement of CISD superintendent mulled
By ROSE MARIC EASH Herald-Zettung
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees heard a presentation Monday on the selection of a new superintendent by Don Killough, a superintendent search consultant for the Texas Association of School Boards.
The trustees are replacing Superintendent Joe Rogers, who will be transferred to Smithson Valley High School as principal this summer.
Killough outlined the process recommended by TASB, which would include active recruitment, a review and evaluation of all applicants and the recommendation of a “short list" of six to 14 candidates.
Killough said the TASB’s 20 step process would take approximately three months and include a profile of the desired candidate based on interviews with the board, administration, community leaders, parents, patrons and various groups in the district.
TASB charges $6,500 for the search plus expenses, estimated at $1,000 for a statewide search.
“We want help you find the right superintendent," said Killough. “We want help you find somebody that’s going to really mesh with you and your community. In order for that to happen, you have to really work at it.
“You have to remember good people already have good jobs," said Killough. “You can’t just sit back and wait, you have to recruit"
TASB has offered the service for IO years, doing over IOO searches in the last three years. TASB helped find the superintendents in Bandera, Johnson City, Lockhart and Austin.
In other business, the board unanimously approved Caroline Wemli as the district’s new personnel director, effective April 26.
Wemli comes from the North -side Independent School District, with 29 years of experience and certification as an administrator, counselor and social studies composite.
She is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University.
The board also heard presentations on the Century Paper abatement, proposed staffing requirements, TAAS score improvements, summer school, the Communities in Schools program and the at-risk program.
The board agreed to the development of a long-range planning board and determined that they would not recommend how voters should cast their ballots on the school finance amendments in the May I election.
On the agenda for the April 26 action meeting:
• Donation of 25 acres in the Garden Ridge area.
• Consideration of single-member districting.
• Consideration of hiring process for the new superintendent.
Residents blast speed limit on Common Street
Sylvia Hallgreen drives golfing partner Madalme Pillot around the Land Park Golf Course Monday.
Driving carts on streets risky business
ay GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Ztltung
With spring here and summer on the way, the golf course at luanda Park is becoming increasingly popular — arid a popular way for golfers to get to the course is to drive their carte on public streets.
According to New Braunfels insurance agent Doug Miller, people who operate their golf carts on city streets could run the risk of serious injuries, and those injuries could mean serious financial burdens.
Although it is not illegal to operate a golf cart on public roads without insurance, Miller said cart drivers run a “substantial risk” on city streets
“Most people who own their own golf carts usually have quite a few assets, and they are really taking an unnecessary risk for a relatively low cost,” Miller said.
Persons operating a golf cart on their own property are covered by their homeowners insurance policy. However, that general liability coverage
does not extend beyond the boundaries of the homeowner’s policy.
If a person is injured as a result of an ut fault accident while operating a golf cart on public streets, all costs are out-of-pocket
Miller said for a nominal price — usually $20-to $25 per year — a golf cart can I* added to an existing automobile policy. But drivers must first find a carrier.
“Most standard insurance companies wont do it, so what you have to do is buy a policy through the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan," Miller said.
Drivers also have the option of purchasing a policy through a non-regulated, high-risk company, but Miller said the price would be high.
Residents operating golf carts on the public roads are not required to carry insurance, but are required to display a "slow moving vehicle” symbol — an optic orange triangle — on the rear of the cart, according to Gilbert Celis, a New Braunfels Police Department dispatcher.
A golf cart falls is classified as a “slow moving vehicle” by the Department of Public Safety.
By GARY P. CARROLL Merald-Zeltung
Several New Braunfels citi-sens voiced their displeasure Monday night at the city council’s March 22 ordinance increasing the speed limit 30 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour on Common Street between Gruene Road and Washington Avenue.
The ordinance, passed as an emergency ordinance after only one reading, was originally intended to allow for higher speeds on Common St. to compensate for the increase in speed caused by the slope in a portion of the road.
Police Chief Dick Deaden sent a letter to council prior to the March 22 meeting saying “Common Street is engineered to handle the increased speed," hut the issue may he displeasing to residents of the neighborhood.
Hon Riggs, of 618 Fair Ione in New Braunfels, told the council that adequate discussion was not given to the issue and safety concerns, along with general input from area residents, was overlooked.
Molly White, of 1242 East Common St., said she did not feel the benefits of increasing the speed limit outweighed the increased risks.
In retrospect, council member James Goodbread said the citizens of the affected area should have been given time to address the council concerning an ordinance that would impact their neighborhood, and asked why the ordinance was passed as an emergency.
City Manager Hector Tamayo said regulatory ordinances, such as traffic laws, are usually passed on an emergency basis.
Goodbread suggested the item
Support voiced for tax hike
During a public boring to discuss the proposed 1993* 1994 city budgst Monday night, two New Braunfels*™ said they would support th# proposed tax increase in order to maintain city services.
Kay Taber said she supported the proposed three percent coat of living increase for city employees, and said city workers were worthy of the raise.
Bruce Schwartz said he also would support a tax hike if it meant an increase in the number of police officers for the city.
The council was presented in March with tile Uulget pixy posal containing a suggested property tax increase, raising taxes approximately $.015 per $100 in property value.
City Finance Director Darrell Sollberger said the increase would raise the amount paid per $100 in property value from $.41 to approximately $.42.
Sollberger said the hike would r«fWct tho uvCTBSM in property values and an increasing need for funds to provide city services.
be put back on the agenda for public hearing and three readings.
However, City Attorney Barry Moore said since the emergency ordinance had already been approved, an agenda item for a new ordinance would have to be created and passed to change the existing ordinance.
Chamber of Commerce set for April membership drive
By DAVID SULLENS Harald-Zeltung
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual membership drive April 20 and 21.
The drive will get under way with an April 19 breakfast at which Chamber Blue Coats and prospective members of the elite, ambassador-like group will be briefed on the details of the intensive two day drive.
Blue Coat membership is attained through the acquisition of new Chamber members and teams composed of a prospective Blue Coat and a number of those who already are members of the organization will compete to secure new members.
Fifly-six Blue Coats and prospective Blue ('oats will participate in the drive, according to Dr. Charlet “Chuck" Berger, immediate past chairman of the Chamber and chairman of the drive.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Berger continued. “The competition is great and there’s really a tremendous spirit of camaraderie that develops."
Berger stressed the importance of the Chamber to the community.
“Your Chamber is the organization that is doing what most people think just happens," the physician said. “It brings new jobs to town, it monitors proposed legislation to protect business from over-regula
tion, it preserves our quality of life, it attracts new dollars to our economy and it works closely with smaller businesses to help them to succeed ”
“If you’re not already a member of the Chamber," urged Mike Dietert, current chairman of the Chamber, “please be quick to join when someone calls you during the drive. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll be contributing to keeping New Braunfels the best place on earth to live and work."
Officials nix redistricting of justice, constable precincts
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herakl-Zeltung
Tfie Comal County Commissioners Court voted against the redistricting the Justice of the Peace and Constable Precinct 2 to include the Courthouse Annex, despite the economic justifications suggested by Commissioner Neil Craigmile.
“There’s several economic reasons for it," Craigmile said “We pay for a computer line right now, we pay for an extra line
going out to the J.P. 2, the convenience of the hot check program where everything would be and could be in this building at some point in time, security — we’ve had two break-ins and one... arson out there."
Craigmile moved that the voting precinct lines lie changed between Precincts 2 and 14 so the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace court could be moved into the Courthouse Annex in the future.
Commissioner Moe Schwab seconded the motion.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R. G. Blanchard opposed the redistricting, saying moving the court downtown would not be in the best interests of the population it serves.
“It’s a hair-brained idea trying to move down here," Blanchard said.
Blanchard objected to the accessibility of the office by Precinct 2 residents if moved, and disputed Craigmile’s comments regard ing security problems.
He also said the telephone line had been
there for that length of time also and computer line expenses were common to other remote county offices.
Kookie Barboza, who served on the redistricting committee when the present precinct lines were drawn, was also opposed to the motion.
She reminded the court great effort had been taken to maintain that court at its present location because it was considered to be important to the constituency of that precinct
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Barbara Hand, Steve Schulz and Adam Jose Castilleja. Belated Birthday wishes go to Havier F. Castilleja, Marta Johnson, Him Tilltis, Troy Walter Hansen, Noel Bautista, Tere Duran and Isaiah Rubio. Belated Anniversary wishes go to Steven and Blanca Sanchez
and Curtis and Tootle Nolte.Unicorn News
Tune in to UNIC NEWS on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on TCI Channel 8. Yvonne Gonzales and Ryan Smith anchor the New Braunfels High School news show, which features an exclusive interview with male Tqjano entertainer of the year, Emilio Navaira. Other segments spotlight the most special evening of the year — prom.Cancer Sociey phone
The Comal County unit of the American Cancer Society now has a local telephone. The number is 629-5717. Tile number will provide information about Cancer Society programs and services.’93 playoffs
Tonight marks the beginning of the second round of District 28-4A play, with Canyon and New Braunfels still clinging to hopes for a spot in the 1993 state baseball playoffs. Fora look at the season to date and at tonight's lineup see Sports, Page 5.