New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY April 27, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 141
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
$1.00Council considers eliminating 28 city positionsAt a glance
■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council meeting
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Council Chambers, Municipal Building. 424 S. Casted Ave.
By Dylan JimenezStaff Writer
New Braunfels city staff will recommend council eliminate 28 positions throughout city departments, saving the city $800,000 during a budget crunch.
If council approves Monday night, 13 staff members would be laid off.
Ixurt week, city department heads presented their budget requests. Most said they needed major funding for additional equipment and staff positions they had been
requesting for several years. Some department heads, including the police and fire chiefs, said they were not able to provide even minimum services to residents without major additions.
Now, council will look to reduce every city depart ment
except golf, sanitation and the airport the moneymaking departments.
Eliminations would include:
■ Administration: one administrative secretary in the city manager’s office;
■ Eire: three firemen, one administrative secretary, one deputy fire chief;
■ Police: four police officers, one assistant police chief;
■ Planning: one code
Second round of TAKS testing gets under way Tuesday
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“Well Fire Cookers" mascot-maker Bahar Lallinger is out with her crew of cookers for a third year, helping the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Barbecue Cook-off fund-raiser.
CL Chamber of Commerce hosts annual barbecue cook-off
By Sean Bowlin
Fun under the sun and plenty of cooked meat were what a lot of people were having at the Canyon Ijike Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Barbecue Cook-off Saturday afternoon.
‘This our major fund-raising event for the year, and this will provide us with operating funds for the rest of the year,” said chamber Executive Director Cheryl Gottfried.
Plus, it provided for a scholarship for a deserving
Smithson Valley High School student and the money promotes the lake and tourism, Gottfried said.
‘The lake, the river and tourism l^et H not forgot the river,” said chamber President Ed Wetzel.
Gottfried said more than (JO volunteers and 27 cook teams came to the event, located near the < luadalupe River's fourth crossing.
There were plent y of people eating and jamming to music under tents and in KVs, as barbecue pits sizzled.
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Janeda Gray (center, left) outbids Bobby Barclay (center, right) for the last time Saturday afternoon during the live auction at Hio Raft Co. The fifth annual Barbecue Cookoff drew hundreds to sample the food, music, dancing, auctions and children's art show
By Sean Bowlin
Even though Thxas Assessment of Knowledges and Skills (TAKS) testing this week won t determine whether students progress to the next grade, local school district officials are busily preparing students for the first math, science and social studies TAKS tests to be given.
“Teachers and principals have been working really hard all year with individual kids,” said Rosalyn Snitch cr, New Braunfels Independent School District assistant superintendent for instruction. “We’ve focused really hard on teaching the TKKS
Realtor: No for block of
By Dylan Jimenez
Almost overnight last weekend, several properties went up for sale along tin* .YOO block of Walnut Avenue and Sycamore Street on the corner of Business 35.
Four properties on Sycamore ii rid five on the parallel South Walnut have "for sale" signs erected in Bayards of the residences. Brink ken 4 e tm Transmission ami Lube shop, on the corner of Business 35 and Walnut, also is for sale.
The available group of properties is situated in a high-traffic volume area.
The block of property is zoned It 3 and (' 3, which opens it tip to several commercial op|>oftutulles. Anything from an apartment
At a glance
Upcoming TAKS Testing:
■ Tuesday - grades 3-8 and ll, mathematics
■ Wednesday grades 3, reading (retest); grades 4-8, reading. grade IO, mathematics
■ Thursday — grade 9, mathe mattes; grades 8,10 and 11. social studies, grade 5, science
■ Friday grades IO and 11, science
(Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the curriculum plan oil which TAKS is based) and teaching TICKS well. And that’s what we think is the hest preparation
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complex ton gas station to a lumberyard or KV park could lie built if tlx- small homes are torn down.
Century 21 United real estate agent Bob Seeger said he would consider selling the property iii chunks or altogether.
Brite’s retirement stirs flood of well-wishers
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
.Just after the July 2002 firxHl, Canyon Dike Manager .ferry Brite led U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials on a survey of the damage wrought by the Guadalupe River,
His boss, Greg Pope, remembered it well Friday at Brito's retirement luncheon
They went into a home that had been flooded to its sec ond f1<»or A woman was hIiov ♦ding out the smelly Guadalupe mud.
“She said to Jerry, 'Here, you nix*! to help me do this,”' Pope n en I led,
Each time Brite tried to take the shovel tried to
help she pill lei I it hack
“She wasn’t done chewing on me yet,” Brite recalled When water flooded over the Canyon Dam spillway Ii lith** first tune ever. a lot of people who didn t understand what had Implanted hinnied the Corps of Engineers. That woman wits convinced that Brite, who manages the lake, was resign risible for what had hap|H*n(*i to her home.
Brite kept trying to get the shovel, and she kept pulling it hack, yelling at the 34 year veteran public servant a little more.
“Finally, she said, 'Never ii ii ie I I don’t want yon mound here, You probably don't know how to use it, anyway.’"
Brite does know how to use a shovel, and Blites crew at Canyon I jake proved they all knew how to use one, too
In the aftermath of the flood, Corps workers went out into the community and helped wherever they could "We had park and maintenance workers ( leaning |m*o pies’ homes, They were get ting paid, and they were doing the federal job hut they were even asking to come iii on their days off and help,” Brite said
Friday, those staffers put on comedy skits, lliey roasted him. They hugged him and thanked him for being the* See BRITE/9AInside
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Jerry Brite bande a brochure on Canyon Lake to Shirley and Von Kin Carathers from Austin, wIkj were enjoying a "mini vacation" at tire lake Brite is retiring after 17 years ae Canyon Lake Manager with tile U S Army Corpn of Engineers. He afd hts wife, Susan, are starting their own nature tout business.
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