New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
_ T „ WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels August 1,2001
14 pages in 2 sections
"HP”” ^ pages in 2 secti<Herald-Zeitung
— •Vol. 150, No. 225 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents
By Amy Clarkson
After netting more that $48,000 in its first months, the city’s river management plan has received praise from outfitters and tourists, according to Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
Part of that plan included a controversial river management fee to fund the comprehensive proposal.
Outfitters opposed the fee, asking the city to remove a required wristband for everyone using a public exit from the rivers inside the New Braunfels city limits.
The city council removed the wristbands and kept the fee — a plan that started thus summer.
Over the busy Memorial Day weekend, known as the “kick-off’ to the summer tourism season, the city collected $13,000 from the river outfitters. For the month of June, the city collected more than $35,000.
Ferguson said it was too early in the season to know if the money collected would
meet the river management budget.
“It’s early to say,” he said. ‘We’ll have to wait and see. We’ve had some indications from outfitters that business is down this summer. This management fee is something new for the city; we’ll just have to see how it will pan out. The numbers can be misleading, because this is just from the beginning of the summer.”
Janey Lackey, at River-Bank Outfitters, said she had a slow start to the season — which is reflected in the numbers currently available from the city.
“We had a very slow spring,” she said. “But we had an excellent July. I think it’s shaping up to be a pretty good season overall.”
The estimated budget for the river management plan — which includes uniformed police officers patrolling on weekends — is set at $125,000, Ferguson said. He said the budget doesn’t come solely from the management fee. It also includes shuttle
A member of the 6th Civil Support Team explains the inner workings of their Unified Command Suite, or communication vehicle. The team gave a terrorism seminar Tuesday at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office for area law enforcement agents.
Emergency personnel get lesson in terrorism
By Martin MALACARA
Knowledge is power, for both good guys and bad.
That’s why police, fire and rescue personnel from Comal and surrounding counties participated in a training session Tuesday dealing with terrorism at the Comal County Emergency Operations Center.
Participants listened to a presentation from members of the 6th Civil Support Team talk about how this special anti-terrorist team, part of
the National Guard, can also assist local emergency personnel in times of natural or man-made disaster.
This team, stationed in Austin, is one of IO teams around the nation created in 1999 to respond to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction or other catastrophic events.
The teams cover a specific region apportioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Efforts are underway to create 22
Caleb Gentry stands in front of the Tree of Life Church on Loop 337 in New Braunfels Tuesday with his parents, Jerome and Debbie. Caleb was nearly electrocuted while at summer camp at the El Shaddai Ranch near Yorktown. His mother said it was a miracle he’s alive.
By Ron Maloney
Ask Debbie and Jerome Gentry about miracles. Their nine-year-old son, Caleb didn’t get a horseback ride when he went to summer camp last week with his youth group from the Tree of Life Church.
What he got instead was an ambulance ride, although he doesn’t remember it.
Caleb was swimming Monday afternoon, July 23, at the El Shaddai Ranch, a Christian camp near Yorktown, when he was nearly electrocuted by a faulty pool light — and then nearly drowned.
Caleb was one of about 80 New Braunfels area children at the camp last week.
Tree of Life Church Senior Pastor, Mike Fehlauer said the church has sent a group of kids to the camp for years with no problems whatsoever.
Even still, adults and church staff accompany the children.
Among the chaperones this trip were lifeguard Tammy Scholl and nurse Laura Dietert, both members of the Tree of Life congregation.
Quick attention by Scholl and Dietert saved Caleb Gentry.
But they didn’t act alone.
The hand of God was visible in bringing her boy back home, Debbie Gentry said, and her family has had its faith affirmed by the miracles that combined to save his life.
“They’d just done a swimming test in the shallow end of the pool,” Debbie said. “What I understand, is the kids were telling the counselors as they got out of the water that their skin felt kind of tingly.”
As the kids got out on one end of the pool, Caleb, a confident swimmer, jumped in at the deep end with some others.
“Caleb is such a good swimmer,
that’s the first place he goes. He’s like a fish — he swims underwater,” Debbie said. He swam down, near the underwater lamp that officials found had a broken rubber seal.
A girl who was swimming close by got into trouble at the surface of the pool and called out for help.
“She said she couldn’t move,” Debbie said.
The counselors got her out, and as they did, they saw Caleb 4 or 5 feet below, at the bottom of the pool. He wasn’t moving.
With no regard for the danger, Tammy Scholl dove for him and brought him up.
“He was unconscious and wasn’t breathing when he came up, but his heart was beating,” Debbie said. “They didn’t have to do CPR. They did some rescue breathing and stuff. He was unconscious for awhile.”
Debbie said Caleb’s rescuers got
Key Code 76
CISD sets date to approve new budget
By Martin Malacara
Funding staff for a new high school just after giving out raises to other district employees will be the top priority for budgeting when Comal Independent School District meets Aug. 23 to adopt the 2001-2002 budget.
Trustees met Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School to vote on when to approve the new budget.
The school district is look
ing for funding to pay new faculty and staff salaries for a new high school near Canyon Lake.
District officials said operation costs for the new school would run between $3 million to $5 million.
The board will meet 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Canyon High School to listen to public input before adopting the budget.
In May, the district gave teachers a minimum $2,000
pay raise, along with raises for other employees.
The pay raises will cost the district $2 million, district finance director Abel Campos said.
Th fund the pay increase, budget cuts of more than $800,000 were made, including administrative staff reductions in the central office.
Starting salary for teachers will be $31,000. For the
Different job, same paycheckCity rakes in cool $48 grand in first months of river fee
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Although he packed his office and officially began his retirement Tuesday, Mike Shands will receive his full pay while working as a consultant through October.
So New Braunfels is paying the salary for two city managers. Hector Tomayo, who takes the helm as interim city manager while a search firm finds a permanent replacement, will earn $6,000 a
month while working under contract for the city.
City leaders opted to pay both men to provide a smooth transition between city managers, Mayor Stoney Williams said.
“You can’t just cut and leave,” he said. “There needs to be some kind of a transition. I’m told it’s very, very common to pay the city manager to be a consultant and hire an interim city manager.”
Shands earns $107,017 annually as city manager. He will receive the monthly equivalent of that through Oct. 31, City Finance Officer Chet Lewis said.
“He is still a paid employee, still part of city staff,” he said. “He just isn’t the city manager. He’s a consultant.” While Shands is still considered a full-time city employee, complete with benefits, Tomayo is a contracted employee, Lewis said. He is
under a month-to-month contract with the city to act as city manager.
“He will get a city-owned vehicle,” Lewis said. “And will be reimbursed for any abnormal expenses, but any vacation he takes will be unpaid.”
Funds for the search firm are budgeted, with $90,000 set aside for professional services, Lewis said. Tomayo’s salary is an unplanned expense, so the money will come from the general fund.
CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands, seated, goes over last-minute details with Interim Manager Hector Tomayo Tuesday before beginning his retirement.
He was nearly electrocuted at summer camp, but...Faith pulls him through