New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Garden Ridge to decide on its form of government
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Garden Ridge City Council will decide tonight what new direction its city government will take in terms of day to operations.
CounciImembers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Garden Ridge Municipal Court Building to determine whether they want a city manager, a city administrator or a full-time paid mayor .
After a lengthy discussion on the issue at its meeting last month, the council decided to table all three options for further study.
Council members Georgia Eckhardt and Russ Sanders have contacted cities in the area who have city manager form of governments and asking them how their system works.
. Mayor Jay P. Minikin said he favors hiring a
“My recommendation to the council would be to hire a city administrator,” Minikin said. “I think we are too small to go to a city manager form of government.
A city administrator, in my opinion, would require the city council to stay tuned to the management responsibilities and would not require them to delegate authority to a city administrator like they would under a city manager.”
If the council were to vote for a city manager form of government, it would not go into effect unless Garden Ridge residents voted for it.
Minikin firmly believes that the council should still be the direct manager of the city government.
“For a city our size, it is appropriate for the
council to stay closely involved with the management responsibilities as possible,” he said. “At least my personal feeling is expenditures in the budget need to be approved by the council.”
Councilman Jay F. Feibelman agreed.
“I am still leaning towards a city administrator with the proper job descriptions,” he said. “If we had a city administrator who ran the city and have the mayor as a part timer as it should be, then you don’t have to have a city secretary. That is my opinion.”
Feibelman said he has nothing against the job performance of current City Secretary Chris Boring, but he believes if the council decides to hire a city administrator/city manager there would not be enough work for that position and the city secretary to do.
• “I can’t see two people running this city,” Feibelman said. “One person would probably be adequate to run this city in eight hour days with the support of the city council, the water commission and planning and zoning commission.”
Feibelman believes that if the council votes to htre a city administrator Boring would be one of the top candidates for the job.
“I would think she would be in consideration for the job,” he said.
Councilman Bill Harris said he favored the idea of a paid full-time mayor, although he is still open minded to the other two ideas.
“I think we have retired (military) people who can carry the load who are in their 60’s, mature and can provide the experience,” Harris said.ObituariesCarol Ford
Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Carol Ford of Canyon Lake, who died Tuesday, Dec. 3,19%, at the age of 59 years.7QtlIer-=z
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Martha Scheel of New Braunfels, who died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 82 years.
Ifoo of public land for private purposes questioned
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — County employees and their families are hunting on taxpayer-owned land that is closed to use by the general public, according to a published report.
The Daily Sentinel reported today that the legality of the land use has been questioned.
The newspaper reported that several hundred acres of Angelina County land purchased by Nacogdoches County and set aside as mitigated wetland is being used as a private hunting lease for county employees, with taxpayer money being used to clear roads and do work around cabins on the property.
The county paid $300,006 in 1994 for 852 acres just across the Angelina River bridge on Highway 7 west as part of the effort to build Lake Naconiche.
The county purchased the land because environmental laws require that any wetlands that are destroyed be replaced.
The land was to replace the wetlands that would be destroyed if Lake Naconiche is built.
BIN takM abn at conviction reversals on technicalities
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas appeals courts shouldn’t use harmless, technical errors as the basis for throwing out otherwise valid criminal convictions, State Sen. J.E. “Buster” Brown says.
The Republican from Lake
Jackson filed a bill Tuesday for the upcoming legislative session to prohibit convictions from being reversed for so-called harmless errors.
Such errors violate court rules, state laws or constitutional provisions but don’t change the outcome or sentence imposed in a trial.
John Boston, executive director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, called the bill unnecessary and said his group will oppose it.
Fewer than I percent of criminal convictions arc overturned on appeal and the effect of technical errors often are hard to measure, Boston said.
Hutchison switch** to Appropriations Committe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is leaving behind matters military and instead taking more of a voice in federal spending.
The Texas Republican announced Tuesday that she’s switching from the Senate Armed Services Committee to the Appropriations Committee, the panel responsible for doling out federal dollars.
Texas has been without
representation on the powerful committee since last year, when fellow Republican Phil Gramm traded an Appropriations
subcommittee chairmanship for a slot on the policy-shaping Finance Committee.
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Audit: Chang** n**d*d bi Lon* Star Card program
AUSTIN (AP) — Despite a rocky start, the state’s program for distributing welfare benefits electronically is working well,
according to a new state audit.
Retailers and program participants criticized the Lone Star Card program when it began about a year ago for delayed benefits and for communications problems with the electronic system.
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water would then be transported into the pipeline to San Marcos’s surface water treatment plant, which is expected to be in operation by the summer of 1999.
West said building a proposed pipeline from Canyon Lake to San Marcos would be a very difficult task to accomplish because of the cost factors involved.
“We even looked at physically moving it from the lake to San Marcos,” West said. “The cost, because of the rock, made it cost prohibitive ... three times expensive than moving it from Dunlap to San Marcos. The expense of drilling and rock hauling make the project very expensive.
“Releasing the water from Canyon and letting it run downhill to Dunlap by the force of gravity you end up with a shorter pipeline, plus it is in black dirt rather than solid rock over the hills.”
West said he is pleased with the progress of the agreement GBRA has made with San Marcos.
“It is going great. We are rushing along," he said. “We have the concept of how we want to do it am the outline on how we want to do it It is just trying to convert it to legalese.”
Southwest Texas State University has been the only other regional entity to join into the agreement. West is hopeful other water entities in Hays County will join in the future.
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interim superintendent should be paid, the board should take the salary and benefits of the current superintendent and divide it by the number of days in his contract. She added that the contract is for a short term, and runs on a month to month basis.
Several board members than gave brief reports on various individuals or groups who could possibly conduct the superintendent search. Trustee Steve Weaver requested that the groups be asked to submit a formal proposal for the board consideration. Despite about 20 minutes of discussion on the search in open session, trustees said this would not be the end of the talks, and the public would have a chance to have input on the process.
Lillie Quinn, formerly of New Braunfels, went to be with Jesus on December I, in Salt Lake City. Graveside services will be in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Surviving is husband Earl Quinn; daughter Darien Nohm and husband of New Braunfels; son Robert Humphreys and wife of Sedalia, Mo.; grandchildren from New Braunfels, Karen Hopkins, Sharon Nohm, Rob Nohm, Ellen Swetmann, and the late Randy Nohm; one greatgrandchild from New Braunfels, Chrissy Laubach and great-great grandchildren from other locations.
Lillie was bom in 1900 and v.Tote a book on her life when she was 87. A loving mother and grandmother will be missed by all, but secure in the arms of Jesus.
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