New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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TV GRIDS 9Council heartily approves city manager
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels city council unanimously selected Abilene’s Michael Morrison as the city’s new manager Monday.
The group was all smiles as Mayor Bruce Boyer made the announcement by reading from a press release after a 30 minute executive session during which council considered Morrison’s contract terms.
Although the announcement seemed somewhat stilted, Boyer’s excitement in welcoming Morrison to town was genuine.
“We’re really pleased to have you,” he said, shaking the new manager’s hand. “We’re really looking forward to having you here.” “Well I’m delighted to be in New Braunfels, and I’m looking forward to being here for many years to come,” Morrison replied. Morrison will begin his new job
Feb. I, after spending the last 20 years in Abilene. He currently serves as assistant city manager, but also has worked as administrator of the city’s housing and community development division and the director of its economic development department.
Several council members said it was Morrison’s diverse experience that almost immediately catapulted him to the top of the seven-candidate manager finalist list.
“I Ie brings so much knowledge to the table,” said District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill. “We’re really excited to have him here. A new set of eyes will help see opportunities for improvement in our city.”
District 5 Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger said Morrison’s depth and variety of experience impressed her right away.
“It’s evident that he is a person of many talents and maturity,”
In his introduction letter to city council via selection firm Ralph Anderson & Associates, Morrison listed several projects he worked on in Abilene that likely provided good advance experience for his future work in New Braunfels.
“We have redeveloped our downtown; created neighbor-hood-based planning efforts, and revitalized a devastated economy,”
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Care manager Cindy Beckwith of Hope Hospice of New Braunfels checks the heart rate of Hope Macias.
Hospice workers find lessons of life in facing death
By Jessica Sanders
SEGUIN—In the weeks before her wedding, jitters aren’t much of a problem for Hope Macias. The real trouble is the weather.
Hope, 35, was wrapped up in colorful sheets to ward off last week’s arctic chill. Too tired to answer the door and almost too weak to talk, the colder temperatures have done a number on the bride-to-be.
“Hope’s not feeling so well today,” explained Cindy Beckwith, a care manager from Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.
Once a week, Cindy stops by Hope’s Seguin apartment. Some days she simply performs a check-up; other days are a little more serious.
“Sometimes I only come once a week,” Cindy said. “Sometimes it’s two or three times a week, depending on her condition.”
In 2002, Hope was diagnosed with a terminal disease called systemic scleroder-
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ma. The illness causes hardening of her skin, most noticeably on her face and hands. But the most serious signs of the illness are internal—the hardening of heart and lung tissue.
Last year, Hope’s condition was complicated by a bout of pneumonia She refers to the episode as the time she almost died.
“After that, I realized that I didn’t want
my family to have to care for me,” Hope said. “I needed more help titan I was getting.
Fourteen months ago, I lope was accepted into I lope Hospice, a program whose workers are focused not on treatment as much as the acceptance of the dying process. I lospice patients are those expected to live six months or less, though some are full of surprises, Cindy said—and I lope certainly has been.
“One day she told us she wanted to get married,” Cindy said with a laugh. “She just kind of sprang it on us.”
Hope and her fiance, 33-year-old Roland Rangel, were planning an April wedding. However, under the advice of Hospice workers, they moved it up to Saturday, Dec. 17.
“We wanted to make sure she could get married the way she wanted to,” Cindy
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Tm very blessed to have them as part of my caretaking.’
Comal ISD ready for bond vote
By Jessica Sanders
Comal County residents will have a final chance today to cast their ballots in the $189 million Comal Independent School District bond election.
Kari Hutchison, communications director for CISD, said a record number of voters came to the polls during two weeks of early voting. Between Nov. 28 and Friday, 2,215 people voted, compared to the 1,700 people who voted early during the 1999 bond election.
“We really hope to see the same kind of numbers on Tuesday," I lutchison said.
There are about 52,000 registered voters in the district, and CISD officials are hoping for a turnout of at least IO percent.
Imposition I is for $155 million and will include three elementary schools, one middle school, renovations, conversions, upgrades to existing schools, buses, technology, land and a support facility.
Proposition 2 is for $34 million and
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‘Junk’ ordinance changes might make it harder to leave it around
By Leigh Jones
Santa Claus probably would give a lump of coal to people who violate New Braunfels’ “junk” ordinance, but city council decided stiffer penalties would be more effective.
Council members unanimously approved the first reading of modifications to the ordinance that should discourage residents from letting trash or weeds pile up on their properties.
The changes will allow the city to take a resident to municipal court for more titan one violation within a 12-month period, lf convicted, the repeat offender could be fined between $100 and $2,000 per day.
Currently, citizens can have multiple citations for the same violation and never be fined.
Although he approved the changes, District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine questioned whether the city might not be responsible for contributing to the junk collections.
“Why does trash accumulate?” he asked. “Is it that people really love that old couch in
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