New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
2A New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Wednesday, February 13,1985
Consultant to get new computer
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County commissioners decided to buy the new computer consultant his first piece of hardware — an IBM microcomputer — in Monday’s meeting.
The machine retails for nearly $5,000, but Fred O'Neal, the information systems service director, said he already an offer for $3,095.
This desk-top model will allow O’Neal access to the criminal justice’s data system as well as the county auditor’s.
“I already own two software programs worth $1,190 made for this computer that I will use on the job to plan with: one is a word processor program and one is an electronic spread sheet that allows me to play ‘what-if. I also have another $2,500 worth of soft ware that might fit this machine, I’ll have to see first,” O’Neal said.
Commissioner J.L. (Jumbo) Evans asked what additional expenses the computer director forsaw in the near future.
“Right now the system has 32 ports with 31 attached. When I add mine, it will make it the last one that can be added. So later I will have probably come back for extra memory capacity and some idle ports,” O’Neal explained.
“You have already looked into a particular machine. With the tremendous variety and competition in this field, it seems we might be able to find something comparable for $2,000,” Evans said.
O’Neal explained that the other companies who make this size of machine intended it mostly to be used as home models, not business machines.
Evans was concerned that the contingency fund was already being dipped into.
The data system director said part of the use of his computer would be to separate some of the wordprocessing functions that were now mixed in the criminal justice systems programs.
“The additional flexiblity it would give us is another advantage. Right now if the JIM system broke down
everything in the criminal justice system would be at a stand still. You don’t want that. You want all data that needs to be shared in the same system, but not every function in the same computer,” O’Neal explained.
Evans expressed concern that the computer director does not have a proper office. Currently he shares space in the county auditor’s office.
“With the kind of work he does, he needs some privacy to think,” the commissioner said.
In other business, commissioners tabled a request by the private contractor who is building the extension on FM 3009 to use 7.7 acres of adjacent county land for a construction storage yard.
The original proposal included drilling a water well, but that offer was later taken back when the company found out from driller Charlie Kuhn that that site would probably require deeper drilling.
Without the well there was no advantage to the county.
“There is also some legal question whether we can let a private company use county property without any remuneration,” County Judge Fred Clark said.
Evans suggested a letter that would leave the door open for further negotiations be sent to the construction company.
County engineer Clark (Mac) McCoy in his monthly report told commissioners that the snow and ice had caused a lot of damage to some of the county roads.
“This will have significant impact on our construction budget. The roads are especially bad where the caliche under the road was soft. Then the surface pops up. It will take awhile to estimate the exact cost,” McCoy said.
Hark had been subpoenaed to appear Monday in the Austin commercial bribery trial of Attorney General Jim Mattox, but was excused until possibly later in the week.
A full deck
This hand of King and Queen of Hearts candidates has been dealt to New Braunfels High students, and the race is on to see which pair will be crowned Saturday night. The candidates are (top row, from left) John McKinney and Sheri Yates, seniors; Victor Sierra and Beth Broeker, juniors; (bottom row, from left) Alan Matney and Yvette Haeglin, sophomores; and Greg Seay and Lethe Lagunas, freshmen. The class which raises the most money in its fundraising activities this week will have its candidates crowned Saturday.
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A workshop on campus needs at Mountain Valley, Smithson VaUey and Bulverde schools wiU follow the Comal ISD’s regular board meeting Monday night at Mountain VaUey /School in Sattler.
Originally set for Feb. 4, the first workshop on the district’s future bond issue was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
CISD Supt. Bill Brown said the workshop is now being combined with the regular monthly meeting because of that cancellation, and will begin immediately following the regular meeting. Brown wiU also be presenting enrollment statistics for those campuses, and in-house
drawings of proposed changes.
“These are the first schools we must look af in terms of additions and modifications. We’re also looking at an alternate program for a middle school campus in that area,” Brown added.
During the regular board meeting, trustees wUl officially caU an April 6 election. Board members whose terms are expiring are Jim Rector, Karen Rust and Kenneth Wunderlich.
Dates for employee hoUdays and high school graduations will also be considered, as well as a bid for
library books, school furniture and approval for construction of a temporary classroom building at Smithson Valley High School by the building trades class there.
Brown will report on the National School Board Association convention on March 30-April 2 in Anaheim, Calif. He will also update the board on Goodwin Primary, which was vandalized on Jan. 27, and the Bunker Road railroad crossing patrol program.
The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the special workshop will immediately follow.
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Calendar of Events
Historic Landmarks Commission: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, City Hall council chambers.
Utilities Review Committee: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Parks and Recreation office meeting room.
Options and Opportunities Committee: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Parents of Twins: Valentine’s party, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Eden Home.
VFW Post 7111 Auxiliary: 7:30 p.m. Wedesday, 600 Peace.
Captain James Jack Chapter, DAR: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 260 Lakeview.
Great Books Clubs: Group B — 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dittlinger Memorial Library. Group A — 7-9 p.m., Eden Home activities room.
Knights of Columbus: business meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, KC Hall.
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Community service: grapefruit distribution, I a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 542 Comal.
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