New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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fighters include varied complaince with standard procedures outlined in departmental manuals. Firefighters say each shift is at the whim of commanding officers as to how or if those prodecures are followed. Other complaints cite staffing shortages at some substations that require Central Station fire fighters to cover areas outside their assigned area.
Firefighters also said there are too few men on duty during certain times and at certain locations to adequately man some equipment.
During a reporter’s interview at Central Station Friday afternoon,
HFB store at 843 San Antonio reported theft of two cartons <4 cigarettes. The cigarettes were valued at $19.58.
— A burglary Thursday morning at the residence of Cynthia Muller, 25, in the HOO block of West Coll, resulted in the ioss of a $600 VCR unit and $500 in assorted jewelry items. Thieves gained entrance by breaking a window and unlocking a door, according to police reports.
— A $245 Escort radar detector was taken Thursday from Hie vehicle of
Texas State District Court Civil Filings
Usa D. Mosher v. William I). Mosher, protective order Kendall Noah v. Ernie Wendell dba Texas Western Auto Trim, damages Roberta B. langley v. Ralph E. langley, protective order
County Court at Law Judge Ronald J. Prichard
Pat Voigt, 132 S. Hickory, DWL $350 fine, 60 days probated for two years.
Rex Wayne Wets, Rt. 6, Box 460, DWL 60 days jail, license suspended one year.
Guadalupe R. Monceballez, DWL $400 fine, three days jail.
Michael A. Yyoude, Box 688F, Rt.
7, Canyon Uke, DWL 60 days jail, license suspended one year.
Robert Semersky, 410 River Road, Schertz, DWI, 60 days jail, license suspended one year.
. Guadalupe Escobedo, Rt. 2, Box 888, DWL $150 fine, 60 days probated • for two years.
Alfredo Garcia, Rt. 2, Box 317, San Marcos, criminal non-support, 60 days probated one year.
Paul C. Espinosa, Box 126, Sir. RI. I, DWI, IMO fine, 60 days probated two years.
Guadalupe Navarro, 2075, W. Michigan, unlawful carrying
weapon, IOO fine, 3 days fail.
Willie H. Brown, 4180 Harcourt, Amlin, DWI, license suspended six months, MOO fine, three days jail. Domingo Molina, 841StvUteTDWI.
several firefighters involved remarked that the chief had stopped to look at them and they expressed reservations about continuing the interview. They said they felt their jobs would be in jeopardy if greater detail of problems came out since the chief would know they spoke with the press.
Wilson said he was surprised and disappointed to learn of firefighters’s complaints. He said Saturday he is working with the association’s attorney to settle complaints from members. He said he plans to meet with association members this week to handle concerns about shift
Ik*nnis Hermer while in the driveway of his residence in the 300 block of South Willow.
— A McQueeney man. Michael Odell Weeks, reported the theft of $400 of women's clothing, a $75 pair of binoculars, four cassette tapes, valued at $20, and a $30 sleeping bag from a van he was using. The incident occured Thursday at the Fountain Motel, 1210 U.S 81 East The theives reportedly broke the van’s latch.
$350 fine, 60 days probated two years.
Joeseph Coffe, 201 Bristol Court, Victoria, possesion of marijuana, $200 fine.
Kenneth L. Matthews, Donelson, Texas, DWL $100 fine, 60 days probated two years.
Harry Joe Beck, Rt. 2, Box 161 A-4, DWI, $500 fine, 90 days probated two
changes and personnel policies within the department.
Scott Koehler, president of the association, said Saturday he did not want to comment on the nature of the grievance fearing any controversy might jeopardize the association’s chances of an informal settlement. He added that the association’s board met Saturday morning and decided officers should not make a public announcement concerning members’ concerns.
Wilson said he met with the association’s attorney Thursday over dinner to discuss the firefighters’ concerns. “Mainly it was things like the shift change and writing the personnel policy,” the fire chief said about the evening’s discussion. “I think everything went very well. I had the feeling that things were going to be resolved.”
The attorney was unavailable for comment.
Wilson said fire fighters presented him a with complaint following the January shift change. He cited Section 4.5 of the city personnel policy as his authorization for the order. The section authorizes department heads to make policy they find appropriate.
“I guess basically that’s what I'm hired for,” the chief said referring to the section.
Asked if he was satisfied with Wilson’s job as fire chief, City Manager Joe Michie responded, “What kind of question is that?”
Michie, who recently commented that “a good reporter would be over here digging for news,” said after his retort that he was satisfied with Wilson’s performance.
Despite Wilson’s and fire fighters’ acknowledged differences, Michie said the reporter’s inquiry was “the first I've heard of this. I don’t know what there is to investigate at this time.” He added he would require a formal complaint or other reason for initiating any investigation into fire department management or policies.
There were scattered showers and thunderstorms over the High Plains Saturday but elsewhere over Texas
— A $250 set of rear window louvers were removed from a car belonging to Carroll Shelton, who lives in the 700 block of Fredricksburg Road, while it was parked in the driveway. Though reported Thursday, the incident apparently happened sometime late last week.
— Police investigated a report of a simple assault made by Cheryl Keller, 27, that was made Thursday. The incident took (dace in the 600 block of Mather Street, according to police reports.
years, six days shock jail.
Geronimo Trevino, 1127 Winnipeg, San Antonio, DWL $350 fine, 60 days probated two years.
Craig Allen Smith, 1318 Hazelton, selling alcohol to a minor, $350 fine.
Edmon Gaconnet Jr. Rt. I, Box 68 Bulverde, assult with bodily injury, $125 fine, 45 days jail.
said city Finance Director Jim Jeffers, the trucks cost between $16,000 and $18,000.
That money, Michie explained, came from the federal revenue sharing program, which cities no longer receive. “So we have got to buy the garbage trucks out of the sanitation revenue,” he said.
“There are other points, it’s not just revenue production or expenditures,” Michie continued. “We have 28 people on the payroll that at a commercial company would be more labor than needed. We are probably not efficient because our equipment is not efficient — we have three-man trucks where we should have two-man trucks.
“Twenty-eight people on the payroll and all of their benefits — that affects our city insurance rates,” said the city manager. “We’re not looking at just the dollars of revenue produced by the garbage collector and the cost of the trucks, but also at reducing our insurance exposure of the trucks on
Calling the most recently proposed sign ordinance “streamlined,” Winkler said he expects the ordinance to be approved without the outbursts from advertisers that foiled the first attempt. He said the newest proposal is one that should benefit the community.
Winkler joined the council in 1977 and served as mayor from 1980-81. He pointed to expanded city limits a growing business community as evidence that New Braunfels is keeping up with and encouraging growth.
“We’ll all be facing some very important issues,” he said of New
skies were mostly cloudy, except for the deep south and sections of the Trans Pecos where sunny to partly cloudy skies prevailed.
An intense low pressure system over the northwest Panhandle and northeastern New Mexico brought strong west to southwest winds blowing dust across the Trans Pecos, and Edwards Plateau, especially at mountain passes.
Speeds were mainly 20 to 30 mph with gusts to more than 40 mph. More than 60 mph gusts were recorded at the Guadalupe Pass. South to southwest winds of IO to 20 mph were common elsewhere.
SOUTH TEXAS: Partly cloudy Sunday with scattered thunderstorms southeast texas in the morning. Clear to partly cloudy and cooler Sunday night and Monday. Highs Sunday upper 60s northwest to near 80 south, taws Sunday night
the street and 28 people on the payroll.”
Michie said that private-company garbage collection may also save the city 40 to 50 percent on auto service in the city’s garage.
The city manager said that if the city agrees to contract with a private garbage service, the city will insist that one of the provisions concern the current sanitation workers.
“They will either be offered a job, or I will have some fill-in jobs that I have left open — some similar type jobs. Or we will help them find jobs,” he said.
Along with employee security, Michie said the contracts would also control rate increases. “The city could set the contract arrangements as far as money any way we wanted to,” he said, explaining that the city would control the prices and increases.
“The contracts I’ve examined normally will have an escalator,” Michie said. “You bid the price and it’s good for one- or two-year period with an increase that would be tied to the consumer price index.
Braunfels’ future. Winkler added the major challenges facing the city council will be finding ways to protect water resources and to keeping the air free from pollutants. He said city taxes will have to be increased to keep up with growing needs within the city.
Winkler retired as principal of Seele Elementary School. Before working in education, he was a government employee. Winkler said he plans to continue his involvement in local events particularly dealing with the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department. He said he is very interested in park issues and would like to help improve the park system.
upper 30s northwest to near 50 south. Highs Monday 60s north to the lower 70s south.
Extended Forecast Tuesday through Thursday
SOUTH TEXAS: Mostly clear, dry and cool Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs in the upper 50s and 60s, around 70 lower Rio Grande, taws in -■ the 30s and 40s, near 50 lower coast and lo we)* valley. Increasing' clouds and not as cool Thursday. Highs in the 60s, 70s lower valley, taws in the 40s, 50s lower coast and lower valley.
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Tuesday through Thursday. Chance of showers Panhandle and south plains Tuesday and far west Thursday. Warmer Tuesday, cooler wednesday and Thursday, taws Panhandle mid 20s. Highs mid 40s cooling to near 40 Thursday, taws south plains mid 20s. Highs lower 50s Tuesday cooling to mid 40s bv Thursday, taws Permian Basin and Concho valley lower 30s to mid 30s. Highs around 60 Tuesday cooling to near 50 by Thursday, taws Big Bend near 30 mountains to near 40 lowlands. Highs mid 60s mountains to mid 70s along the Rio Grande.
NORTH TEXAS: No rain expected Tuesday through Thursday, taws in the upper 20 to upper 30s Tuesday the mid 20s to lower 30s Wednesday and in the 30s Thursday. Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s Tuesday and Wednesday and in the 50s Thursday.
“So you have an indicator, it’s not automatic,” the city manager said. “It would have to come back to the
Michie said the city would get a share of the private firm’s profits. “Either a contractual amount or a gross receipt franchise. Some cities charge IO or 15 percent.”
Michie said that if the city contracts out for services, one of the first things to be eliminated would be the recently enacted 50-cent surcharge for capital improvements. The city charges $7.50 and puts the 50 cents into a fund to pay for trucks.
The surcharge, which has been collected since January, could be put into other sanitation-related activities. “I would like to still see it being used for trash and sanitation usage — we’ve talked about new containers in the parks,” Michie said. “One idea is a city clean-up situation or use it at the landfill — keeping it in general sanitation and trash. Another possibilty of a rebate from utilities.”
A small private sanitation firm already operates in the city for certain larger business collections, such as grocery stores and the newspaper. “We don’t have the equipment and can’t service the larger accounts,” Michie said, adding that the city would give an exclusive franchise to the contracting firm.
“We would not make the existing industries and businesses that already have arrangements change,” Michie said. “We would take all the commercial and grandfather those businesses that already had made arrangements.”
Three large companies — BFI, Garbage Gobbler and Waste Management Inc. — have expressed an interest in contracting with the city. Requests for proposals will be sent to them, along with other interested private sanitation services, Michie said.
All three of the firms have also contacted the landfill board “to see if we would be interested in selling the landfill and operating it as a private corporation or leasing the landfill and them managing it,” said Michie, who is a member of the landfill board.
“We’ve got, here again, some work out there and costly equipment that needs to be replaced,” he said. “We’ve looked at incinerators and other ideas and this might be an opportune time to talk to the landfill board.
“We would need certain guarantees and assurances of proper rates in line with people’s abilities to pay,” the city manager said, adding that the two matters are not related at this time.
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Dinner and Auction
to Benefit Our Scholarship Fund
Monday, March 2,1987
Cocktails - 6:30 p.m. Dinner-7:30p.m.]
Schwamkrug’s Steakhouse 1440 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, Texas
GUEST SPE AKER: GLENN RICHTER Director, Longhorn Band
Dinner - $10,00 per person Cash Bar
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Queen and King of Hearts
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Melissa Gat/a won the title of New Braunfels High School's Queen of Hearts Saturday night. Her escort, Tim Zipp, was crowned King of Hearts during the coronation. Both students are seniors. The senior class won the competition by raising $5,950.27. Seniors of 1987 also
won tile fun night competition. The money raised by the classes goes to pay for the yearbook
Comal River.....................396 cfs (same)
Canyon Lake inflow.............950 cfs (down 15)
Canyon Lake outflow..............772 cfs (same)
Canyon Lake level..............909.04 (down .02)
Edwards Aquifer. ...........627,48 (down .04)
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