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Comp.Commissioners take look at '83 budget
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comal Commissioners got their first glance at the county’s “1983 wish book” Monday afternoon.
That “wish book,” as Comm. Monroe Wetz termed it, was the proposed 1983 budget.
Soon after he’d handed out copies of the preliminary 1983 budget to Commissioners Court, County Auditor Bate Bond began explaining the budget. He soon quit explaining, however, at the request of Comm. Charles “Tart” Mund.
Mund, along with County Judge Max Wommack, did not wish to publicly discuss the budget until commissioners had a chance to study it.
“Why don’t we look it over ourselves and come to (Bate) Bond if we have any quesstions?” Mund suggested.
“I personally feel like it would be better...if I could thumb through it (the budget) first and when I come to anything that I don’t feel is right, put a question mark beside it,” Mund said.
“I don’t want it put in the paper that this is what we’re working on (in terms of possible salary increases and granting revenue requests),” Mund added, “until we know more.”
Judge Wommack agreed with Mund. “I didn’t intend for this to be a workshop,” said Wommack, who explained that the court needed time to review the budget.
Bond also concurred. “I think it’d be a little premature to get information into the newspaper of this thing (budget).”
Monday’s budget discussion was but the first in a series of such discussions. From now until July 30, the court will hear recommendations from Wommack concerning the proposed budget, Tim Darilek, court administrative assistant, said Friday.
The final 1983 budget will not be up for adoption until the end of August.
Bond did not yet have a total tabulated figure for all budget requests he’d received from various county departments He did note, however, that the department requests made for the 1983 budget, were more than those made in last year’s budget. The 1982
total budget amounted to $4.75 million.
And the auditor did have totals for 1983 federal revenue sharing.
As of July 1,15 county agencies had requested $400,000 in revenue funds. Unfort uately, the county has only been promised $176,000, which is $224,000 short of what has been requested.
Those agencies which requested revenue sharing funds and the amounts requested included: the Senior Citizen Center, $1,500; Home Care for Senior Citizens, $3,000; Community Service Center, $4,900; Mental Health-Mental Retardation, $5,000.
Also, Tye Preston Memorial Library, $10,000; Citizens Task Force on Water, $1,000; Aging Program, $5,000; Juvenile
Center (Teen Connection), $15,000; Dittlinger Memorial Library, $25,500; and Solid Waste Control Board (for equipment), $40,000.
In addition, the five county fire departments also made requests for federal funds.
These included, Canyon I^ake Volunteer Fire Department, which requested, $49,500; Bulverde Spring Branch EMS, $1500; Bexar-Bulverde V.F.D., $23,100; Spring Branch V.F.D., $25,000 and Bracken V.F.D., $175,000.
Bond told commissioners that he “doesn’t yet have the (county) income figures because I haven’t yet gotten the information from the tax appraisal (office).”
He said he expects Glenn Brucks, chief
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TEC rules fired policeman due unemployment benefits
Hitchin' a ride Staff photo by John Senter
Summertime means bicycle rides, and what's a bicycle ride 1380 Cross St. shows Hazel the town as he pedals down S.
if a guy can't take his best friend along? Darrell Schacht of Caste!!.
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A Texas Employment Commission "appeals tribunal” ruled in favor of fired police Sgt. Domingo Herrera, clearing the way for him to receive unemployment compensation.
Herrera, who was fired Feb. 19 for the alleged theft of $50 from a charity fund drive here, denied stealing the money and applied for unemployment benefits.
The city fought the application, which was disqualified March 17, but didn’t contest the tribunal ruling, which came June 22. An appeals deadline of July 2 passed without further city action.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said Herrera would receive his unemployment checks from the state, which in turn would bill the city. He didn’t know how much money was involved; no bills were received at city hall as of Tuesday morning, he said.
City Attorney Irvin Boarnet said he hadn’t read the tribunal report and therefore couldn’t comment immediately on whether the ruling could strengthen Herrera’s case against the city, should Herrera decide to take New Braunfels to court.
Boarnet said his office has received no indication Herrera has filed suit against the city or is planning to.
Police Chief Burney Boeek fired Herrera on the basis of a polygraph or ' lie detector” test, but the 12-year police veteran was not arrested for misdemeanor theft and was later “no billed” for any felony by a
Comal County grand jury.
City Council supported the decision as an “administrative” function of the police chief, amid cries for his reinstatement from an ad hoc “Committee for Justice” led by Aguinaldo “Nayo” Zamora in March and April.
Zamora distributed copies of the appeals ruling to the press at Monday's Council meeting after asking Council members if they knew of the TEC decision. Council members said they knew.
Herrera’s “failure to pass a polygraph examination is not proof of (his) theft of any money,” the tribunal concluded. “Since the claimant (Herrera I lias denied under oath taking the money, and there was no first-hand testimony presented at the hearing to dispute this, it is held that the claimant was discharged for reasons other than work-related misconduct."
At the tribunal hearing, the city submitted an affidavit or sworn statement from Herrera’s accusing witness, but “the name of the accusing witness was not furnished ... his name was cut out of the affidavit, as were the names of the other individuals w ho were in the room at the time the money was counted," the report stated.
Boeck has stated in previous interviews he wouldn’t release the accuser’s name for fear of reprisals. Boeck also would not say whether the accusing w itness was a fellow police officer.
The report, signed by appeals referee Dick Kingsley, included a
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S.A. man identified as Canyon Lake victim
Parks board moves fast, approves Hinman plan
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Despite the efforts of a nearby camper and the Canyon I.ake Emergency Medical Service, George Rentera died of drowning Saturday afternoon.
The 20-year-old San Antonio resident was pulled unconscious from Canyon Lake between 3 and 4 p.m., given cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and rushed by am-City buys
The city will spend $180,209 over the next three years to lease-purchase a computer and “software” programs for police and fire department records and for payroll, accounting and financial uses at city hall.
City Council authorized a three-year lease-purehase arrangement for an NCR 90-20 computer after listening to a report from the city’s computer consultant, Dr. George Weinberger, on Monday.
Total cost will be $180,209, including “peripherals” like a $15,000 Bensmiller Police-Fire software package and a $5,000 Management Information Service System program.
The first of three payments will be $65,903, most of it coming from
bulance to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by a doctor at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Rentera fell into the lake just offshore at Potter's Creek Park, said Comal County Sheriff’s investigator Pat Parker.
“It was a party out of San Antonio,” said Parker. “This one guy was wading around in the water
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federal revenue sharing funds.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said he wasn’t sure when the computer would be operational because, like the planning that went into the bidding and final recommendation, the city was going to move at a “slow, methodical, in-depth pace.”
“Ninety percent of the work I do for municipalities involves troubleshooting, because they don’t take the planned approach,” Weinberger said.
Weinberger, a professor at Southwest Texas State University, will be retained as a consultant for $800 a month, not to exceed $9,600 a year. His consultant fee, for work which began in October, was $10,000.
Of the 37 companies that first expressed an interest in supplyingInsideAl I-star games
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the city’s computer needs, bids were received from seven of them, Weinberger said.
Training of city personnel is part of the deal, but after a year the city may want to hire a “programmer,” Delashmutt said.
He gave credit for most of the work to Weinberger and city Finance Director Jim Jeffers.
“It’s an excellent report I’ve asked a lot of questions. It’s one of the biggest steps the city has taken for the future,” Delashmutt said.
Weinberger said he was “impressed with the (NCR’s) application software in the areas of payroll, finance, police-fire. Ifs one of the most powerful software packages for this size city.”
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
If the Hinman Island Redevelopment Project falls through this go-round, indecision on the part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board won’t be to blame.
In less than 30 minutes Monday night, a site plan for redeveloping Hinman Island was introduced, discussed and approved by the board, under the guidance of Parks Director Don Simon and the city’s administrative aide Court Thieleman.
By way of contrast, months and months in 1980 were spent discussing ‘people erosion’ at Hinman Island by the parks board and the Hinman Island Parks Improvements Committee. “Everyone understood the problem then. It was right there before your eyes,” board chairman Sharon Phair said. “But no one could decide exactly what should be done about it, so not much got done.”
Monday night was a different story, hopefully with a much happier ending. The site plan illustrated a retaining wall or “bulkhead” of metal plates faced with 2-by-12s of cedar or similar natural-looking timber, treated for resistance to water and weather. The wall would support a 10-foot-wide jogging trail of crushed granite pebbles and
contain waterside platform areas and three sets of steps leading into the water.
“Our biggest concern is people erosion.’ Jumping in the water doesn’t hurt the river bank. It’s people climbing out, carving handholds and grabbing roots,” Simon said.
“If we give people places to get in and out of the water, they’ll use them — especially since the wall w ill be about four to six feet higher than the water level,” he added.
Gabions, rocks held in place by wire netting installed in 1980, have proven especially attractive to swimmers and tubers who want to climb out of the river. The wire is now twisted, much of the rock is gone and the water has carved inlets on both sides.
“We would have to go 14 feet down to get to hard stuff for the river wall,” Simon told the board. “We were told the steel should last over IOO years, and the wood 50 years in or out of the water.”
The site plan also showed two low walls of wood piling, backed by dirt filler, which would conform to the contours of the land, and help correct the bare-earth wear and tear currently seen on the hillside between the river and Hinman Island Drive. Playground equipment and picnic tables would be relocated to
the newly-level areas away from the water.
lf all this hints erosion control, that’s okay. But application for funds will be made to the Parks and Wildlife Department through recreational development.
"We may have erosion controls tucked away in this project, but they are only part of support facilities for the hike and bike trail,” Simon said.
“I guess that’s right,” said Phair.
“If you have a hike and bike trail along the river, you have to have a wall to support it." Everyone chuckled.
Money might pose a problem because local funding is uncertain, except for the $20,000 the city already has budgeted for “betterment of lands” in city parks. But the city apparently has an almost certain chance of getting matching funds from the Wildlife Department.
That’s why the parks board’s recommendation to City Council included a request that local funding be as close to half of the total cost of the project as possible.
“At today’s prices, we’re looking at around $225,000 to finish the whole thing,” Simon told the board, recalling that the park’s July I budget allocated $10,000 for walkways, and $15,000 for a sprinkler
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