New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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City attorney says CVB petition invalid
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council killed a petition to make the convention and visitor’s bureau a city department because it was invalid.
District 6 Councilman Ken
Valentine, who spearheaded the petition, was outvoted 6-1 Monday after City Attorney Charlie Zech advised council a petition could not be used to create a city department.
Valentine hoped to get three petitions on the Nov. 2
Dress code sends SVHS parents back to the store
IN OTHER ACTION
Comal Independent School District trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint a trustee to fill the spot vacated by the June 22 resignation of Dora Gonzales.
The unfulfilled term ends May 2006 and must be filled by December. Rather than pay $1,500 for a special election Nov. 2, board members asked staff to advertise the position. The appointed trustee will retain the position until the next regular CISD election May 7, 2005.
‘I would suggest we move as soon as possible to appointing someone to fill her shoes,* said District 2 Trustee Dan Krueger. 'Her shoes are a bt bigger than they look.”
The application deadline is Aug. 19. Trustees will interview applicants and make an appointment Aug. 26.
Applications are available from the district office, 1421 North Business 35.
By Brandi Grissom
Laura link and her two children who attend Smithson Valley High School will be shopping for school clothes — again.
Comal Independent School District trustees Tuesday declined to postpone for one year enforcing at SVHS a dress code banning all graphics on clothes, except for high school or university-related items.
District administrators recommended postponing enforcement at SVHS because parents were notified of the change in July, whereas parents of Canyon High School students were notified as early as May.
birk said she was disappointed with the board’s decision. Her freshman daughter loves her sports logo shirts, and her junior son has several racing T-shirts. At about $20 apiece, they won’t be cheap to replace.
“I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a dress code,” TUrk said. “I definitely think there should be a much more stringent dress code, but just let us know.”
CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller said she recommended the compromise because SVHS parents did not have as much time to conform to the new dress code as CHS parents.
But trustees worried allowing different standards would be inequitable.
“The school district has talked so much about equality, and it bothers me that we have to have different rules for one school. I think it’s going to be an open door to other issues in the future,” said District 5 Trustee Rose Orvin.
Charles Burt, district 6 trustee, said he believed postponing enforcement at SVI IS was appropriate because those parents did not receive equal notification.
“I cannot support a program that basically ambushes a set of parents and says, ‘We’re sorry we didn't tell you all about this, but we’re going to make you live by these rules anyway,’” Burt said. “We have enough battles to fight with parents that we don’t have a lot of choices on. We don’t need to start adding to those battles over things we can easily fix."
Tracking the news
LAST WE KNEW: Nathan Love, 29, of Seguin, was injured Monday afternoon when his dump truck was struck by a train off FM 482 in Bracken.
LATEST: University Hospital officials Tuesday said Love was in stable condition.
NEXT: DPS Trooper Joel Machos! said Love would be cited for disregarding a stop sign.
ballot, including petitions to ban aluminum cans on local rivers and to designate the Comal County fairgrounds a city park.
Council voted 4-3 Monday to put the fairgrounds issue on the November ballot and 7-0 to let voters decided whether to
ban aluminum cans.
Valentine noted council had a maximum of IO days to act on the petitions after they were certified and presented by the city secretary.
“All three petitions were presented to council at 9 a.m. on July 16,” he said. “They waited
until the very last hour to act on the petitions.”
A petition to freeze property taxes for seniors will also be on the November ballot.
Valentine argued the convention and visitors bureau, which is operated by the Greater New Braunfels Cham
ber of Commerce, would be more cost-effective as a city-run department.
But Zech said the petition was invalid because it would create a new city department, which is an administrative
See PETITION, Page 3A
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Hope Hospice's new Executive Director, Joe McGrath, goes over a company manual with Performance Improvement Director Heidi Wall in his office Tuesday afternoon.
New Hope Hospice director McGrath no stranger to town
New Hope Hospice Executive Director Joe McGrath talks with Director of Spiritual and Psychosocial Services Carol Johnson Tuesday afternoon.
By Linda C. Jacobson
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
When Joe McGrath’s co-workers at XLHealth in San Antonio threw a going-away party for him, it was bittersweet.
“It always feels good to know that you have made an impact on people," McGrath said. “You may say that you don’t want them to make a fuss over you, but it sure feels good when they do.”
After nearly six years as director of Texas operations for the disease management company, McGrath packed up his office and said his goodbyes July 14. The following Monday, he started his new job as the executive director for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.
“When this opportunity came along, it was a once-in-a-lifetime shot,” he said. “I have lots of friends who volunteer for Hope Hospice. Every person I’ve talked to has absolute wonderful praise for Hope Hospice. I just really felt like I needed to be a part of it.”
While McGrath may be new to Hope Hospice, he’s no stranger to New Braunfels. I Ie and his wife, T racy, moved here in 1993. Tracy McGrath has been running her business, Simply Nails, on San Antonio Street, for the past IO years. The McGraths have three children — Pamela, 12, Brenden, ll, and Shelby, 4.
McGrath brings a solid combination
See DIRECTOR. Page 3A
NBU: New chemical won’t affect water’s taste
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels Utilities will change the disinfectant it uses in water treatment from chlorine to chloramines to meet new state requirements.
Chloramines are produced through a combination of chlorine and liquid ammonia sulfate.
NBU officials said chloramines will further reduce the levels of disinfection byproducts.
“This change is intended to benefit NBU customers by
reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease,” said Gretchen Reuwer, communications manger.
Roger Biggers, executive director of water services, said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality set new limits for disinfection by-products, called tri-halomethanes, in public drinking water supplies.
“While THM levels have always remained well below required limits in the NBU
water supply, converting to a treatment process that utilizes chloramines will enable NBU to reduce the amount of chlorine used in the treatment of drinking water,” Biggers said. “Ultimately, we will be able to further lower the levels of THMs.”
NBU officials said the changeover would be complete by Aug. 9.
Biggers said consumers would not notice changes in their drinking water.
“Using chloramines will not change the color or taste of
the water consumers use,” lie said.
Biggers said concerns about health effects from long-term exposure to high levels of THMs prompted TCEQ to set lower limits for these byproducts.
“Chloramines can cause problems for persons dependent on dialysis machines,” Biggers said. “A condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the disinfectant is not completely
See WATER, Page 3A
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