New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, JUNE 19,2007
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Vol. 154, No. 188 14 pages, 1 section
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TV GRIDS IOAG will not get involved in STOP lawsuit
By Mark Koopmans
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has decided not to get involved with the lawsuit between New Braunfels and a group known as Stop The Ordinances Please.
“We’re going to decline the judge’s invitation to get involved," said Abbott’s press secretary Tom Kelly on Monday. “We’d like to leave it as a local issue.”
Scott Tschirhart, who represents
‘We’d like to leave it as a local issue,’ official says
STOP originally filed the lawsuit — aimed at throwing out New Braunfels river ordinances regulating cooler size and other rules on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels — with the Comal County District Court in April.
An amendment on May 30 expanded the lawsuit to include eliminating the $1.25 per person river management fee levied on
outfitters by the city.
Officials with the law firm of William McKamie, which is representing the city, said they received notification from the attorney general late Friday afternoon.
“Without giving a reason, the letter determines they are not going to intervene,” attorney Bradford Bullock said. “Relatively speaking, the AG rarely enters into this type of
case. They will, if it is something that impacts on a state wide basis. The fact they didn’t — our opinion is we’re not surprised by the decision.”
Visiting Judge Ron Carr — presiding over the case in place of District Judge Charles Ramsay who recused himself — had given the attorney general until Monday to respond to the lawsuit.
Attorneys for STOP are seeking an injunction against the city alleging a violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, according to court papers.
Members of the lawsuit include: Rockin “R” River Rides, Texas Tithes, Corner Tubes, Gruene Home Run Batting Cage & Tubing, Stone Randall Williams and Lindsay Michelle Crim.
Tschirhart told the I lerald-Zeitung this See LAWSUIT, Page 6
Residents speak out on Gruene bridge proposal
By Laura Blewitt
A public meeting held by the Texas Department of Transportation on Monday night started off with an emotional interruption by Ron West, who pleaded with attendees to save the Gruene Road Bridge.
Other New Braunfels citizens expressed both opposition and hope for a proposed replacement of the bridge, with emphasis on health and safety issues as
well as concern for the impending loss of a historic treasure.
The proposed plan for the bridge that spans the Guadalupe River includes two 12-foot lanes with 3-foot shoulders and 6-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge, and handrails that reach three feet and six inches, said Greg Malatek, TxDQT area engineer for New Braunfels.
While the current bridge becomes covered by water
See BRIDGE, Page 2
NBISD officials agree on teacher pay raises
By David Saleh Rauf
Teachers, librarians and nurses in the New Braunfels Independent School District will receive a $3,000 across-the-board raise beginning this fall. All other NBISD staff
— including counselors, administrators, bus drivers
— will receive a 6 percent midpoint increase in their salary, which in some cases will be pennies away from the $3,000 flat raise allotted to teachers, board members said.
The decision regarding staff pay was made at Monday’s board of trustee’s meeting, in which trustees crunched pay raise Figures
for more than an hour — making, then rescinding motions and amendments — before agreeing on a final figure.
“Lets get this right,” District 5 trustee, Rob Johnson said. “We're spending millions of dollars.”
The $3,000 for teachers, librarian and nurses, along with the 6 percent midpoint increase for all other staff will end-up costing the district a little less than $2.5 million.
But the nearly IO percent raise for teachers, which includes $425 recently mandated by the state Legislature, should help bridge the pay gap between educators
See NBISD, Page 2
Hoffmann, Welsch honored by chamber
By Gerard MacCrossan
Two surprised members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce were honored Monday with chamber of the board awards for their community work.
Tobin Hoffmann of Hoffmann Financial Services was recognized for his com-
State Rep. Nathan Macias offered a recap of the 80th Legislature at the chamber meeting. Page 5
mitment to youth development, particularly scouting, which includes serving as a Hoop 131 leader for 26 years, the
same troop he belonged to as a boy.
David Welsch, who works with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, thought he was attending the chamber’s monthly board meeting to give a presentation on Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters. Instead, he was surprised with the chamber chairman’s award in
See CHAMBER, Page 5
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Tobin Hoffman receives the Chair of the Board Award for Youth Development from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce from Susan Granzin at the group's board of directors meeting Monday.
Taking the helm
Ronald Everett is sworn in as New Braunfels Police Chief by mayor Bruce Boyer on Monday morning.
Mayor swears in city’s new chief of police
By Mark Koopmans
Police badge No. I officially was assigned to the new chief of the New Braunfels Police Department Ronald Everett during a swearing-in ceremony Monday morning.
About 80 people attended the short ceremony at the city’s municipal court, including council members Gail Posposil and Pat Wiggins.
After an introduction by City Manager Mike Morrison,
Mayor Bruce Boyer swore in the new chief to a loud, sustained round of applause from the many uniformed and plain-clothed officers who will be working for Everett, following the departure of Russell Johnson who retired in January.
Everett was formerly the assistant chief of police for the Haltom City Police Department near Fort Worth, although he spent the majority of his 28 year law enforcement career with the Dallas Police Department.
Although Monday was his first day on the job in his new hometown of New Braunfels, he was aware that heavy flooding had hit much of North Texas, including Haltom City, where a 4-year-old-girl died after being swept away in the storm.
“I heard about that, it is a tragic accident,” Everett said. “I’m familiar to disasters — only about three months ago, we had a tornado that struck parts of Fort Worth and Haltom. However, the city’s many departments united. It
■ Everett was selected out of 75 candidates from across the country who applied for the New Braunfels Police Department's top job.
■ City officials narrowed down the search to the final two applicants and named Everett the new chief on May 17.
was a great team effort over a three or four day period."
Everett, 49, who is married with one daughter, and was “once a patrol ofiicer too young to buy his own
See CHIEF, Page 6