New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY June 26, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 192
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Justices demand more money from county judgeAt a glance
Comal County’s justices of the peace are paid $39,100 a year. Their auto allowance is $4,000 each.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A pay dispute between Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and county justices of the peace will spill into commissioners’ court today.
Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m. at 199 Main Plaza.
Three of the four justices —
William Schroeder (Precinct I), Susan Dvorak (Precinct 2) and Jennifer Saunders (Precinct 4) — signed a letter to the county asking to be paid $125 per day for weekend magistration at Comal County Jail.
Scheel said Dvorak called him Wednesday and reconsidered her position.
Precinct 3 justice Diana Cam
pos has refused since January to do magistrations, citing the demands of her job, which she said have increased dramatically since she first took office in 1995.
Campos said Wednesday she would be in commissioners’ court today supporting the other justices in seeking compensation.
“I think anyone who chooses to participate should be compensated,” Campos said.
The way Scheel sees it, the JPs are asking for additional pay to do jobs they sought, knowing what the jobs entails — and what they were to be paid.
‘‘We’re going to be considering a request for additional
compensation to perform normal duties of the office,” Scheel said Tuesday.
The system is now set up so Scheel and the three justices rotate weekend duty at the jail. Scheel said it’s not part of his job, and he is not paid for it, but he does it to help out.See JUSTICES/3A
leacher pay raise /ould put GSD seeper in the hole
By Sean Bowlin
Giving teachers and other employees a 2 percent pay raise next year would put Comal Independent School District’s finances in the red Business Manager Abel Campos told GSD trustees Tuesday night that raises for teachers, maintenance workers, secretaries, custodians and bus drivers would cost $1.3 million.
Coupled with an anticipated revenue loss of $500,000, giving raises would create a deficit of $530,000 for the 2003-04 school year.
Campos told trustees he finished compiling an appeal of a recent Texas Education Agency decision that GSD owes about $800,OCX) to the state under Chapter 41, or ‘ Robin Hood ”
“We’re appealing because we have year-round attendance numbers now that school is over,” Campos said. “(Xu* attendance numbers are
higher than what the state said we were going to have.”
Campos detailed two other expenditure items trustees must consider when weighing budget options.
He explained it would cost the district $70,000 if it continues to spend money on tutoring.
A new law under which the state does not provide funding for health insurance for school administrators would cost the district $40,000.
Campos said the law cut health premium allowances for school employees from $1,000 to $500 next year. The district’s 80 administrators don’t qualify for the allotments.
“People who are administrators get nothing,” Campos said.
Campos said trustees must decide whether they want the district to pick up the tab for its administrators’ health insurance.
Trustees scheduled a July 14 budget workshop to decide these issues.
Wolves in animal cruelty case off to new homes
By Ron Maloney
Local officials learned Wednesday they would not have to kill a dozen wolf-dog hybrids they rescued a month ago.
Cheryl Krueger, director of the New Braunfels animal shelter, said the wolf-dog hybrids were on their way to a sanctuary in Corpus Christi. Placement has also been found for two malamute mixes, she said.
“We just finished loading them all. Its quite an adventure,” Krueger said. “They’re all gone.”
Krueger said arrangements had been made to move the animals to Corpus Christi
until they could be moved further north to Montana or Wyoming.
“The Humane Society of Bexar County came to our rescue and helped us transport the wolf hybrids down to Corpus,” Krueger said.
The animals were seized May 13 in Spring Branch. Krueger had until today to find a home for them, or they were to be euthanized.
The animals’ owner, Michelle A. Newman, 45, of San Antonio, was arrested Friday and booked on an animal cruelty charge because of the conditions the dogs were kept in.
Animal cruelty is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Anana Goff isn’t thrilled with the idea of having to touch the fish she just caught so she can throw it back in the Comal River. Goff was participating in the final day of Communities In Schools Summer Camp Wednesday at Landa Park. Twelve area schools each chose eight students, who participated in the free camp. (Top) Julio Sanchez, 10, gets a fire-breathing dragon painted on his face by Jean Wilson at Communities In Schools’ Summer Camp. The last day included a trip to Landa Park with a picnic, fishing, swimming, face painting and other activities. (Right) Wilson paints a unicorn on Raven Fritz’s cheek during the final day of the camp.
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Cheryl Krueger, Director of the New Braunfels Animal Shelter, checks on one of two Malamute mixes seized in an animal cruelty case in Comal County. Along with the Malamutes, 12 wolf hybrids also were seized.
Golf board brainstorms for revenue
By Dylan Jimenez
A more flexible punch card .system could replace the 80-round annua) pass now used by members of Landa Park Municipal Golf
That was one revenue source idea the golf course advisory board discussed Tuesday.
The punch-card system would eliminate an existing system that has drawn criticism from purchasers, said Don Ferguson, assistant city manager.
Currently, the golf course offers 30- and 50-game punch cards.
Advisory board members are considering a greater variety of packages that would allow golfers to pay for the amount of golf they would actually play.
The board would like to create a system
that provides discounts for and promotes golf course amenities, such as the city-owned carts and the barbecue grills.
“The point is to provide a system tailored to the golfers’ needs, rather than to pay X amount of dollars for games that you may not play,” Ferguson said. He called it a “pay-to-order” concept.
Tuesdays brainstorming exercise was part of an ongoing effort to develop recommendations for new revenue sources to present to city council. None of the proposals will take effect until next year.
Golf Course Manager Darrio Sassenhagen said the course will make more money this year than expected.
“We finished the fiscal year better than was budgeted,” said Ronald Morrison, board