New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section O Tuesday, March 4,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of John
Vol. 145, No 79
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Honey Creek State Natural Area “Outdoor Classroom" environmental education program it in need of activity guides Guides must be able to volunteer from 9 a m. to 2 p m two or more days per week during May.
For information call (210) 980-2311 or (210) 438-2656
Canyon High School will hold an open house and electives fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the high school commons.
Interested parents of eighth grade students can call 625-6251 for more information
The Comal County Genealogy Society will hold an open house from 3 to 5 p m. today at the Sophienbufg Archives, 200 N. Seguin Avenue, for the dedication of a “reader" in memory of Vernon Strey, who passed away in 1996
The Unitarian Universalists will have Dr. Coletta Long, clinical psychologist, ordained minister of the Unity Church and director of the Inner Guidance Center in Austin, speak on "Hypnotic Regression, what it is and is not, plus its uses in discovering the Whole Self" at 7:30 p m. Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337
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New Braunfels Area Retired Teachers will meet at 10 a.rn Wednesday at the board room of the Education Center on Mill Street Coffee and a social will be at 9:30.
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Classes will begin Wednesday for Child Development Associates credentials at 1000 N. Walnut. Call 625-4835 for more information.
Board puts superintendent back on dais
NBISD trustees reach compromise on seating arrangement
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It took more than 90 minutes of discussion in September to take the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent off the dais and only 30 minutes of discussion Monday to put him back.
In September, the board spent roughly an hour and a half debating the seating arrangement for board meetings. Supporters of a chm, which seats the
superintendent at a table below the dais, said ii was necessary to have some distance between the board and the superintendent so the district could be nm as a business. Supporters also said it would increase efficiency and communication, and not intimidate patrons warning to speak before the board. Those against the arrangement said it was a slap in the face of then-superintendent Charles Bradberry.
The issue has resurfaced several times, including when a candidate for the interim superintendent position withdrew because of the seating and when die consultants conducting the superintendent search said it could be
an issue for some candidates.
Interim superintendent Tom Moseley placed the item on Monday's agenda, and said the board needed to either carry out the original plan and move ahead, or return to the original arrangement. He recommended the board compromise and place the superintendent at the end of the dais.
“Whether it should have been or not, this was an issue, and I applaud the compromise to put this to rest," Moseley said. "As long as you’re on the same dais it doesn’t matter.’’
Several members of the public addressed the board about the seating arrangement They said it was time to
"put it to rest” and move forward with educating students. Rocky Hill, who was defeated in the August election for a scat on the board, said the action shows a change in a decision "made in haste." He said board members who originally voted to change the seating, and voted differently Monday, owed Bradberry an apology.
The board voted unanimously to rescind the September action, and unanimously agreed to scat the superintendent at the end of the dais,
"I think it was a mistake in the first place, and I was glad they were willing to compromise," trustee Bette Spain said.
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Wolfe program benefits county, inmates
By DENISE DZKIk
A pilot program putting Comal County Jail inmates to work kicked off Monday morning with four inmates dressed in bright orange jumpsuits reporting for work at the rural recycling center.
Jim Middleton, chief of jail administration, said about 15 inmates volunteered to work in the.pilot program. After screening and interviews, four low-nsk inmates were chosen to help the recycling program by baling, sorting and stacking collected material.
"The goal is to save the county money," Middleton said. "It’s getting something done without using county personnel."
Corrections officer David Saenz was assigned to guard the four working inmates. He said he was there to provide security, but did not expect any problems with the inmates. Saenz, who is armed, said he could radio for backup if needed, and that the inmates were a vary low risk.
"For the majority af these guys, it’s the first
time they've done anything (they're jailed for)," Saenz said. "These guys don’t have (any violent criminal histories)."
Saenz said the inmates received incentives for participating in the program. He said they received two-for-one credit on their sentence and extra rations and privileges. They also could spend their days outside being productive.
"You can do something besides stare at the wall," said inmate Gary Heard. "You can work a little bit."
Saenz said this was a great incentive for many of the inmates.
“Most of the people in jail want to do something because they’re bored," Saenz said. ‘They want to be occupied, and this gets them out of their cell."
Middleton said he had "no concern at all" about safety.
"I think our people will take care of everything and the public will be safe," he said.
Rural Recycling manager Bob Weatherly said he did not have any qualms about the program. He said it was a great program
"It’ll help a lot,” Weatherly said. "We’ve been short handed ever since it started, and this will free me up some."
The pilot program will last 30 days. After that, it will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness, and grant money from the Texas Department of Corrections will be sought.
"We want to make sure the program is going to work before we apply for any grants,” Middleton said.
lf the program is successful, and continues past the trial period, Schwab said it would continue to be utilized by the recycling program, lie said it could even be expanded to the road department, where inmates would be used to pick up litter along the roads.
“I think it’s really going to be beneficial in getting work done without hiring any more people by using people who owe a debt to society, I guess you could say," said Schwab.
Fencing, plants recommended ways to deal with deer
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The city’s ad hoc deer management committee said the people have spoken: The deer population inside city limits is an asset that does not need city action, its members said Monday.
The final results of a neighborhood survey guided the committee to a conclusion that it plans to make official at its next meeting March 17, chairman Larry Anderson said.
In addition, the committee plans to recommend alternative deer manage-
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ment methods such as fencing and planting natural landscape repellents.
"I think we've got survey results that talk," Anderson said. "Is there a problem? Moat everybody is emotional in the direction that the deer are an asset. It looks like we're going to recommend education and making recommendations on fencing and vegetation."
The survey is primarily the result of a door-to-door campaign in ncigh-
borhoods where deer have been seen in the city.
The results showed:
H Sixty-seven percent do not feel the deer are a problem and HO percent feel the city should do nothing about it..
H Landscaping problems ranked higher than traffic hazards.
H Possible solutions include trapping and relocating, planting deer-resistant vegetation, driving with more caution, putting up fences and installing reflector light systems.
Committee members said they did
not include neighborhixnls without a deer population in the survey because they assumed residents would not consider the deer a problem.
The committee was limned by the ( ity Council earlier this year to determine whether the deer posed enough problems to merit city action.
While the deer were reported to have caused traffic hazards and eaten residential vegetation, the council prohibited the use of hunting as a recommended method for solving the problems.
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Board president Jaime Padilla said the compromise showed the professionalism of the board, and its intention to move forward. Vice president Carlos Campos, who expressed concerns with the supenntendcnt sitting on the dais, said the vote “reflects a common ground" among the board.
"This motion that I made (to place the superintendent at the end of the dais) reflects a compromise that we certainly understand that there arc different views on this issue," Campos said. “But, the challenge we as board members have is to find a common ground so we can move forward. This reflects a common ground "
Consensus sought on river safety
City, WORD eye plan each finds acceptable
By ABE LEVY
River safety committee members joked Monday night about posting a huge sign in the middle of the Guadalupe River to mark the city limits for tubers who coast down the winding water trail.
The idea was offered as a possible solution should the city’s river committee and Water Iindited Recreation District not reach consensus on a river safety agreement.
All kidding aside, committee members have indicated they prefer a partnership with WORD instead of parting the over with jurisdictional postings.
The committee was formed as the result of a settlement between the city and parents of a drowned tuber several years ago and is charged with recommending policy to enhance die safety of visiting retreat tonal ists 011 the Comal and (iuadalupe rivers.
The settlement calls for such action as the posting of safe flow levels, standards for using life preservers and an orientation program for tubers.
The settlement dealt with river safety inside the city limits but now the committee is considering policy that would incorporate portions of the Guadalupe River in Comal County.
To that end, the committee wants WORD, a taxing entity made up of recreational businesses along the river, to join with them on a uniform policy for river safety.
I lull would keep unassuming tubers, who start at Horseshoe falls in northwest Comal and continue downstream inside city limits, from receiving citations by New Braunfels Police officers who would be enforcing a completely different policy.
I he river committee, made up of three WORD board members, plans to meet March 17 and decide some specific motions I lull action will help WORD briard members, who have a meeting schedule for March I4), to consider whether they want to throw their hats into a combined nver-salcty agreement.
( ny officials said they believe while many groups and agencies in the arca have worked on river safety policy, the city’s committee is the first effort to finalize safety policy for the entire river.
"I think (W< )RD members) will lie open-minded," said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom "The issue that this committee is addressing has been addressed previously by other groups ami entities. The city is taking the leadership role and getting something done.”
Still, members of WORD have said river safety has been an ongoing concern long before the city got involved.
"There’s a finger been pointed at the outfitter us not doing what ifs supposed to," said Zero Rivers, an outfitter and WORD buard member. "I want Turn to Safety, Page 2Time right to liberate China. Page 4.