New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
HmM-Z&tung New Braunfels. Texas
Thursday. March 12.1987
New Braunfels Notes
What does city manager do?
By JOE A. MICHIE City Manager
The charter states that the City Manager has the power to appoint and remove any officer or employee of the city. except those appointed by the City Council, prepare and submit a budget and other financial reports, and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the charter or required of him by City Council
My chief job. with the exception of the budget, is to be sure I keep the mayor and council informed on issues facing the city and to present to them solutions and alternatives for solving problems
I do this by writing weekly memorandum reports to council and by preparing reports and ordinances that go with the bi monthly council agenda Also. I regularly visit and communicate personality with council members
However the majority of my time is spent with the daily operations of the city I deal with engineering pro blems, contracts for work to be done or that is under way. meet with depart nent heads, write letters, read reports, and talk to citizens I also deal with other units of government including county officers school superintendents, highway department engineers and
Often. I visit employees on the job and the police and fire departments and field crew’s that are working throughout the city I like to personally see work as it is done and talk to employees and listen to their ideas Some of my time is spent with the city attorney on matters that involve pending and current litigation, claims against the city and personnel matters Several times during the week. I talk to the media answering questions or breifing reporters I feel that this is an important way to communicate with the public in an attempt to keep citizens informed I have an open door and feel that anyone who wants to see me should be welcome or have his or her phone call returned
Irately. I have spent a great deal of time on a very enjoyable task — working to get new industry and jobs for New Braunfels I also assumed the responsibility of planning for new roads, growth issues ard economic development The nature of the city manager's job is to demonstrate leadership with staff, the mayor and coun cil, and the community The manager oft times is the one out front on controversial issues ideas and plans Criticism and long hours go with the job The satisfac tion comes when a job is well done and New Braunfels has benefited
Texas risks falling behind in science, high technology
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas must improve its higher education system or risk falling behind in increasingly intense technological competition between states educators have told state senators
•‘A continuous flow of educated scientists and engineers is essential to the state's future Norman Hackerman, former president of the University of Texas and of Rice University, told the Senate Educa tion Committee Wednesday Hackerman appeared in support of a package of IO proposals to strengthen Texas economy through in creased science and technology related research and development
The bills, which carry' no specific appropriations were sent to a subcommittee for further study Hackerman was asked by Sen Carl Parker. D-Port Arthur committee chairman, if the state's standing in higher education would be hurt if spending the next two years is held at current levels, as recommended by Gov Bill Clements “It would drop off,' Hackerman said ‘ Even if you can only put X amount in this time. at least make the committment and you can put more money in later." said Larry Temple, chairman of the
College Coordinating Board and head of the Select Committee on Higher Education Lt Gov Bill Hobby and Temple said the act of the 1985 session of putting in $95 million solely for competitive research in state univensties was a major policy change that will benefit Texas ‘ Passage of this legislative package would be a signal nationwide that Texas is serious about improving its higher education in a very significant way.” said Peter O Donnell Jr . a Dallas businessman who was a member of the Select Committee on Higher Education
Treasurer Ann Richards spoke in support of several of the bills which would increase state efforts to recruit women and minority students for science and mathematical training in college "Unless you approve this package. Texas is going to lag sadly behind other states in investing their money in a trained work force." she said The Senate bills include measures to continue the competition among university faculty for research funds provide transfer of university research to commercial uses programs for gifted and talented students and a statewide computer database A similar package is pending in the House
Texas’ refugee ranks find difficulty in staying despite high court’s ruling easing restrictions
AUSTIN AP) - Despite the U S Supreme Court s decision to ease political asylum restrictions for Central American refugees many already in Texas will find it difficult to sta> here legally officials say The court struck down a requirement that the aiien> must -.how a clear probability of persecution if thee returned home and substituted the standard that the> show .I well founded fear of persecution VA nile Monday s ruling w as cheered bv advocates for the refuges immigration attorney caution that im migration officers and administrative judger will con tinue to have wide discretion on what constitutes a calid fear of persecution
Even though it is a more liberal interpretation the Immigration and Naturalization Service is not going to automatically approve asylum cases said Paul Par sons an Austin immigration attorned Thee have broad liscretion to determine what is meant bv a well founded fear of persecution Parsons said Central .American refugees who flee- to acold being killed in fighting between gocernment and ret**! armies would not necessarily qualifc for political ase lum in the United States
Applicants for political asylum still need to show there is a well-founded fear that is individualized to their
own situation Parsons said Barbara Hines also an Austin immigration attorney said aliens who have been denied asylum may be able to reappic because of the ruling
Hit > applied retroactively it would affect any case in which the Board of Immigration Appeals did not consider the welt founded fear standard Ms Hinessaid The INS in Washington said more than ll (JOO asylum cases had tieen decided under the challenged language There are atx>ut 90 (JOO cases pending, an INS spokesman
Ms Hines -.aid the Supreme Court held in 1984 that the clear probability should apply in deportation cases, but that Monday s ruling said that the standard could not be extended to political asylum cases
It - really a major victory Ms Hines said Hopefully it will lead to a number of cases being granted '
She said the I S attorney general still retains discretion to dene asvlum even under the new standard
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