New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 145, No. 125
Birthday wish** from th* Harald-Zaitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marilyn Buckner, Marilyn Buffington, Bob Templeton, Lynn Sypher*, Ronnie Ruhl (IO years old), Bob Healing (OO years old), Joshua Ryan Rosales (6 years old), Tom Lottery, Manuel Garza, Taylor Lucke-meyer (8 years old), Russell Jonas, Isaiah Jordan Aguirre (belated, May 5).
Happy anniversary wishes to:
Margaret and Gilbert Per-sohn, (52 years).
Board vote splits on three nominations for president
By DENISE DZIUK
After four nominations and three failed votes to fill the position of president for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees, board reorganization reached a stalemate.
Nominations of board members Leo Chafin, Bette Spain and Carlos Campos for president all failed. Chafin with-
Bette Spain Carlos Campos
drew his name after he was nominated.
The vole was tied for Spain’s and Campos’ nominations. On a board with an even number of members, a tie translates into a “no” vote.
The board split along the same tine that divided it during votes on the initial superintendent re-seating issue, hiring a search consultant and organization of the board after the August 19%
election. Board members Spain, Chafin and Miller often voted as a group, and Campos, Padilla, Sanchez and Weaver often voted together.
Former board president Jaime Padilla resigned from die board at the beginning of April citing personal reasons for his resignation.
The board voted unanimously to leave the seat vacant until the August election.
Trustee Anne Miller asked last week that the six members left on the board reorganize at Tuesday’s meeting. Even with a shift in who holds the presidency, members will still have to work together to make any progress — the president has no more voting power than the other five members.
Board Vice President Carlos Campos, who currently acts as the presiding
WHO VOTED FOR WHOM
Leo Chafin Anne Miller Bette Spain
Carlos Campos Sylvia Sanchez Steve Weaver
Carlos Campos Sylvia Sanchez Steve Weaver
Leo Chafin Anne Miller Bette Spain
officer at meetings, said that after talking with an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards, there was a question of whether the board even wanted to reorganize.
“The board is mandated to reorga
nize when there is an election or an appointment” Campos said. “In this case, we have an option to reorganize.” Trustee Leo Chafin questioned whether or not the wording of local Turn to NBISD, Page 2A
Pollen Count mold —1,186 oak—trace mutoeny —10 paean—20 grate—12
(Pollen measured In parts pee cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 274 cube feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.01 feet above sea level, down .02 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge—000 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —696 Canyon Lake level — 910.58 feet above aaa level. (Above conservation pool.)
Now Braunfels Utilities NSU reports pumping 6.488 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 18 moon galone of we* water were used.
Taka tim* to thank a nurse this week
This week would be ideal to thank a nurse if you get the chance.
One of the lesser-known celebrations of the year, Nursing Week began Monday and is a time to appreciate nurses who often go unnoticed in the medical world Still, they work closely with patients, providing hands-on treatments and emotional support, said Susan Bell, coordinator of vocational nursing program at the New Braunfels extension of St. Philip’s College.
It is also a time to inform people of the diversity of services that nurses provide depending on whether they are RNs or LVNs LVNs or licensed vocational nurses work at the bedside of patients and provide basic treatment while RNs or registered nurses usually supervise and manager the overall care.
lf nothing else, you can impress someone with this tidbit of knowledge.
Corps 0«U OK to dovlato from norm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received approval to deviate from the plan of regulation for water releases from Canyon Dam effective April 1 to September 15. The charge only affects releases made between lake elevations 909 to 911 feet mean sea level.
The following rate releases apply unless rainfalls in the area or inflow rates dictate otherwise and could impact downstream control limits:
909 to 911 msl- release 100 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) more than requested by Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, but not more than 350 cfs.
910 to 910.5 msl — release
700 cfs daily.
9105 to 911 md — release 1,500 cfs during the week and reduce
rate to 700 cfs on the weekends.
911 msl and above — normal flood releases according to the plan of regulation.
For current information concerning flow rates on the Guadalupe River, contact the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at (800) 572-2626.
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Council freshmen add insight, empathy
By ABE LEVY
Moving from Houston to New Braunfels in 1981, Jan Kotylo wasn t sure if she’d fit in.
An advocate for youth and elderly alike, Kotylo, then 42, was glad to set-tle here but soon realized her age group was in the minority.
County reaches deal in snit, rehires clerk
By DENISE DZIUK
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claims a clerk’s civil right* were violated when the newly-elected county attorney fired her in January,
Clerk and docket coordinator in the county attorney’s office Yolanda D’Antuono during her free time last year helped assistant county attorney Stephanie Smith-Burris campaign for county attorney. Bill Reimer defeated Smith-Burris in the primary elections by a narrow margin.
After his election in November, Reimer gave both women termination notices, effective Jan. I. During a commissioners court workshop on Nov. 13 regarding the consolidation of the county and district attorney’s offices, Reimer was asked by D’Antuono’s husband if the termination was political, and Reimer responded “Yes sir.”
Her last day was Dec. 31.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court on Dec. 31, contends that the termination was a violation of D’Antuono’s civil nghts because it violates both the First and 14th amendments. The suit requested $8 million for slander, lost benefit* and wages, civil rights violations and punitive damages.
D’Antuono’s attorney Sam Kalz said the parties involved reached an agreement on Friday. According to the agreement, D’Antuono would receive a “modest” monetary settlement and would be given a job in the county court-at-law office. Katz said she wall not be reporting to either die county or district attorney once
she is in her new position.
D’Antuono said she enjoyed working with the county and liked her co-workers She said she is glad it is over and that she can return to a county position.
“I’m glad it’s over," she said. “We both wanted it settled and the county made a fair offer. It wasn’t about money. It was about principle.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the monetary award would give D’Antuono back wages plus a little extra. However, Casteel would not disclose the actual amount of the award.
“She asked that that not be made public and we agreed,” Casteel said.
Casted said it is not unusual for cases to be settled. She said the settlement was favorable for both the county and D’Antuono, and said the county is ready to return the focus to serving the public. She said the settlement does not indicate any guilt on the part of the county.
“As in most civil cases, they gel settled,” Casteel said. “That’s what happened in this one ”
When contacted Tuesday morning, Reimer was not aware that a settlement had been reached. However, he said he does not have a problem with it.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I never had anything against the lady. lf the county wants to hire her again, that’s fine with me.”
Casteel will report back to the commissioners about the settlement on Thursday, and the court will take the appropriate actions to finalize the settlement.
D’Antuono will begin work in the newly-created position on Monday.
later, Kotylo not only found a circle of friends, she will be sworn in to serve for three years as the District Kotylo 4 city council member Monday replacing Paul Fraser.
“At first you move in and you’re middle-aged and you wonder where you’re slot is and then I discovered my slot is with everyone, said Kotylo, w hose husband Bill is president of Standard Casualty Insurance in New Braunfels. “You don’t have to have your age group to fit in here.”
With about a 2-1 margin of v ictory, voters have affirmed that the retirement activity director has done more than just “fit in.”
Joining her as a new face on the council will be Randy Vanstory, coowner of Quick Align Brakes and Suspension, who w ill succeed local attorney Brenda Freeman for the District 3 spot
Van story, who along with his wife Rox i moved to
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnali
Canyon High School senior Jimmy Walker contemplates his shot on the 18th given at Roy Klzer Golf Course In Austin on Tuesday. Walker finished second at the UIL state championships. See Sports, Page 1B.
New Braunfels in 1987 from Midland, was surprised upon hearing he also had won by a 2-1 margin over former mayor Rudy Seidel.
Vanstory has serv ed on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the city’s ethics ordinance committee and anticipates growth as the top priority facing this area.
“The key to it is not only input but also education, because sometimes it’s easy to say, want a road here and the flip side is how you are going to pay for it,” he said.
Because council member* have begun to work together better already, Vanstory said decision making would be easier than in previous years.
“A lot of people have a perception that (council membership) puts you on die spot but the people on the council arc really unified and I'm excited about being a part of that,” he said.
Vanstory said during the campaign he had heard tliat people called him a “puppet” of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Turn to Council, Page 2A
An issue of personalities. See Page 4A,