New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ip Robert Off. Chair of the Cham-&» Leadenhip New Bnunfels committee, roounccd that ytdut*
I don for the clare of 94 has been scheduled for 5:30 pm. on Tuesday, ^U^24 in the New Braunfels Civic
■The 20 pwticipmti will be honored with a social hour, dimer md a Iprracixafton ceremony featuring Dr. Jim Kern, nationally-known mspira-Itfonal leader.
■The Leadenhip New Braunfels program ocxeo-on m ucsooer win a VIP reception md overnight retreat md CTntbmed monthly with full-day ^■sions through May. Topics included city and county government, dealing with the media, pvks and recreation, economic development and others.
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■The graduation program is open to me public and tickets may be purchased at the dumber of commerce office.
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will meet Monday, May 16 at FmkeTaSaladBar AQrillat6:30 pm. Hie fueet speaker will be Keith Wanes, The Texas Angler," oui-I doors columnist for the Htrokf-Zedtfg who has a program on IKMOL channel four.
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The New Bnunfels duper of the National Anociation of1 UM Carriers wiD host a food drive on Saturday. May 14 to help nock food bmki in New Braunfels.
Donations will be adad for in the form of non-perishable food rn a sack tar their mailboxes before mail is delivered on Saturday, May 14 so that respective letter canien may pick up donations on their routes.
City mayor Rudy Seidel proclaimed Saturday at "Food Drive Day" in New Brauifelt.
In yesterday's Her§ld-Z*tom$, page I headline "Kdilig claims thud, demands recount," the word fraud should not have speared.
Gay KahKg. defeated in leat week's city council race, has alleged questionable actions by a presiding election judge na polling place md harassment by election workers at the city voting location.
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Commissioners call for limit on investments time periods
Merit pay increases approved by court
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners approved a plan to increase merit pay for county employees who have served long terms.
Currently, the couriy operates under a 12-step plan for employees.
Older employees often reach the top step and remain there without any merit increase for many years, unless they are reclassified in •ane way.
The new plan would make a 24-step process, allowing merit more chances for a merit increase. Tom Codette, human resources manager, said the plan would help until a more permanent merit plan could be developed.
“We will add more step* until we come up with a better plan,” he said “...Hopefully, we will increase productivity and higher morale. Do we want to reward productivity or do we want to reward longevity.**
“There are employees out there who I really believe should be compensated,” said Commissioner Cristina Zamora. “I believe we need to give these employees an incentive.** Officials are concerned th* employees with many yean of service will leave rimply baggage they know they will never receive any raises other than cost of living.
Committiooer Neil Craigmile voted against saying this would be inevitable.
‘There are going to be cases where people are going to top out. his regrettable,” he said.
By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer
Commisaonen Court bounced back and forth once again Thursday with the county treasurer concerning the issue of investment allocation, banally how and where to invest the county’s money.
The ireued addrereed Thursday concerned whit should be the appropre length of maturity for county investments.
County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew and County Auditor H. Bate Bond last week presented an areel allocation plan calling tx only 25 percent of county money to be invested with maturities from 18 to 36 months.
The plan stated any investment of a length exceeding 18 months should receive the reassurance of the court that those funds would in no foreseeable circumstance be needed before they mature.
“I don’t think we ought to go out more than 18 months, maybe even a year,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “...You have to give Mr. Bartholomew a guidance.”
Bartholomew said he would be willing to restrict investments to 18 months and under.
‘I wait the Court to recognize any treasurer can
violate policy, go too long in the market and get hurt," he said “I want to work with the court ” Concerns mounted na only on how long the
maturities should be but where the money should be invested Bartholomew has claimed inveff-meits such as T-bdls give better investment roes than TexBooi, a ttto-run investment organization.
A motion was made but defeated 3-2 that called for no investments longer than 180 days and most investments restricted to TexPool. Bartholomew opposed total commitment to that short of an invc*ment maturity.
“With the volatile market the way it is, to invest in something other than short-term would na be prudent,” said Commissioner Neil Craig-mile who along with Jumbo Evans favored the motion.
“I’m saying TexPool is a good place to put money right now.”
Craigmile Mid the issue of liquidity, having to cash in bonds, and safety, making sure the county can get their money back in foil, are the key points.
Casteel said the treasurer ought to be able to keep some money in TexPool and inve* some in other ways.
The court tabled any action to change the investment policy until next week.
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18 Pages in two sectiona ■ Friday, May 13,
1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of HENRY ROMP EL
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cleanup on tap
Around 1,000 volunteers expected to participate
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Several key speakers will headline tomorrow nirii’s forum and dinner following the Upper Guadalupe River Clean-up.
Among the featured guests will be Andrew Sansom,
executive direckx of the Texas -
Parkland Wildlife department ■ Citizens wanting Andy Goldbtoom, director of to volunteer for the TPAW’i Greenway! Pro- tomorrow’s dean up gram, will also ^eak as will can do so by calling several ocher state and local (210) 438-2656. dignitaries. Registration contirv
The event, qpowored by a ues this afternoon.
hod of arere and local groups, .
will begin at 9:30 am Saturday morning and run until 5:30 pjn.
A dinner for registered volunteers will follow at Canyon Park fonded by the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District Three wishing to putidptee must register by Friday afternoon by calling 438-26S6. Everyone horn divers to craets to people who just want to pick up or haul trash are welcome.
Registration will also take place Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church but volunteers may have to drive many miles if they wait th* late, said Deirdre Hisler, coordinator.
Free camping will be available at Honey Creek State Naturel Area and at Canyon Park and several outfitters will give discounts to volunteers.
This evert is the first such that will include portions ofthe Upper and Lower Guadalupe and Canyon Lake. The TPAW is expecting nearly 1,000 volunteers for the event.
Officials say Seguing passage of half-cent sales tax gives them advantage over NB
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The decision by Seguin voters to pare a half-cent sales tax for economic development gives Seguin an economic advantage over New Braunfels, according to officials ftom the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“Seguin has been very aggrereive even before it passed the half penny tex,” aaid Michael Meek, executive vice president for the chamber.
Meek aaid Seguin has dty-owned land tire can be sold to companies re a
below market price a given away and the city of Seguin can access the Texas Capital Fund He said Seguin also has a more aggressive tax abatement program.
“This could serve as a wake-up call to re-examine our programs,” Meek aaid.
However, chamber of commerce officials stress that no effort is being made to place a half-cent sales tax on the balk* in New Braunfels.
“lf the city wishes to do that they can, but we are na initialing it,” said Chamber President Tom Punlum Chamber officials recently visited
with members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees in order to encourage the board to consider adding incentives for companies interested in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said the sales tax is something the council might consider in the future.
“There are certainly more answers available now than there were the first time," he said, referring to the 1990 election in which the sales tax was defeated in New Braunfels.
“The mayor and the council would be the ones to determine if they would want to call an election,” said Shands
Shands said New Braunfels may na be as competitive economically but it gill has other attractions “Economically we are na re competitive. We don’t have any economic incentives more than tax abatements. The only tax abatements are ftom the city and county. Weare competitive in other ways, auch as our geographical location and the quality of life.” said Shands.
“When it comes to dollars and cent* we can’t be as competitive as those cities that have money in an economic development fond or have access to grant hinds ”
“We want community leaders to come together to find a way to remain competitive and it the same time to maintain the economy,” said Meek.
A half-cent sales tax can be used either to encourage economic development or to offset property taxes. Cities (ten now pass half-cert sales taxes th* allow one-quarter to go to property taxes and one-quarter to econom ic development.
Meek Mid approximately ISO cities in Texas have a half-cent sales tax.