New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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EmCity officials select new chief of police
Haltom City man Ronald Everett to take helm June 18
By Suzanne Ashe
City Manager Michael Morrison announced Thursday that Ronald W. Everett will be the New Braunfels police chief. Everett will fill the position left open by Russell johnson, who retired in January.
“Tm honored to be selected as the chief of police and to work side by side with the professional members of the New Braunfels Police Department,” Everett said. “We will continue to provide excellent services and will partner with the community to address everyone’s concerns.”
Everett met with New Braunfels police officers
and city leaders on Tuesday along with finalist Robert Mock, a patrol lieutenant with the Houston Police Department.
Morrison conducted final interviews with the two finalists on Wednesday.
“Everett has demonstrated success as an effective and open communicator who values and expects participation, interaction and feedback at all levels was a significant factor in the final decision for the position,” Morrison said in a statement early Thursday.
Everett currently serves as assistant chief of police for the Haltom City Police Department,
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Ronald W. Everett, center visits with New Braunfels police officers during a reception Tuesday. City Manager Michael Morrison announced Thursday that Everett will be the New Braunfels police chief.
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City council meets to certify election totals
By Suzanne Ashe
New Braunfels City Council met briefly Thursday to certify the results of the regular and special election.
The vote tally remained the same as election day on Saturday for the District 2 election between Jay Patrick and Mark Goodlier. Goodlier came out on top in that race 485 votes to 333 votes.
Goodlier attended Thursday’s council meeting with news that his wife, Catherine, had a baby boy they named Caleb Jackson.
“He’s doing wonderfully," he said. "Itis big brothers are very excited,” he said.
Goodner has two older
boys, Jacob, 8 and Michael, 7 years old.
Goodner said his goal in office is to improve the way city hall works while he is in office.
“We need to work on improving the overall operating process down here,” he said. “I think the Mark Goodner city is moving that
While he hasn’t taken the opportunity to cover his concerns and goals for District 2 since elected May 12, he
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New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department employees Jason Reed, left, and Aubrey Moy set wooden posts into place in the grassy parking area of Prince Solms Park on Thursday to keep vehicles from jumping the curbs. A larger fencing project encompassing Hinman Island Park with wrought iron railing is set to get under way soon.
Legislators consider a bill mandating snake permits
■ Hinman Island Park to be
■Texas has no restrictions on importing
snake, say the bill is designed to protect public safety and prevent a feral population of non-native snakes in Texas.
Opponents of the bill say the measure is unnecessary and is a violation of their rights.
Boerne resident David Barker, a member of the Texas Reptile Industry Association’, said the bill directly targets a group of law-abiding citizens pursuing their hobby.
“This is Texas for God’s sake. As long as its legal to ride bulls, jump motorcycles, own guns, race cars — as long as its legal for people to risk their lives, why can’t these people?” Barker,55, said. “Incidents of venomous snake owners getting killed by their own snakes is much lower than any of those
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enclosed by Memorial Day
By David Saleh Rauf
By Suzanne Ashe
New Braunfels’ Hinman Island Park on the Comal River will be 70 percent encircled by a wrought-iron fence by Memorial Day weekend, according to Stacey Laird, director of parks and recreation.
Meanwhile, city workers began erecting a fence this week to keep vehicles from parking around the perimeter of Prince Solms Park.
The resolution for the larger fencing project surrounding Hinman Island Park was approved by the New Braunfels City Council in February.
Members of council acted on the resolution quickly and said the move was spurred to
Its been said that politicians and snakes share a lot of the same characteristics: They both slither, hiss and strike venomous blows at their enemies.
Now, state lawmakers are hissing at some Texas snake owners.
Legislators are considering a measure to require a permit for anyone who possess, or wants to bring into the state of Texas, any nonnative live venomous snake or certain constrictor snakes into the state. Currently, Texas has no restrictions on importing a snake from a foreign country or releasing a snake into the wild.
Proponents of the measure, which does not make it illegal to own a non-native
protect the health and safety of residents of the city.
In November of 2006, the River Activities Committee came up with the idea for the fence that they told the city council would help control rowdy behavior on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers within the city limits.
Former New Braunfels Police Chief Russell Johnson weighed in on the often-reported rowdy behavior issue from a police officer’s perspective.
“If we put fences around Prince Solms and Hinman Island parks, we could ban alcohol in the parks and limit the amount of alcohol coming into the river,” he said at the time. “It would have a big
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Aubrey Moy checks the level of a wooden post that he a fellow New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department employee Jason Reed were installing in the grassy parking area of Prince Solms Park Thursday morning. The posts are being installed to keep vehicles from jumping the curbs on East San Antonio street and North Liberty Avenue while entering or exiting the parking lot.