New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bond counsel may go out for bids
By ABE LEVY
City Council will consider a recommendation to seek bids for financial advisory services and bond counsel for the first time at its regular meeting Monday.
Floyd Westerman of Southwest Securities has secured the city’s financial advisory services contract for more than 30 years and hired his own legal help when issuing bonds for the city, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said.
That created an apparent conflict of interest last March when New Braunfels Utilities sought council approval for $5 million of bonds. W.
Jeffrey Kuhn of Fulbright & Jaworski represented both the city and the seller of the bonds in the transaction.
NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said Westerman has a three-year contract with NBU to provide general services as needed.
DiFonzo said NBU is not prepared to develop policy on bond counsel since it does not have plans to issue bonds in the near future.
Westerman, who also provides financial services for Comal County and the two local school districts, said Friday he intends on submitting a bid for the city’s bonds, but said, “What difference does it make?"
When asked whether he planned on attending the Monday council meeting, he responded, “I wasn’t
Cullom said she is making the recommendation so the city can have a direct contractual relationship with the bond counsel.
“I don’t think as a practice you should be doing things like this because you’re not going to get the best representation,’’ Cullom said.
Although professional services do not require the bidding process, Cullom said the city charter encourages the city to seek competitive contracts.
This year the city has gone out for
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salaries by $1 million to meet the
average pay scales of comparative
The proposed pay scale would increase a salary of $17,680 to $18,32S.
Appointed staff, which include the city manager, attorney and municipal judge, would receive an increase of 3.5 percent. The city manager’s salary will not be affected by die proposed pay scale.
bids for the first time ever for a tourism promotions contract and an economic development marketing
Board meeting will include discussion of Bradberry’s contract
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet in executive session Monday night to discuss three items, including the evaluation, duties and discipline of a public officer or employee, to hear a complaint against an officer or employee and to discuss the superintendent’s contract.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in executive session, and no action will be taken on any of the items.
Superintendent Charles Birdberry said die first item is an outline of what will be acceptable from board members, and what the members duties are during a meeting.
The second item is a request from someone to appear before the board to explain what can be done to ease a current situation die person is in, Bradberry said.
The final item is to “discuss and deliberate die employment and evaluation of the Superintendent" in terms of his contract. Bradberry said he did not request this item, and he has no idea what it is about.
The discussion of Bradberry’s contract conies at a time when Bradberry is contemplating an offer from the Keller Independent School District in the Fort Worth-area.
An initial offer was made to Bradberry in October. However, Bradberry has not announced whether he will take the job or not Bradberry said part of the delay is due to a law that says a district must wait 21 days between when the finalist is named to when a final offer is made.
“That has kind of slowed down the entire process,” Bradberry said.
Bradberry said the Keller ISD board of trustees will meet Monday night also, and he believes he will be able to make a decision after that.
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ecution and get-tough plans for hot check writers.
Under the no-excuse spousal program, a domestic violence case can still be prosecuted even if the wife decides to drop charges against the husband.
This avoids domestic violence cases that are dropped after many hours of investigation and research because the spouse is either coerced or harassed by the man to drop the charges, Reimer said.
“The officers can go ahead and get statements from the kids and the neighbors, and the pressure won’t allow them (wives) to change their minds. It would then be a fact case versus an opinion case."
He said he has been working closely with the Women’s Center on die subject of the no-excuse spousal program.
Reimer said Waldrip has sent surveys to other counties that have consolidated and has received advice and opinions on the transition.
The answers from the surveys show the counties are happy with the consolidation, Reimer said
“Two county judges said they wished they had been provided a person to go for legal advice,” Reimer said. “We will provide that person. This person will work
full-time doing research and handling lawsuits for the county."
Reimer said hot checks collections and payment schedules would be handled more by die justice of the peace courts instead of being handled by an office such as the county attorney's.
Waldrip said he has talked to County Judge Carter Casteel, Sheriff-elect Bob Holder, County Court-at-Law Judge Fred Clark, District Judge Jack Robison, Police Chief Ray Douglas and other county agencies on how to improve services in a consolidated office.
Casteel said she could support a consolidation plan which met two conditions for her.
“One, it would continue die same level of services to our citizens," Casteel said. “This criteria is one we have already done in other areas such as consolidating the Environmental Health Department with the County Road Department, in which we have provided better delivery of services. I am not opposed to that if it will hopefully save money for the taxpayers."
Reimer said he and Waldrip will listen carefully to what commissioners court will have to say on die subject of consolidation.
“We are not going to ram this down anybody’s throat,” he said.
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Receptions will be beld from p.m. Tuesday at Bill Brown Bien and Thursday at Frazier Elementary
Wurstfest schedule for today
noon to 3 p.m. Alpenmusikanten 3 to 6:00 p.m. Hill Country Brass Band
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cloverleaf Orchestra
3 to 3:30 p.m. Drawing for free trip for two to Munich, Germany / Courtesy of Wurstfest and Lufthansa German Airlines
3:30 to 5 p.m. Alpenfest 5 to 6:30 p.m. Shanty-Chor “Butjenter Blinkfuer”
* Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent)
11.30 a.m. Sauerkrauts 12:30 p.m. New Braunfels German Folkdancers
1 p.m. Sauerkrauts
2 p m. Ballet FoikJorico Infanta
3 p.m. Sauerkrauts
Pas Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent)
4 p.m. New Braunfels German Folkdancers
4:30 p.m. Alpenmusikanten 5:30 p.m. New Braunfels High School Band
6:30 p.m. Sauerkrauts 7:30 p.m. Alpenfest 8:30 p.m. Die Froehliche Omas and Opas
Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent)
11:30 a m. Toni Noiehl 12:30 p.m. Feldenfest 1:30 p.m. Brushy Creek Brass Band
2:30 p.m. Feldenfest 3:30 p.m. Brushy Creek Brass Band
4:30 p.m. Terry Cavanagh and Bettkopf
5:30 p.m. Pretzel Benders
6:30 p.m. Terry Cavanagh and Bettkopf
7:30 p.m. Pretzel Benders 8:30 p.m. Terry Cavanagh and Bettkopf
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Annual Tour dc Gruene / Bicycle Classic /Time Trial - Gruene Hall IO a.m. to I p.m. Annual Wurstfest Regatta ll / Keelboats and Multihulls • Canyon Lake IO a m. to 4 p.m. Tour of Ferdinand Lindheimer Home IO a m. to 4 p.m. Tour of St. Martin's Lutheran Church IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Wurstfest Art Show /NB Art League IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Wagenfuehr Barber Shop Museum IO a.m. to 5 p.m. “Where in the World is Germany?" - Children’s Museum
IO a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Heritage Exhibit / “The Thirties: Winds of Change”/ KafTee Haus - Civic Center 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Kunst und Gewerbe (Arts & Crafts) - Lands Mill Building, adjacent to Wurstfest Gate #1 on Landa Street Noon to 5 p.m. Tour of Conservation Plaza Noon to 5 p.m. The Hummel Museum - Hourly Tours
I to 5 p.m. Sophienburg Museum
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Mildred L. Parker of Harlingen, Texas, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996, at the Golden Palms Nursing Center in Harlingen at the age of 95 years. She was born July I, 1901, in McKinney, Texas. She attended schools in McKinney, Texas, and was a graduate of Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to Jacksonville, Texas, in 1922. She married O. F. Parker in 1923 and moved to Houston, Texas. She was a member of the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a volunteer Gray Lady at Hermann Hospital, uid was active in various civic clubs. She moved to Canyon Lake, Texas, and still maintained a home there at the time of her death.
Mrs. Parker is survived by grandson William Rodney and his wife Donna Parker of Kenmore, N.Y.; sister Mrs. George H. Hury of Harlingen; nephews James E. Milton III of Harlingen, George Hank Hwy Jr. of Washington, D.C.; John E. Lehman of Dallas, Texas; James H. Lehman of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; great-grandchildren Daniel R. Parker, Andrew T. Parker and Mary Elizabeth Parker, all of Kenmore, N.Y. She was. preceded in death by her husband, O. F. Parker; a son, William L. Parker, sisters, Maxene L. Milton, L. C. Birkner, Genevieve Morris; and a brother, Fred E. Lehman.
Graveside services only will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9,1996, with the Rev. Harry Adamson officiating. Interment will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Arrangements
with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 710 E. Carey Dr., Harlingen, Texas 78550,(210)423-3636.
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Chester L. Pehl of New Braunfels died Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 69. He married Lucille Rothe on April 25, 1950 in New Braunfels. He was a member of First Protestant Church New Braunfels, American Legion Post #179, VFW Post 7110, Anhalt, Wurstfest Association, Comal County Fair Association, Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 of Order of Hermann Sons of Texas, life member of Freiheit, Mission Valley and Comal Bowl ten-pin, and worked for 46 years in the automotive industry.
Mr. Pehl is survived by his wife, Lucille Pehl of New Braunfels; mother, Ema Pehl of New Braunfels; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley G. and Vicki Pehl of San Antonio; grandson, Shannon Scott Pehl of San Antonio; granddaughter, Jana Jo Pehl of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Lola Brotze of New Braunfels; brother-in-law, Alfred Rothe and wife Darleen of New Braunfels; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at First Protestant Church, with burial to follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Sunday until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The family will be present at Zoeller Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to receive visitors.
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concessions by adding new and different foods so that it is not the same thing over and over.
“It seems like people are enjoying each themselves, and that is what we have noticed.”
And Brandt is glad people are having fun and enjoying themselves since that
is what Wurstfest is supposed to be about.
“I have had a wonderful time seeing people come in looking for a good time and then leaving having had a good time,” Brandt said.
“I am looking forward to wonderful closing weekend of Wurstfest.”
AUSTIN (AP) — The Public Utility Commission has lost its bid to retain control over pay phone rates in Texas, a move that could lead to higher prices.
The PUC, which regulates the telephone and electric industries in Texas, joined regulators from other states last month in asking the Federal Communications
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Commission to reconsider an order that could allow pay phone owners to raise rates throughout the country.
The PUC last summer rejected attempts by pay phone operators in Texas to raise rates to 50 cents per call. The agency allowed pay phones to charge 25 cents for toll-free calls, except for those made to preferred long distance companies.
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