New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol 144, No. 261
Birdberry packs bags for Keller
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— Superintendent Charles Bradberry
Birthday wish** from th* HsrakUsltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Martina Villanueva, B.H.
Coram, Sharon Watkins, Raul Martinez (17 years), Holly Reynolds (16 years), Leslie Jordan Purtle (2 years), Hector Molina,
Skylar Koepp, Chris Brown, Lisa Bracks, Gayle Offerman and Rhonda Smith.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count Mold —1,024 Cedar Elm -10 Pigweed—0 Ragweed—Trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of sir. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Weft —622.98 feet above sea level, down .03 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —106 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —173 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.46 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) ,
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NBL) reports pumping 7.380 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no weft water was used.
Water issues forum slated for Thursday
A public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters to discuss water issues will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Independent School District Board Room, 430 W.
Featured speakers are Bill West of Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, John Ashworth and Steven Densmore of the Texas Water Development Board, and Doug Miller of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
A question and answer session will follow. For more information, call Rose Marie Eash, (210)900-3188.
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Craft fair spaces are available for a Nov. 16 fait at Peace Lutheran Church. Call 620-0618 in the morning or 606-0313 after 6:30 p.m. for more information.
Wovnsn’s buslnsss group to msst
The next meeting of the New Braunfels Business and Professional Women organization is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.
Dr. Nancy Logan will be the featured speaker. For reservations, call Kristy Davis at 609-5678.
Bleck Heritage Society to gather
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will be meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Dft-tlinger Memorial Library.
Items to be discussed include scholarships, donations for Teen Connection and the Women’s Shelter, the art contest and raffle tickets.
For more information, call 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625.
Ipglpt Fish Fry to benefit cancer center
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Eagles Hall, 257 E. South St.
The cost is $5, and proceeds will go to the Eagles state project: The Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
After a couple of weeks of contemplation and negotiations, New Braunfels Superintendent Charles Bradberry has decided to leave at the end of December to head a school district in the Fort Worth area.
Bradberry was named the new superintendent of the Keller Independent School District on Monday night, just hours after the local New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees met to discuss his contract.
“At this point in my life, it’s just a wonderful opportunity,” Bradberry said. “It’s a wonderful contract and a wonderful opportunity, and hopefully a great place to finish out my career.” Bradberry said he will tender his resignation as soon as he signs the contract with KISD and will ask the New Braunfels board to act on it at its next
“The board indicated (Monday night) that there is a majority that will release me from my current contract,” Bradberry said.
Bradberry, who is in his 14th year with NBISD, has two years left on his contract.
“It will be awfully, awfully hard to leave here because of the attachments I have made with people over the years,” Bradberry said. “But this was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.” Bradberry said he will spend one vacation day each week on visits to the Keller district.
He will assume his new responsibilities Jan. I.
Keller named Bradberry to fill its top position just hours after the NBISD Board of Trustees met in executive session to discuss his contract.
Two trustees returned from the executive session visibly shaken and crying.
The meeting then ended with no action or further discussion.
Padilla said last night’s discussion was an opportunity to find out where individual board members stood on the issue of Bradberry’s contract.
“I think basically, that's what this is about — to let everyone know where we’re at,” Padilla said. “A couple of board members wanted tonight’s special meeting to discuss the superintendent's contract.”
Padilla said that while the discussion was “helpful,” the trustees did not agree on the issue of Bradberry's contract.
He said he was unable to give specific details of the discussion, because it was held in executive session.
Bradberry said Senate Bill I requires a 21-day waiting period between when the finalist is named and when a replacement is announced.
Monday was the earliest point at which a final decision could be made, he said.
Bradberry added that he felt somewhat of an
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Students at Canyon High School Joined with Comal County veftarans Monday to honor tormar aarviaamon and woman tor thairaaoftffoaa In the
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Photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Gunfire leaves one man injured
By ABE LEVY
Police are investigating the early Monday morning shooting of a W estside resident who was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning at Wil-ford Hall in San Antonio.
Twenty-year-old Anthony Gallegos was shot once in the head at about 12:15 a.rn. in the 16(H) block of West Bridge Street.
Police said they do not have any suspects nght now but are currently investigating the matter.
City employees get 4 percent pay raise
By ABE LEVY
Bids required for financial services
New Braunfels to seek bids for bond counsel
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels City Council authorized its staff to seek competitive bids for financial advisory services and bond counsel in a unanimous vote Monday night.
The council approved the measure in keeping with new policy to seek requests for proposals concerning rele-
The city’s current contract for financial services, which expires in January, is with Floyd Westerman of Southwest Securities.
vant city contracts when they come up for renewal.
The council’s members issued the requests for the first time this year for an economic development marketing contract and a tourism promotions contract.
Westerman, who has contracts with Comal County and the two local school districts for financial services, plans to submit a proposal for the contract.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom recommended that the council issue a separate request for bond counsel to ensure proper representation during bond transactions. The city plans to issue S3 million in revenue bonds for construction of a new library on Common Street. The bonds will be paid for through revenue from a half-cent sales tax.
The New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved an across-the-board pay raise of about 4 percent for city employees at Monday night's regular meeting.
The raises are part of the city's effort to bring employee salaries up to the same level of other cities of similar size, city officials said.
One year ago, the council increased salaries by $364,000 and froze the salaries that were already above average.
Monday’s pay raise affects all employees except the city manager, who received a raise in the summer.
The raises will increase salaries by 4 percent from the midpoint salary.
Those salaries above the midpoint will increase by slightly less than 4 percent, while those under the midpoint will increase by slightly more than 4 percent. Appointed staff members, including the city attorney and the municipal judge, will receive a 3.5 percent raise.
Overall, the raises will cost
January is target month for opening of clinics
By DAVID DEKUNDER
By the first of the year, two McKenna Memorial Hospital clinics will be ready to serve patients in Garden Ridge and Smithson Valley, a McKenna official said Tuesday morning.
Gwcnn Scott, McKenna’s vice president for clinical services, said the hospital has already located spots in both Garden Ridge and Smithton Valley for the clinics.
“We are planning to move the Clear Springs clinic to Smithson Valley,” Scott said. “We are going to lease some land across from Smithson Valley Middle School on FM 311. Then in Garden Ridge we have leased space in the Garden Executive Center down on FM 2252.”
McKenna acquired the Clear Springs Medical Clinic this fall with the intent of moving the 2,500-square-foot building to serve patients in the Smithson Valley area.
The hospital operates the Clear Springs clinic from I to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
For weeks, McKenna has been trying to find a site for the Smithson Valley clinic.
Scott said the hospital contacted the
landowner six weeks ago and it has reached a tentative agreement with the owner.
“It (opening) will be after the first of the year, because we need to put in septic and water systems and prepare for site preparations,” Scott said.
Scott said McKenna has to wait 60 days to get a site for both water and septic systems.
The Garden Ridge facility will have 2,500 square feet of space and will be housed in what was the I Care Hotline offices.
“We found the site at the end of September,” Scott said. “It is now a matter of working with an architect to build out the interior. We hope to be in there by the end of the year or maybe after the first of the year.”
Both clinics will provide full family services from infants to geriatrics.
Steven Greenfield, the physician’s assistant at the McKenna Neighborhood Center and the Clear Springs clinic, and Laura Castillo, the medical assistant at both clinics, will go to the Smithson Valley clinic.
Tina Ortega, who works as a clerk at McKenna Memonal Hospital, will be the office manager.
The staff at the Garden Ridge clinic will be Turn to Clinics, Page 2
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Glowing llko a Christmas bulb, a hot air balloon lit up the aldea near Wurstfest Saturday avaning. Th# avant was promoting Glowfeat ’96, a winter holiday balloon festival scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15 in Now Braunfels.
Tm not saying we don’t need these pay raises. I Just don’t think we really have a good map.’
— Councilman Ray Schoch
$197,(HK), which will be taken from the general fund of this year’s budget.
The raises, which are also based on years of experience and cost of living, will take effect Nov. 30, and employees will see the first benefits of the increases on Dec. 19.
Councilman Ray Schoch, a certified public accountant, moved for approval of the pay raises but said last year’s pay scale needs further review.
Schoch said he favors hiring a consultant to produce a more consistent salary plan.
“I’m not saying we don’t need these pay raises," Schoch told the council. “I just don’t.think we really have a good map. I don’t think the end product reflected a good consistent salary scale.”
Amtrak eyes stop
By ABE LEVY
A council member said Monday that Amtrak is considering building a train stop in New Braunfels.
Councilwoman Cathy Talcott said she met with Amtrak representative Joy Smith while attending a convention in Tyler recently.
Talcott said Smith plans to come here Dec. 3 to talk with area representatives to see how much interest exists for a New Braunfels stop.
Amtrak had canceled its service to Texas this year but then recently decided to extend it for another six months.
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