New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 306 12 pages, 1 section
00001'City reveals candidates for manager post
By Ron Maloney
The city of New Braunfels and its executive search firm on Monday released a short list of seven city manager can
didates who will interview with the city in early December.
Charles Rohre, senior associate with Ralph Andersen & Associates of Richardson, a public sector executive search firm, said the list was culled
from among 85 applications for the job vacated this past summer by Chuck Pinto, who took a job in League City.
The search firm, which also found Pinto, created a job profile and advertised the posi
tion in Texas and in a national trade publication for municipal managers.
The firm created a short list Assistant City Manager Charles Zech released Monday afternoon in response to a request
filed under Chapter 552 of the Texas Local Government Code, which pertains to public records.
“I prefer to call them interview candidates," Rohre said. “They’re not really finalists until the council interviews them.”
Mayor Bruce Boyer said the interviews would be conducted on Dec. 5 and 6.
“We’re going to interview the applicants the first Monday and
See MANAGER, Page 2
Drainage fee a step closer to approval
By Ron Maloney
City council Monday night approved the first reading of a proposed drainage ordinance the city believes will apply impact fees fairly and uniformly to commercial and residential property.
On a unanimous vote, council approved setting a fee of 14 cents per square foot of impervious cover on nonresidential construction or residential construction of more than two units.
The ordinance, an amendment to Chapter 143, Section 143-21 of the city code, would also set a fee of $600 per lot for single family and duplex residential developments.
City Attorney Charles Zech told council city staff developed the ordinance based on comments from citizens and councilmen! -hers who have expressed concerns over the issue.
The Greater New Braunfels Homebuilders Association filed a district court suit over the fees in September, and a hearing has been set in December before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel.
Zech said that City Engineer Mike Short developed the nonresidential lot fee so it can be assessed based on information about impervious cover — ground cover that does not allow rain to soak in such as rooftops, driveways and other features — which is recorded on a plat application.
It would be assessed when a building permit is issued and must be paid before final approval.
Residential lot impervious cover is not recorded on plats. The residential lot fee was based on factors Short computed that included average residential lot size in New Braunfels and the average amount of impervious cover
See DRAINAGE, Page 6
City Attorney Charles Zech
Randolph Brooks Credit union opens branch in New Braunfels.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Herb Skoog shows off his collection ofWurstfest steins on display at the Spass Haus on the Wurstfest grounds, beginning with the very first stein to this year's design and 45th anniversary commemorative stein.
Skoog works behind scenes to promote Wurstfest event
Herb Skoog sits at his desk at the Wurstfest office.
By Ron Maloney
Wurstfest presidents come and go.
Opas — even Der Grosse Opa — come and go.
Ever since there was a Wurstfest, though, Herb Skoog has been there.
He’s been an Opa and remains an Opa Emeritus, the honorary posting for opas who might not be as active as they once were.
But don’t be fooled. At 74, Skoog isn’t kicking back and taking it easy.
Skoog was here in the early 1960s when a group of local officials and businessmen conceived the idea that grew to be this city’s top nonprofit fund-raiser.
He was Wurstfest president in 1969 and was Grosse Opa in 1972. He worked through the ’70s and into the 80s as a
volunteer “Opa,” even as his radio stations, KGNB and KNBT, were promoting the event. He stayed on after he sold the stations in the 80s, runs his own ad agency and is a distributor of advertising promotional items for Harvey-Daco, in addition to his work for Wurstfest.
In the ’90s, Skoog sort of self-bestowed the title by which he is now known: “Director of Wurst Relations."
In that role, Skoog, a modest guy who shrugs off interviews by directing media people to the Wurstfest president, Grosse Opa or executive director, coordinates publicity and buys advertising for Wurstfest, which has grown over the years to have more than 100,000 visitors from across the country and around the world.
See WURSTFEST, Page 6
A New Braunfels police officer investigates the scene of a Sunday afternoon wreck at East Common Street and Loop 337 the killed the driver of a motorcycle.
Man, 62, dies in motorcycle, car accident
By Ron Maloney
A 63-year-old New Braunfels man was killed Sunday when a car collided with his motorcycle on Common Street.
New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rutherford said James Robert Crawford died when a 45-year-old New Braunfels woman, driving a 2005
Honda Civic, turned in front of Crawford’s 2005 Harley Davidson.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero pronounced Crawford dead and ordered an autopsy, Rutherford said.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Common Street and Loop 337, Rutherford said.
Crawford was driving south toward Loop 337 when Kim Farlow turned her vehicle in front of him, Rutherford said.
“We had witness accounts that the Honda had a red light for the turn and she proceeded through the intersection,” Rutherford said.
Crawford, whose motor
cycle went under the car, was wearing a helmet, according to the police report.
An AirLife helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but Crawford was not flown out, Rutherford said.
Farlow was cited for running the red light, Rutherford said.UAVIV.beheardbl09.e0m