New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Partly cloudy conditions could yield a slight chance for rain this afternoon, when the high should reach about 86. The overnight low likely will be in the mid-60s. Similar conditions are due Wednesday, but a cold front may be on the way. The high in New Braunfels Monday was 83 and the overnight low was 59. Por weather details, sec Page 2A.
PAIR COVERAGE........S-1S, 14
October 1, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 225
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home
ie of Woodrow G. Rust_
One Section, 16 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday" today to Joshua Juarez, Joseph Strickland, Dan Hill, Chris Hill, Rosemary Espinoza and Lori Castilleja.
Belated birthday wishes to Danny Hernandez, Magan Renee Gonzalez and Phylis Murrow.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to serve as hostesses and ticket sellers for this year’s Heritage Exhibit, sponsored by the Heritage Society at the Civic Center during Wursifest. This year’s theme is “The Home Front: 1941-1945.” To volunteer call Rose Marie Zipp at 625-2520 or Cora Jane Wclsch at 629-6504.Trade seminar
The city of New Braunfels and the Alamo Area Council of Governments will sponsor a seminar, “How to trade with Mexico and Germany" at 6 tonight in the conference room at the Municipal Complex, 424 S. Casten Ave.
The seminar will guide participants through the process of trading with Mexico and Germany or setting up joint ventures. Jim Forester with the International Trade Division of the city of San Antonio and Dagmar Grinder with NCNB’s Foreign Trade Office will conduct the seminar.Farnsworth to speak
Bill Farnsworth of the Oakhills Rotary Club will be the featured speaker Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
Farnsworth will speak of the Rotary district’s recent Group Study Exchange with District 119 in England. He will be accompanied by some of the Exchange team members and will use slides to illustrate his remarks.
The club meets at noon every Wednesday al Eagles Hall in blew Braunfels.Life Chain ll planned
Last year, about 700 Comal County residents stood shoulder to shoulder in a cold rain, holding up signs with two messages: “Abortion Kills Children” and “Jesus Heals and Forgives.” That first local Life Chain was part of what has become an annual nationwide public stand against abortion.
This year, New Braunfels Life Chain ll is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, along San Antonio and Seguin streets downtown.Democratic women
Texas Democratic Women of Comal County will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Molly Joe’s. Dutch-trcat dinner at 7 p.m. Representatives from several community based programs will describe their organization’s work and officers for the next biennium will be elected. Call 620-1522 for more information.Doctor to discuss ADD
Dr. James Wicoff, medical director of Colonial Hills, will discuss Attention Deficit Disorder at 7 tonight at Lone Star Primary Cafeteria. The event is sponsored by New Braunfels Independent School District.Good Day
As moratorium ends, TWC studies rules
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
A moratorium placed on hazardous waste permits in Texas earlier this year ends Wednesday, opening the door once again to companies wanting to secure those permits.
But, this time, a new law recently passed by the Texas Legislature is forcing companies to meet stricter guidelines before gaining a permit. The Texas Water Commission is expected to adopt new rules Wednesday to comply with that new law, known as Senate Bill 1099.
“The law says they (new rules) have to be in place by Oct. 2,” said
TWC Spokesman Bill Colbert, adding the proposed rules track the law and are stronger than past ones.
David Wallace, president for New Braunfels-based Securing a Future Environment, said a portion of the new law could be all it takes lo stop the Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. from gaining permits to store and bum hazardous waste as fuel at the Balcones Cement Plant in New Braunfels.
‘This is the cheapest arguable point,” Wallace said refemng to a half-mile “buffer zone.” Senate Bill
1099 stales no plant will be allowed to store or bum hazardous waste if it is located within a half-mile of a residence, school, church, day care center, dedicated park or surface water body for drinking. The Balcones Cement Plant is located on Wold Road.
SAFE, along with the city of New Braunfels, commissioned two separate land surveys recently that indicated there are three homes located within a half-mile of the Balcones Cement Plant, therefore being in violation of SB 1099.
Wallace said he has received infor
mation that Lafarge and Systech officials have approached at least one landowner within the buffer zone to buy his property. (
“We talked to them about that fact that they may fall into that (half-mile) category,” said Herb Schneider, spokesman at the Balcones Cement Plant. “We discussed the possibility (of buying the property) ... We have not had a response back that they have an interest one way or the other of selling.”
Schneider said he would not discuss how much money had been offered for the property.
SAFE spokesman Paul Pennington said the fact Lafarge has discussed buying the property is another example of the company not caring about how people in the community feel about the project.
“The fact that Lafarge has confirmed that they arc attempting lo buy the property is another clear example of how this company chooses to totally disregard the overwhelming will ol the people of New Braunfels to drop this permit,” Pennington said.
The Water Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
City Council votes to hire investigator
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council after a throe-hour executive session on Monday decided lo hire an outside firm to investigate allegations of improper conduct against the city manager and council members.
The council voted 7-0 to hire an investigating firm based outside Comal County. Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. made the motion, seconded by Council Member Rudy Scidcl. Also voting in favor were Mayor James Goodbrcad and Council Members Loraine Kraft, Clinton Brandi, Bill Arnold and Paul Fraser.
“I move to appoint an outside investigator to investigate allegations against the city manager or City Council members, including those recently publicized,” Chapa said in making the motion.
Another meeting is scheduled Monday, Oct. 7, to hire an investigator and decide the scope of the investigation.
The council recently met twice in closed session concerning allegations against City Manager Paul Grohman. After a four-hour executive meeting on Sept. 11, a deeply divided council voted 4-3 to retain Grohman as manager. An emergency meeting scheduled for Sept. 14 to “discuss, consider and lake action regarding removal of mayor” failed to draw the fivc-mcmbcr quorum required for action.
After Monday’s meeting, Goodbrcad said he couldn’t comment specifically on the allegations discussed or the reasons the meeting lasted three hours.
During next week’s meeting, each council member individually will propose allegations they wish the investigator to examine and then the council will vote on each, the mayor said.
“We will hire an outside investigation firm to investigate all these matters. and it will be from outside Comal County so it will be unbiased,” Good bread said. “This will be concerning matters that have been brought up before and perhaps some additional ones.”
Chapa declined lo comment on die necessity to investigate any allegations and the seriousness of the allcga lions against Grohman and council members.
“We’re trying to clear the air. We’re going to do an investigation of the city manager, and we’d also like to include council members. We want to wipe the slate clean once and for all and get the city back on the right track,’’Chapa said following the vote.
“ll was a unanimous vote, and I think it’s a positive step in the right direction,” Chapa said.
“We all agreed that this was the best possible route. There was some talk that we had to do among ourselves. We aired out some of the problems that we’ve had in the past, and we’ve come lo realize we can’t let personalities interfere in this,” Chapa said. “It’s the general consensus of all the council people thai we warn lo du what’s best for the city.”
Asked if the investigation was a move to begin to iron out council problems, Goodbrcad said. “I would
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CISD to contract with city for drug dog use
Mixing up one of about a dozen recipes prepared during Monday evening's Today's Lifestyles” Cooking School is home economist Lucinda Kahny of Homemakers Schools, Inc. About 1,000 New Braunfels residents were on hand for the Civic Center event, hosted by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and a slate of local merchants. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
At their regular monthly meeting Monday at Smithson Valley High School, trustees of the Comal Independent School District approved an agreement with the city of New Braunfels lo provide canine narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia detection services at the district's secondary schools. Cost will be $2,500 for the year.
This is the first year that the New Braunfels Police Department will provide the service to the district. In previous years, a private company was contracted to provide drug dog services.
“Principals have had some concerns with the private company we had contracted with,” said Roy Linnaru, director of maintenance and operations. “lf we continue with the drug dogs in our schools I recommend we go with the city.
“The principals themselves have found much more than the dogs have,” Superintendent Joe Rogers said, referring to the previously contracted company. “I think the kids are smarter than the dogs are.”
The one-year agreement suites that the “city will provide a loud of twenty onsite visits per year to the middle schools and high schools in the Comal Independent School District. Each visit shall include one trained drug detection dog and at least one police officer.”
“Do we really want to keep using dogs in our schools with the budget
crunch?,” Linnartz said. “If the dog
can provide us some deterrence, it’s worth it.”
The cost works out to $125 per inspection.
“I think it’s a deterrent,’’ said Rusty Brockman, Canyon Middle School principal.
The schools that will be subject to the searches are Canyon High School, Smithson Valley High School, Canyon Middle School and Smithson Valley Middle School.
A similar agreement with the City of New Braunfels was recently approved by New Braunfels 1SD.
in other business, the board approved out-of-district student transfers on a 6-1 vote with Trustee Tom Potter voting against. Four of the six students seeking transfers met the hardship criteria while two did not but would be “moving to the area soon,” Rogers said.
“I would appreciate in the future if we could vote on (TEA-approved and nonapproved) separately," Potter said. He added that he has had to vote against all students because there was one or two unacceptable transfer applicants.
“I can't balance waiving tuition with the kind of tax rate we passed,” Trustee Jim Middleton said.
Trustees also approved a trust plan for accounting of employee contributions to the district*a welfare benefit plan and bidi for microcomputer software, computer supplies and Apple and MS-DOS (IBM or clone) computers including operating system software and printers.
Rogers sets meeting with board member
CISD Technology Coordinator Nina Grantham, center, presents a plaque recognizing the district as a "partner in innovation” for use of videodisc science programs from Optical Data Corporation to board President Lee Ikels, left, and Superintendent Joe Rogers. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Also approved were the monthly tax report, payment to contractors, and membership in the the South Texas Cooperative Purchasing Organization.
Teacher career ladder assignments for 1991-92 were approved by the board aa recommended by the carcer ladder committee. Assignments were made baaed on the stricter criteria adopted by trustees in August, according to Arlen Tiekcn, assistant superintendent for personnel. He said that
$30,000 must be transferred into die fund from the district lo cover fully funding the payments not met by aute monies.
The district has 92 employees at level one, 238 at level two and 75 at level three, Tieken said.
“Not as many met the criteria last year,” Tickcn said. “More teachers have qualified through working for it
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers will meet with Suite Board of Education member John Shields at 9:30 a.m. Oct. IO al the CISD central office to discuss the suite's current system of classifying school districts as rich or poor, he said.
“Every person I’ve had the chance to talk to — none will claim they’re rich and none will claim they’re poor.” Rogers said. “They’re somewhere in the middle.”
Rogers feels that the state should adjust the funding formula so that there are duce or more classificauons of distr ids instead of just rich/poor,
He also alerted parents lo look in the "Superintendent’s Report Card” newsletter that will be sent out this week for addresses and information to use when writing to officials about the funding situation.
“I did not send out a form letter because form letters gel thrown away,” Rogers said. “I want each one of you to write your own letter to (we or all) of the four people I have listed there.”
Rogers also said that he and Abel Baa ROGERS, Paga 2