New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Eric Walker, Teresa Woodard, Linda Rapp, Les Caffoy, Stacey Howard, Carol Dietel, Juanita King, Diane Villarreal, Clay Collins, Melissa Serna and J. Steven Evans.
Celebrating a birthday Saturday, Andrew Christopher Juarez Jr. • Belated birthday wishes to Lucy Villarreal.
“Happy anniversary" today to Tony and Mary Armondi, Edgar and Evelyn Harborth and Rachel and Jesse NoyolaJr.
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.
McKenna Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold an orientation meeting Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the hospital at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in volunteering at the hospital is invited to attend.
Arthritis self help
Self help classes for people with arthritis will be Oct. IO through Nov. 14 on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at McKenna Memorial Hospital Garza Street Classroom, 143 E. Garza St. There is a $15 fee for the class and scholarships arc available. The classes are offered by the Arthritis Found-ation. To register call 1-800-284-2438.
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will present Casino Night Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Woodlands Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets $25; $35 at the door. Door prizes and Las Vegas style games are planned for the evening. Babysitting will be provided. Tickets arc available at a number of locations including the limes Guardian and New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.
Second time around
Veterans of Foreign Wars #8800 in Startzville will sponsor a second time around sale al the post home located on Farm-to-Market 2673 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday.
October 6 is Gcrman-Amcrican Day, a celebration of German heritage and contributions. You will find these titles (among others) in the Dittlinger Memorial Library’s Texana Collection: Ferdinand Lindhcimcr’s A life Among ike Texas Flora, German Pioneers in Texas and Memoirs of a Texas Pioneer Grandrruuher Visit the library six days a week at 373 Magazine Ave.
Baby and Me
Moms and dads arc invited to bring their diapcr-clud dynamos to The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels where there's a new program, “Baby and Me.’’ The program is a lime for parents, infants and toddlers. Program times arc from ll am to noon each Monday for parents of “under 2's.’’ After a brown-bag lunch from noon to 12:30 the program is open to parents of “ovcr-2's” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information call 6204)939.
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A hot day today - with temperatures near 95 arid south to southwest winds at 15-20 mph — should yield to cooler, cloudier conditions with the arrival overnight of a cold front. For the weekends, high in the 70s and overnight lows in die 50s are forecast. In New Braunfels Thursday, the high was 88 and the overnight low was 68. For weather details, sec Page 2.
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Bid could be awarded soon
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday opened two bids on a proposed computer system upgrade and expect to award a bid next week.
The Software Group and IBM both submitted lengthy and complicated bids, and the amounts were not immediately announced. TSG’s bid included both software and hardware, while the IBM bid included only hardware, said County Judge Carter Casteel.
TSG, the county’s current software contractor based in Plano, has proposed system improvements and additions expected to cost more than $400,000 in the first year of a five-year agreement. based on recommendations by independent computer consultant Bill McGinty of Seguin.
During the five years, such an upgrade would be expected save the county about $75,000 over trying lo improve and maintain the county’s current main central computer. TSG guarantees to solve all current response-u mc problems in the system through the upgrade.
After the meeting, county off!- . cials met with a TSG representative to discuss the company’s bid. Although invited to attend, IBM was not represented at the meeting and will be contacted before next week, Casteel said.
civil cases. District Court juvenile criminal cases, criminal appeals, hex check warrants, legal opinion requests, and justice of the peace criminal cases.
He also said the court has been moving toward ‘‘micro-management’’ by interfering at an increasing level in day-to-day adminstration by elected and appointed depart mein heads.
“Allocation of resources within my department should be mine and mine
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Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Susan Collins
SAFE has plan to unite council, bolster waste fight
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
Securing a Future Environment board members unanimously voted Thursday to present a plan to New Braunfels City Council members that could restore unity to the council and fight Lafarge, said Paul Pennington, SAFE spokesman.
The group had hoped to present the plan before the City Council’s executive session Monday, but had not been successful in being placed on the agenda as of presume today.
SAFE was formed to oppose efforts
by Lafarge Corporation and subsidiary Systech Environmental to store and burn hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement plant near New Braunfels.
The agenda this morning stated the council would go into executive session ai 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss personnel matters and reconvene rn open session to take possible action on hiring an investigator to probe allegations against the city manager and the City Council. The agenda will be posted this afternoon
SAFE board members have been considering the possibility of recalling certain council members.
“One of my concerns is that we won’t have an opportunity to present it," Pennington said. “(Our plan) could restore unity and also fight Lafarge ... I can’t tell you what the plants."
SAFE board members have been considering the possibility of recalling certain council members, but have put that on hold in lieu of the plan According to the City Charier, any elected city official shall be subject to recall and removal from office by the qualified voters of the city on grounds of incompetency, misconduct or mal feasance in office.
In recent weeks City Council mem ben have become divided on a aum ber of issues regarding the alleged conduct of City Manager Paul Groh man. While the city manager has
denied, among a number of allegations, that he influenced city employ ees to vote a certain way in several elections, including the hazardous waste election, members of SAFE said that is clouding the fight against Lafarge.
The council’s first division came several weeks ago when Mayor James Good brr ad, council members Paul Fraser md Rudy Seidel voted to oust Grohman while council members Bill Arnold. Loraine Kraft. Ramon Chapa Jr. and Clinton Brandt voted to keep him
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With pledges now totaling $116.759 29, the current fund drive for United Way of Comal County is at 58 percent of its goal
- Garden Ridge council backs suspension
By MARK WARNKEN Staff WHIM
The Owden Ridge City Council has upheld die police chiefs three-day suspension of a police department sergeant in connection with an unauthorized investigation of city affairs.
Police Chief Paras Dudley suspended Sgt Larry Swain, a full-ume officer rn the aly since 1988, without pay on Aug 30 and Sept 2 and 3. In a letter outlining reasons for the suspension, Dudley said Swain violated several sections in the poi ice department policy manual on Aug. 22 by attempting to listen to a Sheriff’s Department tape of dispatch telephone converts* uons on Aug. 2.
In voting conducted by Mayor Linda Kickar after a 1% hour administrative hearing during Wednesday’s
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County fails to back raise for attorney
Joining Chamber of Commerce board chairman Manard Ivy in clipping a ribbon at Bungy Over Texas are Susie Simpson, left, and Jane Abbott. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Chamber ribbon-cutting greets Bungy Over Texas
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday declined County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander’s request for a 3 percent cost-of-living salary increase.
Last week, a nine-member citizen Salary Grievance Committee, selected at random from the grand jury list, voted 7-2 in favor of Rheinlander’s request. A unanimous vote would have granted the request automatically, while fewer than six votes in favor would have killed it. The 7-2 vote total left the final decision up to the court.
In the county’s 1992 budget approved by commissioners last month, Rheinlandcr’s salary remained unchanged from the 1991 total of $42,539. Salary officials for top elected and appointed department heads ranged from no increase to 16 percent, averaging about 5 percent. All employees on the county salary schedule, including those in die county attorney’s office, received 3-pcr-cent cost of living salary increases and were eligible for additional 2-percent merit increases.
After a presentation by Rheinlandcr and responses from each commissioner during the court’s weekly meeting, Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craig-mile moved to approve the recommendation of the citizen Salary Grievance Committee, saying the court needed to listen to what constituents on the committee said. Hts motion died for tack of a second.
In his presentation, Rheinlandcr said he believed Commissioners Court through its budgetary authority is trying to control elected officials, who should instead be responsible to the voters.
“I do not and will not recognize the authority of this body to conduct merit evaluations of elected officials," Rhein I an der said. “I do not care what you think of mc or what my office has been doing. The only merit evaluation that I care about is what happens at the polls on election day.”
Rheinlandcr said the responsibilities of the county attorney’s office have increased greatly since his election in November 1988, including County Court at Law criminal and
Operators say more insurance being arranged
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
A spokeswoman for the Preiss Heights bungee-jumping business says Bungy Over Texas will have no difficulty meeting new state insurance requirements the county is enforcing.
The recreational business, which opened July 4 on Edwards Boulevard just outside New Hraunfels, will be required within 15 days to provide a State Board of insurance cemficaie lo the county proving the business has at least $1 million in bodily injury liability insurance coverage per incident, as required under die Amusement Ride Safely and Inspection Insurance Act, said County Attorney Nathan Rheinlandcr.
The Suite Board of Insurance ruled last week that bungee jumping quail -
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By ROBERT STEWART StaN Writer
It’s official now. Bungy Over Texas was welcomed as a pan of the New Braunfels business community by the Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday evening.
About 40 people including Chamber of Commerce Chairman Manard Ivy, County Commissioner Neil Craigrnile and Shcnff Jack Bremer turned out for the party featuring barbecue catered by Gran/,in’s and live music by Mogen Dav id and the Grapes of Wrath.
Ivy introduced Susie Simpson, director of JFF Enterprises, which owns Bungy Over Texas. She thanked the crowd for coming out and introduced her staff The staff includes: Linda Meyer, manager; Daniel Meyer, J urn pin aster; Mike Zunker, jumpmasier, and David Koepp, equipment director On-site security is provided under contract by Bill and Terry Fletcher
“I would like to thank Molly Joe’s Restaurant and Abbott’* River Outfitters for their continuous support,” Simpson said.
Simpson, Ivy and Abbott then used the Chamber’s golden shears to cut a ribbon — actually a piece of cord from a bungee harness — stretched across the entrance to the bungee platform.
“Who wants lo see Manard jump?” Simpson asked the crowd.
The crowd reacted enthusiastically but Ivy declined.
Simpson said that business remains good at the site, especially on weekends. They are currently running a two-for-Tuesday special where customers receive two jumps for $40 cm Tuesdays.
“The bungee people have brought a lot of people to New Braunfels," Jane Abbott said. “They’ve really put New Braunfels on the map like the Guadalupe River hasn’t."
Bungy Over Texas joined the Chamber in early August but, due to schedul ing problems, the ribbixi-cutting ceremony was not held until Thursday, Simpson said. They arc also a member of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, she said.