New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, October 6, 1991
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South Texas forecasts
TODAY-MONDAY: Skies north and partly to mostly cloudy south through Monday. Scattered showers Sunday over the south. Cool nights and mild days. Lows from 40s in the Hill Country to 50s north, and 60s extreme south. Highs Sunday in the 70s, mostly 80s on Monday.
A cool front brought rain to South Texas when low temperatures mixed with hot air from the Gulf of Mexico Saturday. More than an inch fell as showers persisted all day.
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191 cfs (down 11)
...903.83 feet (down .02)
Highs were in the 70s, 20 degrees lower than Friday’s temperatures. Winds whipped the region at 30 mph.
West Texas had sunny skies with varied winds of up to 15 mph. Highs were near 70. Lows dipped to the upper 30s.
North Texas was cool and dry except for a few high clouds. North to northeasterly reached 15 mph. Gusty winds reached 20 mph in central and cast North Texas.
Sunny skies are forecast for West Texas through Monday. Lows arc expected in the 40s with highs in the 70s, reaching the mid-80s in the Big Bend river valleys.
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The dispute involving the city manager that divided the council heated up during a four-hour executive session on Sept. ll, after which the council voted 4-3 to retain the services of City Manager Paul Grohman. During die executive session, the council interviewed city department heads and employees about the allegations.
Council members voting in favor of Grohman were Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa and council members Bill AmoH, Clinton Brandt and Loraine Kraft. Mayor James Goodbread and council members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser voted against Grohman.
Grohman said he had requested the Sept. 11 meeting in an attempt to put the matter to rest, but the issue was far from settled.
Several of the council members supponing Grohman later expressed disappointment with the way the mayor withheld information from some council members but shared it with others after an investigation to verify allegations against Grohman from a
A Sept. 14 emergency meeting called by Chapa, Brandt, Arnold and Kraft to remove and replace the mayor fell one member shy of the five needed for a quorum to conduct business.
Another executive session attended by the full council, this time lasting three hours, followed on Sept. 30. The council unanimously voted to hire an outside firm to investigate allegations of improper conduct against the city manager and all council members. The council also set Monday’s meeting to decide on the investigator and the scope of the probe.
In a written statement to the New Braunfels Herald'Zeitung Saturday, responding to comments by the mayor published last week, Grohman said Goodbread, Fraser and Seidel are hiding behind the guise of saving taxpayer money when in reality they don’t want to face an investigation on charter, moral and ethical violations.
“By seeking an outside law enforcement agency who can only investigate
illegal acts, they avoid the aforementioned allegations as well as slow the entire process that will continue doing damage to not only my reputation, but also to the entire New Braunfels community,” Grohman wrote.
“We must have a comprehensive and timely investigation that leaves no stones unturned. I am not afraid of the truth coming out so I believe we should not limit our investigation, but ensure the public gets the truth ... A loose reading of the statements from the council of three would have one believe they are the only council members City Council authorized to be investigated, when in fact, City Council voted on Sept. 30,1991, to investigate not only myself but also the entire City Council. The integrity and wisdom of the other four council members shows not only courage and a willingness to get to the truth, but also their conviction that neither they nor I have done anything wrong.”
In the letter Grohman also referred to the polygraph test he recently took
and passed at his own expense, noting that the licensed operator had more than 25 years of experience. “It is ludicrous to think that a man who depended on his license as a livelihood would lie for a man who he had never met before,” Grohman said. He went on to challenge Goodbread, Seidel and Fraser to take lie-detector tests of their own.
“The council of three has shown a keen interest in being more involved in day-to-day operations of the city, which is clearly outside our charter and our form of government,” Grohman wrote. “This type of policy board involvement in day-to-day operations historically have meant one thing — higher cost with lower service.
“I am known to be a very strong-willed manager who will not allow council interference with employees trying to do their jobs. If I were out of their way, they could indeed try to hire a manager who would allow their interference and involvement in day-to-day operations.”
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people have all the facts for their side. They interpret the facts differently,” Schima said.
Former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller said he hopes the city resolves the issues quickly and returns to the business of taking care of residents here.
“Any type of controversy is unfortunately seen as a negative reflection on the city, even though it may sometimes be necessary,” Miller said.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel, also a former member and president of the Comal Independent School District board of trustees, said disagreements are common between elected officials and their administrations.
“As long as those disagreements and arguments are handled on a professional level, without getting into personalities and personal attacks, then that’s a normal course of conduct,” Casteel said. “But when you get into the boxing ring without the gloves and anything goes, then I think it is detrimental to the community’s moral fabric as well as its economic outlook.
“And if those personal attacks continue over a period of time, it can be devastating. It’s important for governmental leaders to resolve issues on a professional level so they can get on with the business of providing services to the community,” she said.
Retired New Braunfels attorney J.C. Reagan — a member of the 1991
New Braunfels Charter Review Committee studying, among other things, City Council and mayoral election systems — said the dispute seems out of character for New Braunfels, adding that he strongly disapproves of airing the controversy through the San Antonio media.
“If I had anything to do with it. I’d say it’s time for cooler heads to prevail, and for all of the people who have been playing it to the media just to shut up and let the investigation go on. Let’s clear the air and get back to business and quit the politicking and the grandstanding,”he said.
“I’m afraid we’ve had some grand-standing going on. We’ve had some one-issue candidates whose sole purpose for serving is getting rid of Lafarge,” Reagan said. “And the city is much bigger than a one-issue community. We’ve got our kids to worry about, we’ve got other problems, and we’ve got a way of life that we need to preserve that is more than just being anti-Larfarge.”
Reagan said the dispute won’t affect the charges of the Charter Review Committee, which will make its recommendations independent of the personalties on the City Council.
One of the most important topics the committee is studying is allowing citizens to elect the mayor at-large, instead of the council continuing to name one of its members as mayor.
Newborns get early jump on reading
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Each new mother at McKenna Memorial Hospital receives an educational children’s book to introduce the newborn to reading. But there’s no quiz to test the baby’s knowledge before release from the maternity ward, even though a local teachers organization supplies the free books.
Through its project, “Books for the Newborn,” the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma — an international society of women educators dedicated to community service, professional development and social activities — promotes early childhood education, said Bonnie Leitch, chapter president and head of the New Braunfels High School math department.
“The local chapter is supposed to do something to further education,” Leitch said. "The goal is to make sure that every baby bom at our hospital is presented with a book, along with a little brochure that tells the mother where to get other books and how to use the library.
“It really is the kind of thing that, as women educators, we are really interested in because every statistical result that I’ve seen suggests that if children read or are exposed to books before they go to school, they’ll be
Janey De La Garza and her new baby, Siobhain Jennie Martinez, receive an educational book from Cynthia Buryanek, assistant head nurse in the McKenna Memorial Hospital maternity department. (Photo by Mark Warnken)
better off all the way through school,” Leitch said.
Cynthia Buryanek, assistant head nurse in McKenna’s maternity department, said the hospital gave the gifts
to all the mothers of the 650 babies bom at the hospital last year. The
simple books, which teach about such subjects as the alphabet or counting, have no strings attached, she said.
“They are simple and easy little books, and they are all different,” Buryanek said. “Hopefully, the parent will sit down with the book and read to the child. If there are other children at home, they see the book, and parents can take the time to read with them, also.
“We are involved in the total child. We’re interested in that child later. It doesn’t stop at birth. We’ll see these kids again,” Buryanek said, explaining why the hospital wanted to be involved.
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