New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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October 17, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 237
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Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY
of Pedro S. Martinez Sr.
One Section, 12 Pages
Adding details to his decorated gingerbread man — with the help of bigger hands — is Austin Wendell, 3. Assisting the youngster with his project is Louise Nelson of the Children’s Musuem in New Braunfels. The facility is gearing up for its Bestfest for Families, running Nov. 2*10 during local Wurstfest festivities. For details, call the museum at 620-0939 (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeilung wishes “happy birthday” today to George Rodrigue/., Nora Rodriguez, Pedro M. Martinez Sr., Adeline Schmidt, Sarah J. Lopez, Jessica M. Carver, Joshua Whitmire, Dcmctrio “Tito” Chavez, Eddie Cruz Jr. and Lynda Campbell.
Belated birthday wishes to Joseph Barbour.
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.
Trail of homes
The public is invited to visit Canyon Lake on Oct. 19 and 20 for the third annual Trail of Homes Tour to be presented by the Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library from 1-5 p.m. each day. Six homes arc one the tour — one is an historical restoration. All of the homes on the lour are on the south side of the lake, off Famt-to-Markel 2673. Advance tickets may be purchased at the library and at Victoria Bank and Trust, both located on FM 2673 in Saltier. On tour days, the library will be open to serve refreshments and lo have tickets and maps available. A donation for the lour is $7.50. All proceeds will go into the operating budget of the library.
The lake Dunlap Area Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual barbecue Saturday, Oct. 19 from 4-11 p.m. al lite American
Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll in New Braunfels. Barbecue plates arc $4 for adult and $3 for a child. Auction begins at 6 p.m.; raffle at 7:15 p.m. and a dance beginning al 7:30 p.m. with Johnny Pfcil and Grucncs Crossing Band.
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department has begun a new fall tennis program at the Solm’s Park HEB Courts. The new schedule is: Children 12-16, Thursdays al 4 p.m.; Ladies group lessons, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Seniors over 50, Tuesdays at 10:15 am.; and private lessons by appointment. Cost is $5 per lesson. Call 620-PLAY for more information.
Walnut Avenue from Lee Street to Stonewall will be closed Friday, Oct. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for street repairs. Walnut Avenue from U.S. 81 to San Antonio Street will be closed Monday, Od. 21 from 7:30 to 4:30 p.m. for street repairs.
A benefit for Susan Hughes, who has been diagnosed with cancer, will be Sunday, Oct. 20 from 4-10 p.m. at Eagles Hall in Saltier. A fish fry and barbecue will kick off the evening of music, dancing and an auction.
The New Braunfels High School Band Basters Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at S** STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2
Herald offers spirit banners for local teams
Do you want to cheer the home team? Or show the rivals across the stadium your true colors? Let the New Braunfels Iterald-Zeitung help you flag your favorites with a free “spirit banner."
The “extra” is designed to corral the Comal County spirit in time for Friday night football games.
The “spirit banners” arc printed in school colors and feature the team names from each of Comal County’s three high schools — New Braunfels High School Unicorns, Canyon High School Cougars and Smithson Valley High School Rangers. Each is backed with the names of the sponsoring advertisers and a schedule of area football games.
The banners — a limited mn of 250 for each team — arc available at die schools or the Herald building during regular hours on Friday. The newspaper’s office hours arc 8 a.in. to 5:30 p.m.
Council makes severance deal
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Several loose ends remaining from the recent turmoil at New Braunfels City Hall may be tied up Friday when the City Council is scheduled to approve a severance settlement with the former city manager and discuss extra compensation for the interim city manager.
But election of a new mayor and the hiring of a permanent city manager will wait at least a little longer.
After meeting behind closed doors for three hours Monday night, the council unanimously accepted the resignations of City Manager Paul Groh-man and Mayor James Goodbrcad, apparently the first step in ending a divisive monthlong council dispute.
The city intends to make public a counci I-approved severance settlement with Grohman after an executive session during a 5 p.m. special meeting Friday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room, City Attorney Barry Moore said.
Though city officials so far have declined to release specific details of the proposed settlement, Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. has said it includes severance pay and insurance and retirement benefits until Grohman finds new employment, but not the purchase of his New Braunfels home.
"I think the citizens have the right to know everything, but in this case the matter is delicate,” Chapa said Wednesday evening. “Once the entire council agrees to release the information, it will be released at that point in time.
‘'That’s about as much as I can say. For other comment, I would suggest you contact City Attorney Barry Moore," he said.
Council Members Clinton Brand! and Paul Fraser, both contacted by telephone, also said they could not comment on the agreement.
“At this point, I cannot comment on that particular matter,” Brandt said.
Fraser said, “It is not completed document, and so I cannot respond. I don’t think the public needs to know before we’ve dotted the ‘i’s and crossed the Vs because it’s not a completed agreement until that time.” The New Braunfels Hcrald-Zeitung on Wednesday morning Filed a written request with Moore for release of the proposed agreement for today's newspaper.
Thursday morning, Moore said details could not be released before the meeting because the agreement was still under negotiation. The ongoing discussions to put the agreement into writing involved Ken Brazle, Grohman’s New Braunfels attorney, Moore said.
“You can’t really release what you’re going to talk about beforehand. That’s just the nature of settlements,’’ Moore said. “I understand (the newspaper’s) position, but I’m looking at it from a lawyer’s point of view, and that’s just the way things arc done on settlements.”
After an executive session discussion with interim City Manager Hector Tamayo, council members also are
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You have right to know what’s in that agreement
What is it your City Council doesn’t want you to know until it is too late?
New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbrcad and City Manager Paul Grohman both resigned last Monday. (Goodbread will remain a member of the council, he just won’t be the mayor anymore.)
Those resignations came after a long and bitter round of mudslinging that divided not only the council, but the community.
And it obviously was not coincidental that the two principal combatants decided simultaneously to resign.
Some sort of agreement led to those resignations.
That agreement is to be formalized Friday evening at yet another in a long siring of emergency and special meetings of the council.
This newspaper has requested a copy of that agreement as it stands now.
We believe the residents of New Braunfels have a right to know about it and react to it before it is written in stone. We believe the residents whose tax dollars will fund that agreement have a right to let their elected representatives know exactly how they feel about that agreement before it is loo late for their opinions to have any effect.
No, say council members and other city officials.
The agreement will be made public after it is adopted, they say.
It is “too delicate” to expose to the light of public scrutiny.
Until it is formally adopted — and perhaps even after? — it is to remain shrouded in secrecy.
ITic city manager had a severance agreement with the city. It spelled out some very specific benefits he was to receive should he and the city elect to part ways prior to the fulfilling of his contract.
That agreement was a very generous one.
But as he and the mayor traded broadsides over the past month, we have been told, the manager attempted to negotiate an even better severance package.
Was he successful? And if so. how successful?
Right now, most of us don’t know.
Right now, the answer is hidden.
Our elected officials haven’t decided it’* time for us to know yet.
Don’t worry about it, they seem to be telling us. Everything will be OK. We’ll bandle it. Just relax.
Would that we could.
Bul having just suffered through a month when the council’s ineptitude made usa joke throughout the state, that’s a pretty tough pill to swallow.
Most of us would really like to know what’s going on before we become the victims again, please.
Grohman not selected for Temple, Tyler jobs
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Temple City Council is scheduled lo officially hire a North Carolina resident as its city manager during a Nov. 7 meeting.
Former New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman, who resigned Monday, was one of 14 finalists for the post. Grohman confirmed in late August dial he had applied for the vacant city manager job in Temple and also for one in Tyler, news that surprised former Mayor James Goodbrcad and several City Council members.
Grohman, who along widi Goodbrcad resigned Monday, did not make the list of finalists for die Tyler position, according to Ben Blair, city of Tyler personnel director. Blair said he was unaware of any controversy at New Braunfels City Hall and dial such an issue did not factor into selection of finalists, which was based only
on experience and qualifications. The Tyler City Council just completed interviewing the finalists and should soon announce a decision, he said Thursday.
Late Tuesday evening, Temple Mayor Dennis Hobbs announced plans to hire David R. Taylor, 54, president and chief executive officer of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and former city manager of Chapel Hill, N.C. Taylor will be paid $89.(XX) a year, about $20,000 more than the previous manager.
Hobbs, in a telephone interview Wednesday, said the recent turmoil at New Braunfels City Hall had no effect on the decision in Temple. The council there had completed interviewing the finalisui and had begun negotiating with Taylor before news of the local dispute reached there, Hobbs said.
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WORD stalls Walls’ resignation
Sunny conditions throughout util Texas unlay should yield a jh of about 88-90 degrees, with overnight low near 59 forecast, cool front is expected in lite area turday, bringing slightly lower operatives highs in die HOs d lows in die 50s — but no ance for rain. For more on wealh-conditions, see Page 2.
By GREG MEFFORD Spacial to th* H*rald-Z*Hung
The board of directors of Comal County's Water Oriented Recreation District Wednesday night postponed acceptance of Administrator Betty Walls’ resignation, citing hope she might return to work in the near future.
Walls, who has served as WORD’S administrator since February 1989, resigned in a letter delivered a week ago to Dr. John Landry, district chairman. The resignation reportedly contained a personal letter to Landry, detailing Walls’ reasons for stepping down.
Landry reported that the board will negotiate for the return of the administrator, who was not present at the meeting, and is not yet prepared to accept the resignation.
“We’ve been in touch with Mrs. Walls and she has agreed to talk to us to see if she’ll change her mind about resigning,” Landry said.
The task of negotiating the admini
strator’s possible return was directed to an ad-hoc committee composed of directors Fred Moos, Harry Heimer and Landry.
Walls agreed to meet with the committee next week, following a discussion with Moos, Landry said. Details of what the district might offer Walls lo return were not discussed.
Susy Simpson, a representative of Bungy Over Texas, questioned the board about Walls decision to resign but got no answers.
“She gave me one (reason for leaving), but I’m to going to reveal it this evening," Landry said. "It was in a personal letter to me. She was fed up with a lot of people, me included.
“So don’t feel like you were the only one," Landry told Simpson, who had dealt with Walls regarding reg ulation of the bungec-jumpmg business.
Canyon Lake resident Lois Duggan addressed the board briefly to enter several items in the public record, referring to research conducted into
the district's policies.
After reviewing the district's Policy and Operating Manual, prepared for the Comal County Commissioners Court by HRL Associates of Houston, Duggan charged that language in the document doesn’t provide for an administrator unless a district director makes an appointment to die position.
“Who is the director? Where is the control?” Duggan asked, again questioning the legality of the district and its actions.
In a separate matter, Duggan charged the commissioners court with negligence in protecting the board of directors, following a query by outfitter Jane Abbott on the status of the district’s Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy.
According to Duggan and Abbott, the insurance provided through the county government by the Texas Association of Counties applies only to entities budgeted by the county.
WORD currently receives no funding from the county government,
Duggan said, adding that the county has “no grounds" for providing district coverage through the TAC policy, items of which she claimed the commissioners’ coun has had full knowledge.
Duggan called the commissioners' alleged actions “unacceptable,” describing them as a "backdoor approach" to solving the problem. Members of the board said die issued would be explored.
In other business, the board:
• Met with members of the Canyon Lake Area Economic Development Council, which requested $800 for signs relating to lake area beautification projects.
• Met with members of the Village West Boat Dock Committee, who requested up to $1,400 in additional monies for a repair project the beard agreed last month to fund. The issue was referred to a committee.
• Partially approved a contract with
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