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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYUnicorns host Boerne in do-or-die match - See Sports, P. 7 50 CENTS March 21, New BraunfelsHerald 410 MOI 6 10/22/99 in SO--WEST nICROPUBLISHINO E YANDELL DR L pAS0, TX 79903- 10 Pages In one section ■ Oct. 19,1993Serving Comal County ■ Home of DENNIS W. KOEPP ■ Vol. 141, No. 234 INSIDE Weather forcast.... ......2 Crossword........ .....3 Opinion.......... ......4 Sports Day....... ......7 Classifieds....... .. 8-10 STAM MITSCH Birthday wish#*! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes^anil W. Koepp, Clam Schriever, Ruben Pina, FeUx Max, Daniel BW*, Sheila Shirley (21 at), Justin Weinman, Fernando Dias, Cookie Campbell, Doris Wests* veil, Elizabeth Welsman, Steven Sehiiewer, Amanda Vetter (belated), Ray Baker, Joanna Lewis, Priscilla Schaefer, Hilmar Schell, Violet Smith. Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mrs. DaneUe Baboos (2nd), Michelle A Scott Voges (1st). Symphony Guild drawing bo nofit Members of the New Braunfels chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will begin selling raffle tickets to benefit the symphony. First prize is a round trip for two anywhere in the contiguous United States, donated by American Airlines and Rennert's Travel. Second prize is a gift certificate for SISO in merchandise from the merchants of Landmark Square. Other prizes are a night for two at the River Haus Bed and Breakfast and a Thanksgiving floral amngemeni from Weid-ne/s Flowers. Tickets are $1, or six for $5, and are available from Guild members, or at Fust Choice at Landmark Square, the Children's Museum, Benne Hardware, China K Things and the Retreat Salon. The drawing will be held Nov. 14 following the symphony concert at the Civic Center. A Taut* of Thoator to bo prosontod A Taste of Theater from Hie Dining Room" of AU. Gurney will be presented by retiring officers of the Book Review Club at its last regular meeting of the year, Tuesday, Oct. 26. Those presenting excerpts from (eh play are: Lucille Douma, Joyce Billingsley, Sue Luttrell, Nancy and Howard Schultz and Marty and Dick Weicker. The slate of officers for 1994 includes: Doris Amacher, president; Linden Anderson, vice president; Shirley Brooks treasurer, and Isabel MageL secretary. The program is at IO ajn. in the ballroom of the Senior Citizens' Center with coffee at 9:30 a.m. and short business meeting to follow the program. The public is welcome with a $2 donation per person. Sew* 'N String* program on tap The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid Texas Symphony Guild will present "Bows 'N Strings," a program for fifth graders, on Oct. 25 at 6:30 pin. at Diolinger Memorial Library. Hie program is for parents who wish their children to learn more about music. A registration will be charged and at kart one parent must be a member. For more information, call 629-1526. Stunmtisch (Th* N*w Braunfth HeraldZeUung Unit** it* reader* lo submit atm* lo Stsmmiuch. According to lh* Sophienburg Archive* end member* cf th* German community,"Stammliech" repro**** a tiding place for member* of th* community to gather and there the day'* happening*. We invite you to there with utJ Ground broken on new household waste facility By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Local officials broke ground today for the new city and county collection facility for household hazardous wastes. The building will be constructed behind Fire Station No. 2 on Loop 337 south of New Braunfels. It is expected to be completed by December. The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Dec. 4. Residents will be able to bring leftover household cleaners, paints, pesticides, used motor oil and batteries to the new collection facility. “We tend to think of hazardous waste as just something industry produces, but we have it in our. home, too. This stuff really should not be going into our municipal landfills,** said New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn. “We want everyone in the county to start saving up old deanera, prints and pesticides. Box them up and bring them in on Dec. 4.** Friesenhahn is the local manager for the program. Board members directing the overall effort are Mayor Rudy Seidel, Precinct #4 Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab, County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann and New Braunfels Chief Phil Baker. The new 30 by 90 foot building will house office space, a utility area, a 2,000 gallon used oil tank and areas for sorting, packaging and preparing the materials for transport. The project is partially funded by a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Laidlaw Environmental Services, the world's second largest manager of hazardous wastes, has the contract to collect, trets and otherwise manage die wastes collected. According to Laidlaw, some things, like paint will be recycled while others will be disposed of at Lakflawfs disposal facility nearHourton. . submitted photo (From loft) Vlckl Huddleston of Laidlaw Waste Managment, Fire Chief Phil Baker, Mayor Rudy Sledel, County Judge Cart or Casteel, city councllperson Jan Kennady, city councilman Chria Bowers, and County Fire Marshal Milton Wllman breek ground on a new city and county household hazardous waste facility to be located behind Fire Station No. 2 on Loop 337. Salary info released by Purdum By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Harald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Leadership New Braunfels retreat David Nigh was passed through a web by his Leadership New Braunfels classmates during an exercise conducted by Leadership New Braunfels at their annual retreat this past weekend. (From left) Jon Tillman, John Mathis, Roger Biggers, Cheryl Duvall, Beverly Glacolettl, Gloria Sasser, Ray Schoch, Bob Rambo and Bill Blggadlke participate In the exercise._ Decision to release salary information draws mixed reactions from officials By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Area officials showed mixed reactions on the decision by Tom Purdum, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president, to disclose his salary. Purdum released his salary Monday after a meeting with the Chamber board. “I am certainly surprised Mr. Purdum and the board of directors have finally decided to come forward and give a dollar value,** said District 4 Council member Paul Fraser. 'The question now is what are the perks. In a town this size that (salary) is extravagant,” he said. Fraser said he would still Uke to know the amount spent on Purdum's benefits, such as health, automobile and retirement and would like an accounting of the salaries for other employees at the chamber. "I also find it interesting he made comments about the Open Meetings Act. As long as they receive that kind of money that is citizen tax money I am of the opinion that they are subject to the Open Meeting Act and Open Records Act,** he said. The chamber is expected to present a budget for the hotel/motel tax use in November. "It will be interesting,*' said Fraser. "I expect more penetrating questions will be asked this year than in the part.'* City Council Member Jan Kennady said she was glad Purdum has released his salary. "I don’t see any reason for him not to,” What people don’t understand Is that It’s a private organization.’ - Doug Miller Chamber board member Tom Purdum she said. "I think the Chamber of Commerce does a good job with the hotel/motel tax. We get a good return on what is spent here. I have no big hang ups about what everybody there makes," she said. District 2 City Council Member Dan Bremer said he hopes this wiU appease some of those who have been asking for Purdum’s salary. "I appreciate that he put that information out there. Most people would consider it personal business," he said Bremer said he did not think any other salaries of chamber staff members should be released "lf he's at the top of the list, I don’t know what more they are looking for. It is not a public entity. It's not a city or county government. He wert beyond the call of duty," he said Chamber board member Doug Miller said the push for the release of Purdum's salary was motivated by jealousy. "All over the state, places I've been, anyone associated with chamber recognizes Tom Purdum — people from the governor’s office on down... It’s simple jealousy. They are jealous of the man’s success." Miller said he did not believe Purdum should have had to release his salary. "What people don’t understand is that it's a private organization. The board sets Tom's salary at what it feels is appropriate for his 28 years experience and leadership skills,’ he said. Miller said the chamber is under a contractual arrangement with the city. He questioned if that means that other entities who receive tax dollars and do business with the city should have to release their employees’ salaries. County Judge Carter Casteel said the release of salaries was discussed last year, aswell. "No matter what the chamber has been able to do, it is something everybody is hung up on,” she said. "People in the private sector are not used to revealing their salary information. If you think about it does anybody who does business with the city have to reveal their salary?" she said Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum receives an annual salary of $75,000, according to a letter sera by Purdum to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The disclosure was made in light of a recent survey question published by the Herald-Zeitung and a continuing push by area officials. According to a letter sent to Herald, Purdum’s salary is $75,000, with $48,000 of that coming from the Convention and Visitors Bureau which is funded by hotel/motel taxes. The letter states, "The Chamber is a private organization and not subject to the open meeting or open records laws but the misinformation published and spread "word-of-mouth” has caused me to give up some of my privacy in order to dispel erroneous conclusions. I work for experienced business and professional people of the highest integrity. Their financial generosity and their willingness to give their valuable time to the betterment of this community should be praised Purdum said he has received salary increases since he first began working for the chamber. His starting salary in 1961 was $7,000, he said. In addition to his base salary he also has a retirement plan, medical insurance and a car to be used for chamber business. The New Braunfels Chamber has 1,100 members. According to statistics from the Texas Chamber of Commerce, other chambers of the same size operate on budgets of $500,000 and the average executive salary is $55,000. However, these chambers do not receive funds from hotel/motel tax revenues and do not operate the Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus. Another survey of local chambers, conducted in 1993, showed the average salary to be $73,339. Of the 33 chambers reporting, the highest salary was $112,357 and the lowest was $45,000. New Braunfels Qty Council Member James Goodbread spearheaded the effort to have chamber salaries released. "It's really not the amount. It’s been requested for years. Why did he (Purdum) wait so long?" said Goodbread Goodbread said he was working toward having a more complete accounting of the uses of the hotel/motel taxes. He said the fight to have them released has continued for at least five years. "I just wanted them to make a complete accounting of every cent of the tax money. That information should be available to any chamber member. You shouldn’t have to be a city council member,” he said Purdum said he did not see a reason to release other salaries. “The question is are they getting their doUara worth,” he said "Our budget broke the salaries down in the same categories as the city budget,” he said When asked if he felt Purdum's salary was too high, Goodbread compared the salary to that of the New Braunfels city manager. The city manager is paid $66,306 and is responsible for 240 fUll-time employees and 60 part-time employees. Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Mqjor makes $76,500; New Braunfels General Manager Bob Sohn makes $75,530. Purdum is responsible for 11 employees. His duties include motivating, recruiting, advising and counseling volunteers and chamber members, working with industry development and overseeing the total economic and community development in New Braunfels. He also oversees the convention and visitors bureau. He said his time working on that avenges 60 to 65 percent in past years. The city funds from hotel/motel tax still fell short of what is needed, according to Purdum. "There is still a shortfall of $62,000. We’ve still had to put money from the general fond into it It (hotel/motel tax) still will not cover total costs.. .The city is getting some services free,” he said. 'Continually people are saying this is the taxpayers’dollars. The revenue on the room tax generally comes from visitors,” he said. Purdum said he decided to release his salary because of misinformation that had been releasedFor news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144 ;