New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Council members also agreed to cover premiums of Grohman’s and his family’s comprehensive medical insurance plan through Nov. 30, 1992, or until he receives full medical coverage through other city employment. No cost estimates were included with this provision of the settlement.
By signing the document, both parties also agreed not to pursue future legal action against the other for wrongful termination, due process violations, civil rights violations, first amendment violations or defamation of character.
“I’m convinced it’s in the best interests of the city and citizens,” Fraser said
before casting the vote that made it unanimous.
After signing the agreement, several council members agreed with Fraser that the settlement was best for the city.
“This was the best way to keep everybody happy with no lawsuits,” Arnold said. “It will be to the best interests of our city. We don’t like the things that happened.”
Kraft said the council carefully weighed the cost of the settlement against the possibility of future lawsuits.
“We had to consider all the alternatives, some of them being lawsuits which are so destructive,” she said.
“I think what we did tonight was something that we had to do. We need to get back together and get to work,” she said. “We had worked at this for so many weeks,’and there just seemed to be no end to it. Sometimes you just have to put things to bed and start over.”
Seidel said he’s glad the council is again united.
“It’s going to cost us some, but it could have been much worse,” Seidel said. “I feel like we did the best we possibly could. We worked at it long and hard.”
Chapa said it’s again time to focus on the city’s future.
“Some of us made mistakes, but we don’t want to dwell on them. It’s time to move on,” Chapa said. “Under the circumstances, it was the best possible way, and it was a unanimous decision by the council. The two gentlemen agreed to step down in the best interests of the city, and it’s time to get the city back on the right track.”
No definite plans or time frame have been set concerning the hiring of a permanent city manager, Chapa said.
“At the current time, there is no time frame. (Interim City Manager) Hector Tamayo is our city manager, and he will be serving in that capacity. The entire council has confidence in his abilities. We don’t plan to advertise any time soon.”
Asked if the council planned to delay hiring a permanent manager because of the settlement’s costs, Chapa said that isn’t a factor because the city has the necessary personnel.
“Some people will say we’ll miss Fwd Grohman, and some people will say that we’re glad he’s gone, but it’s not time to go back and discuss that. We feel that we can get through with the personnel that we have, and the City Council is united on this issue,” he said.
The council plans to elect a new mayor during the regular Oct. 28 meeting.
Council Member Bill Arnold looks over the agreement signed with former City Manager Paul Grohman. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
City veteran to consider top post
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Last week was special for interim New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo. Not only did he answer his second call to lead the city administration, but Tamayo also celebrated his 20th anniversary as a city of New Braunfels employee.
Tamayo, 59, has served as assistant city manager since 1977 under four city managers, most recently working for Paul Grohman, who resigned last Monday. He joined the city staff as admini- Tamayo strative assistant to the city manager on Oct. 19, 1971.
Tamayo, a Lockhart nan ve who has called New Braunfels home since 1955, first served as interim city manager for about four months in 1988. That time, he not only added die duties of city manager to his assistant city manager’s responsibilities, but he also served as finance director — during budget time.
This time, he’s glad he will wear only the two management hats and that he doesn’t have to worry about
budget planning for awhile. Plus, the city’s sanitation department is much more well-equipped this lime around.
Tamayo said he expects the qualified professionals undier him to again help the city through die transition period.
“We do have an excellent stall and people who know their business and are willing and quite capable of per
forming their duties,” Tamayo said.
Although he did apply for the city manager’s position one time before, he’s not yet sure whether he will seek the job permanently this time.
“lf I do want to consider it, I will have to get some feedback to see how the council feels about it,” Tamayo said, “lf I don’t sec that they are favoring mc, I won’t even bother them. If I see that they like what I’m doing and I can gel at least four votes,
I would consider it."
As far as what he plans to accomplish as interim city manager, he said he hasn’t had much time to dunk about it during the past week, much of which was spent in meetings with department heads who had reported to Grohman. such as the police and fire departments, the parks department and the library.
As assistant city manager, Tamayo supervised about 50 employees and was responsible for the sanitation
department, service center, golf course and airport. Now he’s supervising all 230 city employees.
On Friday, the council voted to add 51,000 per month in salary and expense allowance during the interim to Tamayo’s current 546,000 annual salary. But just how long this “interim" will be, Tamayo said he couldn’t speculate.
“lf I’ve learned one thing in 20 years, it’s not to second-guess the council," he said.
Before Tamayo joined the city staff, he retired with 20 years of admi-msiranvc and personnel expencncc in the Air Force and collected educational credits from different colleges near
Sa# TAMAYO, Pag* 2ASettlement ends city controversy
Vol. 139, No. 239
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council on Friday approved a settlement with former City Manager Paul Grohman that includes an immediate 525,000 payment and IO $6,250 monthly payments.
Council members publicly approved the severance settlement following a 45-minute executive session behind closed doors in the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room.
The agreement behind Grohman’s and Mayor James Goodbread’s simultaneous resignations on Monday included the settlement, approved unanimously by Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and council members Clinton Brandt, Loraine Kraft, Rudy Seidel, Bill Arnold and Paul Fraser. Good bread did not anend the meeting.
The city also agreed to pay monthly installments of $527.78 toward Grohman’s retirement plan for up to 36 months or until Grohman begins to receive Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) coverage from another municipality. This provision could cost the city a maximum of $19,000 more, which means that, at most, Grohman could receive $106,500 in severance pay and retirement benefits.dock gun attracts interest at show
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Austrian made Glock handguns attracted a lot of attention at the Texas Gun and Knife Association’s show at the New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday.
“They’re really popular right now,” said Betty S chi cr of Buzzard’s Guns in Alvin. “Everybody has been coming up lo me and asking what I would take in trade. But what they have to offer I don’t want.”
She added that the Glock was the “in” thing to have right now.
“They are real popular with law enforcement,” she said.
The 9mm Glock sells for $579.95, but for the gun show, Schier was having a sale with any
Glock going for $449. Also available at the Buzzard booth was a Glock 10mm and a Glock .45 caliber. The latter two weapons normally sell for $638.49 but were also $449 at the show.
“There are 17 bullets in a clip and they make some that hold two extra,” said Carl Schier, Betty’s son. “There are some that stick out (the bottom) that hold 30 rounds.” Betty Schier said that the 10mm version is “like getting two in one because you can use a regular load or an FBI load (for greater firepower).”
People should not condemn the Glock because of the recent tragedy in Killeen, she said. A gunman killed 22 people at a cafeteria in Killeen last week using
Gun enthusiasts turned out for the annual gun show at the Civic Center Saturday. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
a Glock gun.
‘The gun didn’t do it, the guy behind the gun did it,” a passing customer said.
The show continues through 6 p.m. Sunday. Featured aie a wide variety of guns, knives and assorted items.
Tone could create jobs
fen a move to create an enterprise that could increase jobs spur investments in the city — New Braunfels City Council act a Public hearing on [Monday.
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mem of Commerce, the purpose of rn enterprise zone is to create jobs and spur investments in areas af economic distress To accomplish these goals, special, local and state incentives may be provided within these areas to encourage business retention, expansion or start-up.
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A small portion of the proposed lone in New Braunfels contains the area east of Common Street between the Comal, River to the south and the Guadalupe River to the north. Eighty percent of the zone is basically north of Oru^ne Road on both sides of the Common Street extension and north of Ptan-to-Markct306.
“A business In order to
Ferguson named ME
Tile city editor of die New Braunfels Net ald-Zeitun/i *liLS been promoted to managing editor of the newspaper, announced David Sullcns, editor and publisher.
Stephanie Ferguson, 26, assumes the position immediately.
In 1988 Ferguson joined the llerald-Zeitung as a staff writer. She covered Conral County Commissioners Court, district and county courts, city of New Braunfels,
Comal County Sheriff’s Office,
New Braunfels Ferguson Police Department
and the Comal Appraisal District.
During tins time she was recognized by The Associated l*rcss Managing Editor’s Association of Texas for an in-depth scries on child support.
Ferguson later joined The Denison Herald, a daily newspaper in North Texas, as a staff writer and weekend editor.
She returned to die Herald Veilunx in 1990 as news editor and was later promoted lo city edi tor.
She began her journalism career al The Huntsville Item in Huntsville, Texas as a staff writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in 1987.
She is a member of die New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club.
Ferguson is replacing Janine Green, who is moving lo the Dallas area.Best wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Gus Dugger, Clara Schriewer, Grace Timmcrmann, Timothy Aguirre, Lazaro Luna, the Rev. Darrell Higgins, Clara Schriewer, John Amaro and Henry Silva.
“Happy birthday” Monday, Paulette Ortiz.
Belated birthday wishes to Savanah Barbo/a, Lillian P. Socchling, Xavier Tristan, Bobby Tristan Jr., Nick Luna. Aiulrea Caslillija. George Robinson, Socorro Vela and Lazaro Luna.
“Happy anniversary” today to Xavier and Susie Gaytan.
Belated anniversary wishes to Bryan and Beverly Elbcl.
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.Volunteer orientation
American Red Cross Volunteer orientation will he at McKenna Memorial Hospital’s second floor
conference room on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the hospital or at the Red Cross office or a nursing home arc asked lo call 625-9764 or 625-3260.Child care conference
A child care training conference designed for individuals who work with pre school age children is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 in New Braunfels ai Scele Hall at First Protestant Church. The conference is sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and First l*rotcsiam Church Day Kindergarten. Registration will, begin at 8:30 a.m. The conference begins at 9 a.m. For more information call 625-9178.Young woman of year
Any high school junior girl interested in learning more about the New Braunfels Young Woman of the Year Scholarship Program is invited, along with her parents, lo attend a meeting on Wednesday,
Sa* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2AGood Day
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