New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
On the receiving end of a report card, the Comal Independent School district earned an 87 percent for implementing suggestions made in a performance review from the state comptroller’s office.
A year after outlining 114 ways to improve management aud operations in CISD, representatives from State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander’s office reported Thursday that 66 had been implemented and 33 were partially completed.
“We’ve still got some things to
work on. It’s our intent... to keep (the report) in the forefront,” Superintendent Jerry Major said.
The district got its highest marks for implementing changes to improve transportation within its boundaries, educational service delivery and technology.
The lowest scores dealt with how the district manages purchasing and distribution, asset and risk management and personnel and financial management.
The Texas Schools Performance Review, a division of Rylander’s office, has studied the management and operations of 45 school districts in Texas since
1991. Betty Ressel manages the comptroller’s Texas School Performance Review program. She released the report on the comptroller’s behalf Thursday.
Ressel described it as a top to bottom review of everything a district does.
“It’s very comprehensive,” she said. “Unlike a financial audit that just looks at the books, or a curriculum audit that just looks at the curriculum, we ask, ‘How do they allocate resources?’” “Every district in the state will not get a review,” Ressel said. “It’s taken us almost IO years toSee CISD/5A
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By Ron Maloney Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital and Hill Country Medical Associates will continue their relationships with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas as in-network providers of health care services.
In a jointly prepared statement
issued late Thursday,afternoon, McKenna Memorial Hospital and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas announced that on Wednesday, the board of the only hospital in New Braunfels had accepted an offer made by Blue Cross on Oct. 19. Hill Country Medical Associates reached a similar agreement late last week.
Both sides declined to comment beyond the written statement, but McKenna Health System President/CEO Tim Brierty said he had not gotten everything he would have liked.
“This agreement will provide a greater benefit to the hospital and will assist us in our fiduciary respon
sibility to protect the long-term viability of quality healthcare for everyone in our community,” Brierty said. “Although the agreement does not meet all the needs of McKenna, we felt it was important to find a compromise and take small steps toward a future resolution. The agreement
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McKenna, Blue Cross reach accord
Subdivision regs headed for rewrite
Proposed regs draw criticism from water suppliers
By Ron Maloney
Comal County’s proposed subdivision regulations are headed back to the drawing board after Thursday’s public hearing.
Local officials, developers and water utilities representatives packed the com-missioners’ courtroom to hear comments about the current draft of the regulations.
After the two hour meeting, County Judge Danny Scheel said the county would take the comments into consideration as it redrafted the rules.
He also promised the court would conduct another public hearing before adopting any new subdivision rules.
The new rules will make the availability of water a condition of subdivision approval. According to the 1997 Senate Bill I, counties can require developers to certify that enough water is available to serve proposed subdivisions.
Commissioners appointed a 13-member waterwise committee to study water and other growth-related issues. The committee includes water purveyors, water authority representatives, developers and others interested in Comal County's water.
Comal County also approved new on-site sewage facility guidelines, which are awaiting Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission approval.
In the coming months, the county will look at drainage and impervious cover regulations.
The entire package, Scheel said, is designed to protect the county’s water supply.
County Counsel Nathan Rheinlan-der and County Engineer Tom Homseth opened Thursday’s hearing with a presentation on state laws and regulations. They explained that counties in Priority Groundwater Management Areas have authority to protect their water supplies. In 1990, the state declared the Trinity Aquifer in Comal County a priority groundwater management area.
Hornseth said, “I think the core issue that runs through this whole thing is the responsibility to make sure we’re not exceeding the safe sustainable yield of the county’s water supply, and we have a limited water supply.”
Representatives from New Braunfels Utilities and the Canyon Lake Water Supply Company told commissioners the proposed rules would not work for them.
Among their concerns was a requirement for a developer to build in advance all infrastructure for a subdivision's full build out. County staff agreed to drop that requirement
NBU assistant general manager Roger Biggers also commented on a rule affecting the water suppliers. The rules, if adopted, would require the supplier to certify that enough water is available not only for the proposed subdivision but also full build-out of the supplier's service
For NBU, that would include all of New Braunfels, its extra-territorial jurisdiction and any land the city annexes, Biggers said.
He told commissioners that NBU had rights to more than twice as much water as it needed to serve New Braunfels.
And while NBU does not actually own all of the water now, his utility already knows where the water will come from to serve New Braunfels for the next 50 years, Biggers said.
DPS marker honors fallen trooper
Vetter family, officers gather to remember NB resident
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Cynthia Vetter (top) stands near the monument to her husband at the San Marcos DPS office Thursday morning. The Vetter family (above) gathers with troopers to unveil the memorial. Sheri Jentsch (below) gives Kermit Vetter a hug after the service.
ing a seatbelt — struck a chord throughout the country. The shooting suspect, Melvin Hale of Kyle, is in Hays County Jail await
ing his capital murder trial.
After the ceremony Thursday, the trooper's father, Kermit, said, “Randy was out to make a mark for himself in life. I don’t think this was his intent or his goal, but he certainly has done that — made his mark — on everybody.”
A group called We the People of the State of Texas donated the marker, and etched this statement into the granite:
“We the people of the state of Texas acknowledge and thank Trooper Vetter for the great sacrifice he made to keep the public safe.”
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
An early morning fog lifted and turned to mist in time for a memorial dedication for Trooper Randall W. Vetter in front of the San Marcos Department of Public Safety building off Interstate-35 Thursday.
Despite the gray skies and a one-minute rain shower, more than IOO people gathered for the IO a.m. dedication ceremony to honor the trooper who died four days after a motorist shot him during an Aug. 3 traffic stop.
The seemingly senseless shooting — Vetter pulled his attacker over for not wear-