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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas W IT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27,2004w^rald-Zeitung kJ11    1%    I FOOTBALL Smithson Valley quarterback Zach Bailey is helping steer the Rangers toward the playoffs. Page 7A COUPON SAVE Lennox offering up to a $1,000 rebate on purchase of home system. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 298 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 WWW?; 56825 00001 i pi Mostly cloudy High Low 84 69 Details 2B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS 68 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 482-year contract with chamber approved By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improvement (4B) Corporation unanimous ly approved a two-year contract for economic development with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The contract is effective First of several worker grievance hearings held By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The City of New Braunfels Tuesday conducted the First of a number of grievance hearings for street department workers Fired in August and September. A representative of the League of United Latin American Citizens who attended the hearing said he found out for the first time Tuesday that former Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson taped interviews with the workers during the investigation that led to the firings. The hearing was conducted at the request of Santiago “Jimmy” Lagunas, a sign technician fired by City Engineer Mike Short Sept. 20 for alleged violations of personnel policies pertaining to “city equipment and facilities/’ “insubordination,” “personal use of city resources" and “making a false statement of material fact in a departmental investigation.” “I was an advocate for Mr. Jimmy Lagunas,” Alejos said Tuesday. “One of the things I discovered during crossexamination during the presentation is, supposedly, that Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Short See CITY, Page 3A Nov. I, and is for $338,910. In 2001, the 4B corporation signed a two-year contract with the chamber for economic development. The chamber received approximately $80,000 a year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 from the 4B corporation for economic development. In November 2003, the 4B board signed a one-year con tract with the chamber for $124,000. The chamber contributed an additional $150,000. Chamber President Michael Meek said 72 percent of the increase in the amount of the contract was for new economic development activities. “Seventy-two percent of the See BOARD, Page 3A WEATHER DELAYS Residents, city discuss weight limit for road By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After Owens Corning closed the main entrance to its plant on FM 725, truckers began using East County Line Road to get to the plant’s loading docks. But years of truck traffic have taken its toll on the narrow asphalt road, and residents along the road are trying to get something done about it. Gordon and Sandi Geren have lived on East County Line Road 9 years, and Monday the Cereus and a handful of their neighbors pleaded their case with the New Braunfels City Council, which approved the first reading of an ordinance that See ROAD, Page 2A Weather prolongs work on 2 NBISD projects By Leigh Jones Staff Writer From her front porch, Janie Macredie has a good view of the new parking lot in front of Carl Schurz Elementary School. Despite having to listen to jackhammers and saws and the rumble of dump trucks driving up and down her street, Macredie is not unhappy about the construction or the fact that it is 90 days behind schedule. “I think they ’ve done a good job with the project, even though it’s taken longer than expected," she said. “The delays are understandable with the weather we’ve had." Paul Lane, one of Macredie’s neighbors, is not as complacent. After listening to New Braunfels Independent School District Facilities Manager Daryl Stoker update trustees on the status of all 1999 bond projects, lime took the administration to task for project delays, worker time mismanagement and safety issues at Carl Schurz mid New Braunfels Middle School. “Based on how these projects are going, people I know don’t want to approve any other bond projects,” he warned trustees. limes complaints might have ruffled some feathers, but they also got some things changed. Cad Schurz Principal Merry White said the construction job site superintendent made some modifications to increase safety, even though she never saw any safety concerns. “Our construction company is very safety conscious,” she said. “We have safe conditions, even with modified traffic patterns. I haven’t had one student veer off of See BUILDING, Page 2A DID YOU CONSTRUCTION DELAYS R Parking lot at Carl Schurz Elementary — 90 days behind I New Braunfels Middle School walkway — 157 days behind % Both began in 2002 and are expected to be finished by spring break 2005 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels City Attorney Charlie Zech brings personal items into his new office at the municipal building Thursday afternoon. He will occupy the office of former Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson. Zech named deputy city manager, to start Nov. I By Scott Mahon Staff Writer In the absence of an assistant city manager, the New Braunfels City Council approved naming City Attorney Charlie Zech deputy city manager. City Manager Chuck Pinto said council approved the position in executive session Monday. Although Zech will remain city attorney, Pinto said Zech would assume additional supervisory responsibilities over several city departments, including finance and the city secretary’s office. Former Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson accepted the city manager’s position in Rollingwood in the Austin area Oct. 18. Ferguson, whose annual salary was $87,850, was assistant city manager since December 2001. Zech’s salary was bumped from $83,000 to $95,000 Monday by council. Pinto said Zech would assume his additional duties Nov. I, but that Zech’s additional duties were not intended to replace Ferguson’s position. “We’re not replacing Don’s position,” he said. “But all of this came out of our goal’s workshop, and we re simply trying to upgrade several departments.” Pinto said other departments were reorganized last week. “With almost 400 city employees, we wanted to beef up the personnel department,” he said. “So we promoted Liz Hancock to personnel manager.” Zech and Assistant City Attorney Mario Gutierrez will occupy offices See ZECH, Page 2A \ I BLUEBONNET C cSan/ vt. i. ui\ v Jeep New IL .iimleK. I \ I 1111 * w w w I > I > ii t < > 11 > r •. < MSS "TMM MI M& Mf7"MTMI MM MI MV MI JU f OVER 700 VEHICLES IN STOCK 800-725-1 51 5 w 2001 Lincoln Ll VB, Auto, Loaded •15,995 • our Pro-Ownod Super-Center Sports Roundup District action is down to the wire as local high school football, volleyball teams compete for playoff spots. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung NBISD Director of Facility Management Daryl Stocker, left, New Braunfels Middle School Principal Dr. Demetria Cummins and Job Superintendent Ray Valdez discuss plans for finishing up work at the school under a soon-to-be-completed covered walkway Tuesday afternoon. The district tries to keep the students away from the under construction areas as much as possible. ;