A SCORCHING SUMMER
Employees Keep their Cool in the Heat
San Marcos City employees are among This is a salute to those who beat the heat
many workers who braved the scorching this summer by keeping their cool! The City’s
temperatures this summer to do their jobs Safety Coach program made sure that workers
as more than 60 days soared above 100 got enough water, shade and breaks to cope
degrees. with the unrelenting heat.
Many employees in Community Services, Keeping Workers Safe
Public Services, Capital Improvements, Police
and Fire work every day in the elements, People working in the 100-degree heat should
cleaning parks, building streets, fighting fires, take extra precautions. Adapting to the hot
EMPLOYEES KEEP THEIR COOL IN THE
responding to emergencies, wiring electric environment can take two to three weeks. HEAT—Safety Coach Bobette Elliott demonstrates
lines, digging ditches, trimming trees, surveying, Workers should pace their work, take rest the benefits of using a cooling scarf to beat the heat
reading meters, catching strays, leading periods in the shade or cooler environments. with Juan Garcia of Public Services.
outdoor activities, installing water lines, Other tips:
conducting inspections, fixing vehicles and • Drink plenty of water-- before you are • Wear light colored, loose clothing (unless
much more. thirsty. you are working around equipment).
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Employee Picnic Coming September 19th
By Andy Quittner, Assistant City Attorney will be held on Saturday, September 19, Plan to bring your family and enjoy in the fun. It will
2009, behind Rio Vista pool from 11 a.m. be your last chance,this season,to swim in the pool.
It may be hot and dry but that hasn’t stopped to 3 p.m. Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B-Q will cater So don your bathing suit --and cowboy boots!
your Employee Group and their projects. One brisket, sausage, and all the trimmings at
of the end of summer projects is collecting school noon. We will have the cake bake-off to Table of Contents
supplies to help SMCISD students begin their new provide the desserts, and this year there will
school year. On August 18, the Employee Group be a division for “healthy” (lo-cal/sugar-free City Manager Sworn In ............................ 2
presented the San Marcos Youth Council with diabetic) desserts. Stop the Spread of Flu ............................. 2
school supplies and donations collected from Learn to Save a Life................................... 2
the various City departments. The Jiggle Bug will be there along with a Delbert Maywald Retires......................... 3
bounce house. Games will include washer Employee Expo .......................................... 3
Also on the summer list is the employee toss, water-gun shootout, and watermelon Household Hazardous Waste ................. 3
picnic. The picnic (with a cowboy theme) seed spitting contest. Les Stephens Sworn In ............................. 4
Lisa Dvorak Honored .............................. 4
Kyle Dicke Elected .................................... 5
Cecil Cowan Retires ................................ 5
Employees Keep Their Cool ............... 6-7
Red Ribbon T-Shirts .................................. 8
Staff Particpates in Media Training ......... 8
Electricity Utility Donates Fan ............... 8
Employee Bios............................................ 9
EAP Unveils New Website ....................10
Understanding Melanoma .....................10
CPAAA Conference ...............................11
Just Ask ......................................................11
In Touch Becomes WebQA ...................12
Calendar of Events ..................................12
Classified Ads ...........................................12
CAMP MESA—The City of San Marcos flag (inset) flies over Camp Mesa in Al Asad, Iraq, in memory of Employee Group List..............................12
former San Marcos Police Officer Rudy Mesa who was killed in action while serving as a police trainer in
2006. Jason Hough,Team Leader, sent the photos to Ramona Binkley at SMPD .
FY 2010 Budget
By Rick Menchaca, City Manager Although the City’s budget was not as stressed evaluating how the merit program will look
as other cities, nevertheless there were limits in 2010, with more information to come.
The City Council to what the City Management Team wanted
approved the FY to accomplish due to declining revenues. San While our boat didn’t take on as much water
2009-10 budget on Marcos has weathered the current recession as other cities, we are still not out of the
September 1. Staff better than most cities in the U.S., nevertheless, storm. The City is not laying off employees
did a great job in declining Sales Tax Revenues, which make and not reducing pay and for that we are very
tying the five City up half of the General Fund, did not see the thankful that our economy has been more
Council goals to growth it had seen in the past. resilient than in the past.
the budget, better
reflecting how the The Operating Budget will reflect continuation During the Budget discussion, as your
go a l s a re b e i n g of many City programs with NO rate or fee representative to the City Council, I requested
addressed in 2010. increases.At the same time, we had to reduce the City Council keep an open mind on providing
The key budget items the participation in the employee merit additional merit dollars, if the economy were to
included increased pay program. While many employees may exceed the budgeted expectations.
preventative be disappointed, please be reminded that
m a i n t e n a n c e p ro g r a m s , e n h a n c i n g the City did provide merit pay in October Continue to do the great work you do on
conservation efforts and expanded fire 2008 and substantial market adjustments in a daily basis. Our citizens deserve the Best
services. May 2009. We are currently devising and Service!
STOP THE SPREAD OF FLU City CPR Classes
Learn to Save a Life!
REMEMBER THE 3 C’S
Robert Cavazos of Community Services
CLEAN of your elbow will do.
Health/Animal Control Officer and
Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands
Bobette Elliott, Legal Department,
for at least 20 seconds with soap and water CONTAIN
have recently completed Instructor
or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Contain germs by steering clear of others
CPR classes from Medic First Aid
who are sick. If you do get sick, stay at
COVER home until you’re well again, so you don’t
Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover spread more germs.
CPR classes are offered to all employees,
your mouth and nose when you cough or
and, with the addition of Robert and
sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook For more information, visit texasflu.org
Bobette, the City is able to offer
more classes to employees. If you are
interested in participating in a class,
please contact Human Resources at
393.8065 for more information.
The City Communiqué is a bi-monthly
newsletter published for City of San Marcos
employees. Editorial Board Members are
Melissa Millecam, Editor and Cindy Conyers,
Stefanie Daily, Kyle Dicke, Bobette Elliott,
Andrew Freeman, Stephanie Reyes, Jana
Green, Janis Hendrix, Joni Jones, Carolyn
Liner, Robert Marin, Melissa Mulhollan, Jo
Secrest, Karen Smith, Linda Spacek, Tammy
Strakos, Robin Wood and Warren Zerr.
Contributors: Renate Yanity, Rick Menchaca
HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD—WIC is organizing a Health Advisory Board to help local and Don Anders. Copyright by the City of
families. Standing: Cherri Schmidt, Debbie Clark, Micaela Russell, Denise Schlueter, David San Marcos, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos,Tx
Villela, Dora Saucedo, Sandy Rodriguez, Ashley Barrett, Gina Greek. Seated: Amelia Flores, 78666. September-October 2009.
Concepcion Cantu, Marlee Mojica, Rachel Verastegui, Raul Salazar.
Delbert Maywald Retires
By Kyle Dicke,Assistant Director Texas Safety Association’s
of Public Services/ Electric Utility SafeWorker Award as well
as being part of the first-
On July 10, 2009, after 35 years of service to the ever City of San Marcos
Electric Utility, Delbert Maywald said goodbye Safety Coach Class.
to the City of San Marcos and got on board
the cruise ship of retirement. Delbert also created the
HazComm labeling for the
Delbert began his career with the Lower City, conducted several
Colorado River Authority in 1974 as a General safety and other training
Utility Worker before being promoted to a sessions and was pub-
Lineman Helper the next year. In 1977, Delbert lished for the “SafetyTip of
earned an Apprentice Lineman position and the Week” on the E-Safety
graduated up to a Class A Lineman in 1982. website. Three of the
The City purchased the electric distribution seven electric substations TIME FOR A CRUISE—Electric Utility Distribution Manager
system in 1986 and in 1991 Delbert transferred that serve the City of San Delbert Maywald receives a clock from City Manager Rick Menchaca
to the City along with other LCRA employees. Marcos were designed as he prepares for cruising into retirement.
In 1994, he became a Crew Foreman, a position and wired by crews led
he held until his promotion to Distribution by Delbert. the water somewhere; either someplace
Manager in 2004. tropical on a cruise liner or Lake Travis on
Delbert served the Electric Utility both his own rig.
Along the way, Delbert has been named the with LCRA and the City under four dif-
City of San Marcos Employee of the Month ferent foremen and seven different district Many thanks to Delbert for all of your service
and was honored as the Moten Safety Award managers or directors. But from here he to the Electric Utility! Best of luck with all you
recipient in 2000. Other honors include the will most certainly be off to put a boat in do in the future!
Waste Collection : Life’s a Treasure
October 24, 2009 Life’s a Treasure
Date: October 24, 2009 X
Place: 630 E. Hopkins, Traffic Yard
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
This is a drive through event. Please do not
exit your car.
Safety Tips: Do not combine chemicals;
Where X Marks the Spot
keep products in original containers; transport
chemicals in trunk and if broken or leaking,
Where X Marks the Spot
place in containers of like materials.
for Safety, Benefits & Wellness!
for Safety, Benefits & Wellness!
What is Household Hazardous October 22, 2009
Waste? October 22, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
October 22, 2009
Many of the chemicals you use at home
are considered hazardous. Items marked of San Marcos Activity Center
City10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“toxic, poison, warning, flammable, corrosive, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
combustible, caution, or danger” are likely Arghhh
of of Marcos Activity Center
City on Santo our rewarding healthy and safe
maties! Sail Cityover San Marcos Activity Center lifestyle.
HHW. annual Employee Expo where you’ll Doors open to City employees at
discover all the best treasures of 10:00 a.m., and a free BBQ lunch will
Why not throw it in the trash?
employee benefits, safety, and wellness. be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
When people place HHW in their household maties! Sail on over over to our annual Employee Expo where you’ll discover1:00 best
ArghhhArghhh maties! Sail onto our annual Employee Expo where you’ll discover allall the best
trash, it is a risk to sanitation workers who Door prize drawing will be at the p.m.
handle it and a danger to the environment as
treasures of showcase their services and wellness.
Exhibitors willemployee benefits, safety, and wellness.out on all this and you might as
treasures of employee benefits, safety, Miss
it seeps into the ground and water systems. and provide key information for a richly well walk the plank!
Exhibitors will showcase their services provide key information for a a richly rewarding
Exhibitors will showcase their services and and provide key information for richly rewarding
and safe3 safe lifestyle. Doors to City employees at at 10:00 a.m., and free BBQ
healthyhealthy andlifestyle. Doors openopen to City employees 10:00 a.m., and a a free BBQ
lunch served from from a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Door prize drawing will be at 1:00 p.m.
lunch will be will be served 11:0011:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Door prize drawing will be at 1:00 p.m.
Les Stephens Sworn In as Fire Chief
San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens was Fire Officer II, Intermediate Instructor,
sworn in on Friday,August 7, during a special Hazardous Materials Technician and Licensed
ceremony at the Activity Center. Paramedic.
He began work August 1 as the 12th fire chief Stephens taught in a variety of fire academies
for San Marcos Fire Rescue, a department and authored articles for national fire service
founded in 1884. publications.
Stephens took the helm of a department with 51 He served as the Training Lieutenant for
professional firefighters, plus four administrative the Garland Fire Department and as an
personnel, including the Fire Chief, Assistant instructor at the Dallas Fire Department’s
Chief, Division Chief, and Administrative recruit academy. He has been an instructor
Coordinator. at Texas A&M University’s Municipal Fire
School, the Fire Department Instructors
He is a 20 year veteran of the fire service, Conference in Indianapolis and the Collin
starting as a volunteer firefighter with the River College Fire Science Program.
Oaks Fire Department as a teenager. At 18 he LES STEPHENS SWORN IN—Les Stephens
joined the Garland Fire Department. In addition to his duties as an instructor at gets sworn in with his wife at his side.
Collin College, he has also worked the last
Over the past 18 years, he has served as a several years as the In-Service Operations Stephens is married to his high school
firefighter, paramedic, driver/ engineer, lieutenant, Coordinator. In that capacity, he has been sweetheart, Marcia, and they have two
captain and battalion chief.The Dallas suburb of responsible for planning, scheduling and children, Wyatt, age 5 and Lexie, age 2.
Garland has 247 fire personnel and operates 11 coordinating training classes for several
fire stations. departments throughout the North Texas The ceremony featured an honor guard and
area, including Plano, McKinney and Allen. posting of the colors, invocation, bag pipes,
Chief Stephens has an Associate’s Degree in and the swearing-in ceremony.
Fire Protection from Tarrant County College Stephens and Battalion Chief Stuart Grant
and is currently enrolled in the National Fire of the Dallas Fire – Rescue Department, Speakers included Mayor Susan Narvaiz
Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. have also authored numerous articles for and City Manager Rick Menchaca, who
fire service publications and taught many administered the oath of office to Stephens.
He holds numerous fire service certifications, contract classes for departments throughout Marcia Stephens pinned the San Marcos
including Master Firefighter, Fire Officer I, Texas. badge on the new fire chief.
Dvorak Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Lisa Dvorak, Assistant Chief of Police, has been sexual assault, and murder of an eight-year-old been used as a reference by the Director of the
honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award girl. She coordinated the local investigation with U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community
from Texas Women In Law Enforcement for her state and federal agencies and investigators. The Oriented Policing Services in Washington, D.C.
outstanding 32-year career at the San Marcos joint investigation culminated in the arrest and
Police Department. conviction of the suspect for capital murder, and Dvorak served as a Region Director for the
a conviction for a similar murder in 1990 of a Texas Police Association (TPA), for three terms
Dvorak was nominated by Commander Penny nine-year-old female in Wichita, Kansas. representing 46 counties in Region 6.
Dunn for her creation of “Achieving Community continued on page 9
Together,” a citywide program to improve town- Chief Dvorak promoted through
grown relationships among student and non- the ranks at the San Marcos Police
student residents. Department and broke through
barriers to become the first female
Chief Dvorak began as a dispatcher at the San to be promoted to Lieutenant,
Marcos Police Department in 1977. She became a Captain, and Assistant Chief of
police officer in 1981, the first female officer hired Police. She has served as the
by the department under the newly approved Assistant Chief of Operations
Civil Service system requiring a rigorous physical Division since 1998 and is
entrance exam. responsible for all patrol, criminal
investigations, foot and bike,
She was assigned in 1984 to the newly created motorcycle,and mental health units.
Crime Prevention program at the department She is a graduate of Texas State
and within a year was named the Outstanding University-San Marcos and the
Crime Prevention Specialist of the Year by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement
Texas Crime Prevention Association for 1985, the Management Institute. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT—Carrie Wise of Texas Women
first woman to receive this statewide award. in Law Enforcement presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to
Chief Dvorak has published papers Assistant Chief of Police Lisa Dvorak at the City Council meeting.
Chief Dvorak is well-known for her strengths as during her distinguished career, L-R are Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Chief Dvorak, CarrieWise, and Cmdr
an investigator. She was the primary investigator including one on establishing a Penny Dunn; back row: City Council Members Kim Porterfield, John
in the cold case investigation of a 1980 abduction, Citizen Police Academy that has Thomaides and Gaylord Bose. (Photo by Don Anders)
Kyle Dicke Elected to Two Executive Boards
Kyle Dicke,Assistant Director of Public Services- rates, regulatory issues, fuel costs and the financial In July, Kyle was elected to serve on the Texas
Electric Utility, was elected to practices within LCRA. He Public Power Association (TPPA) Executive
serve on the executive boards was first elected to the AWC Board. TPPA is a state-wide organization that
of two regional and statewide board in 2005 and quickly rose represents 71 municipal and 6 cooperative
entities this summer. through the ranks, serving as electric utility systems, as well as three river
Vice President from 2007-2009 authorities and two power generation joint
In June, Kyle was chosen to before assuming the presidency agencies.
serve as President of the this year.
Association of Wholesale TPPA’s primary focus is on the representation
Customers (AWC), an “It is a tremendous honor of the interest of public power providers in the
organization that represents to have the confidence and state of Texas. TPPA provides resources through
the interests and concerns of support of not only the City which members may extend their influence on
the 43 Lower Colorado River of San Marcos, but also my public policy and legislative matters affecting the
Authority (LCRA) municipal peers from the other cities and public power industry. He will serve a three-
and cooperative electric cooperatives,” Dicke said.Other year term.
systems. board members come from
municipal systems in Brenham, Dicke has worked for the City of San Marcos
The AWC oversees the Kerrville, New Braunfels and for 11 years, serving as the Metering Supervisor,
activities of the LCRA’s Kyle Dicke Weimar as well as the Bandera, Customer Relations Manager and Assistant
Wholesale Power Services Fayette, Guadalupe Valley and Director of Public Services in the Electric Utility
Division and monitors issues such as electric San Bernard Electric Cooperatives. Division.
Cecil Cowan Retires
By Kyle Dicke, Assistant Director of Public In his time in San Marcos, whether with the
Services/ Electric Utility LCRA or with the City, Cecil has seen the
electric system grow from less than 2,500 to over
How can nearly forty years pass so quickly? Cecil 20,000 connected meters. Besides witnessing
Cowan, Senior Electrical Engineering Technician, tremendous growth in the San Marcos system,
stepped away from the electricity business and Cecil has led the utility through floods, tornadoes
into retirement on July 31, 2009. and ice storms, not to mention countless broken
poles, transformer failures and downed power
Cecil began his career in 1969 as a dispatcher lines.
for the Lower Colorado River Authority’s San
Marcos district. He had a wide range of duties No doubt Cecil will be missed by his co-workers,
that included the handling of all trouble calls, legions of contractors and the citizens of San
power outages, collections of non-pay accounts Marcos. But the time has come for Cecil to move
and taking applications for new accounts and into the next phase of his life, where he plans to
extensions. At that time, both the Bluebonnet spend more time with Gayna, his wife of nearly 40
and Pedernales Electric Cooperatives were also years, his three children, five grandchildren (plus
housed out of the San Marcos office. Cecil was one on the way) and his church. Best wishes in all CECIL RETIRES—Retiring Senior Electrical
responsible for maintaining records for all three you do in the future, Mr. Cowan. Things certainly Technician Cecil Cowan receives well wishes from
utility entities. will not be the same around here without you! Kyle Dicke and Electric Utility colleagues at his
A few years later, Cecil transferred into the
Engineering Division where he prepared work
orders and began staking and designing lines. In
the mid-‘70s, Cecil was briefly transferred to the
LCRA’s System Operations Control Center in
Austin before returning to San Marcos to become
the Storekeeper and Inventory Control Manager.
Cecil’s final career move came in the early
‘80s when he moved back into the Engineering
Division, a department he served for over 25
years. Cecil officially became a City of San Marcos
employee in 1991 following the City purchase
of the electric distribution system from LCRA
in 1986. For the City, Cecil has served as an
Associate Engineer II, an Electrical Engineering MDA DRIVE—Fire Fighter Tory Turner collects a SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE—Belen Hernandez, Craig
Technician and a Senior Electrical Engineering generous donation for the Muscular Dystrophy Drive Corbin and RoyaWilliamson collect school supply donations
Technician. from Assistant Fire Chief Len Nored. from City employees for San Marcos school children.
A Scorching Summer
continued from page 1
• Use fans for ventilation and cooling.
• Keep shaded from direct heat when
• Know how to recognize the signs of
heat cramps, fainting, dehydration, heat
exhaustion and heat stroke and the proper
first aid response.
Supervisors can prevent heat stress for
workers toiling in the heat by adjusting work
schedules, assigning heavier work on cooler
days or during the cooler part of the day,
and reducing the workload. Employers can
also increase the use of equipment to reduce
physical labor, plan for rest periods during the
day, and train employees on how to recognize
signs and symptoms of heat stress disorders
and be prepared to give first aid if necessary.
Staying Safe in Hot Weather
• Keep your cool: People and animals
should stay indoors in air conditioning when
possible. If you don’t have air-conditioning,
go to a mall, library or public facility.
Remember to drink more fluids, but avoid
alcohol, caffeine and high sugar drinks.
• When Outdoors:Wear light clothing, wide
brimmed hat, sunshades and use sun block,
SPF 15 or higher.
• Don’t Forget the Baby! Never leave any
persons, especially infants, young children,
the elderly or animals in a closed, parked
vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is locked
after you exit to prevent a young child from
climbing back in. When it’s hot, it takes just
a few minutes for temperatures to soar
to a life-threatening 120-140 degrees in a
Employees Keep their Cool in the Heat
Time to order your 2009 Red Ribbon Week T-shirts!
By Tammy Strakos, celebration to highlight successful prevention Week and show their support by wearing one
Benefits and Risk Specialist efforts. Parents, schools, law enforcement, of the t-shirts,” she added.
the faith community and other community
“BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED” is the theme resources work in a unified way to develop an T-shirts can be ordered by completing the City
of the 2009 Red Ribbon Week, scheduled for attitude of intolerance to substance abuse. of San Marcos employee order form inserted
Saturday, October 17 through Friday, October into the Sep/Oct Communiqué.All orders must
23. The annual event, that celebrates a drug This year’s commemorative t-shirts sport a red, be received in Human Resources by Monday,
free life, was first observed in the San Marcos yellow and blue design with the 2009 theme September 21, 2009.The shirts will be delivered
community in 1989 and has continued to enjoy BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED printed in navy the week of October 12th. Order forms are
community wide support every year since. blue on a grey t shirt. The shirts come in sizes also available in the Human Resources office.
ranging from youth small to adult 3XL and are Employees are encouraged to wear their new
Red Ribbon Week began in response to still only $8 for all sizes. (or a previous year’s) Red Ribbon Shirt on
the brutal murder of D.E.A. agent, Enrique Friday, October 23rd to show their support for
Camarena by drug traffickers. The first Red “This is our largest awareness campaign of a drug free community.
Ribbon Campaign was organized in 1986 by a the year and we try diligently to keep the Red
grassroots organization of parents dedicated to Ribbon Week t-shirts as affordable as possible,” Red ribbons will also be distributed to each
protecting communities from the destruction explained Sue Cohen, executive director of the employee to wear throughout Red Ribbon week.
caused by alcohol and drug abuse. Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Look for your ribbon coming to you through
Abuse, local sponsor of the Red Ribbon Week interoffice mail during the week of October 12th.
What began as a Red Ribbon campaign to activities. “We want every student, parent and For more information, please contact Tammy
commemorate his death, has developed into a business in the area to participate in Red Ribbon Strakos in Human Resources at ext. 8062.
Staff Participates in Media Training
More than 50 staff members have participated All the participants had opportunities
in Media Relations Training provided by Shelton to work on camera, at least for brief
& Caudle, a communications company from appearances.
“The media training won high marks
Two eight-hour sessions were held July 23 from the participants,” said Melissa
and September 3 to train directors, assistant Millecam, Director of Communications and
directors and other staff members on how Intergovernmental Relations.“Our goal was
to work with the media, exerting control in to help staff gain greater skill and confidence PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT—Media interviews, like
interviews, expressing key messages, handling when reporters put microphones or this one withTomTaggart and News 8 Austin about reclaimed
Electric Utility Donates Fans
tough questions, and crisis communications. cameras in front of them.” water, are frequent happenings for staff.
Electric Utility Donates Fans
San Marcos Electric Utility has donated 32 box fans to help residents cool off and save
electricity this hot summer.
San Dicke, Assistant Director of Public box delivered Klein, Conservation
KyleMarcos Electric Utility has donated 32Services, and Jan16 fans to Central Fire Station and 16 has volunteered to deliver the fans from the
fans to help residents cool off and save electricity to the Salvation Army. The contribution is part fire stations to distribution sites as well as to
of the City of San Salvation Family Eldercare
Coordinator, delivered 16 fans to Central Fire Station and 16 to theMarcos andArmy. The
this hot summer. homebound recipients.
Fan Drive to help Fan income help
contribution is part of the City of San Marcos and Family Eldercare low Drive toand medically
and medically fragile residents.
low incomeAssistant Director of Public Services, fragile residents.
and Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, SMPD Veterans Celebrate
San Marcos Fire Rescue
San Marcos Fire Rescue accepted
accepted donations of
donations of new fans and new
25 Years of Service
new fans and new
window air conditioning units SMPD honored two of its long time employees
through August 31.
window air conditioning with 25 year plaques. In a ceremony well
units through August 31. attended by their families, many friends and
The fans requested are new 20- co-workers, Cmdr. Bill Glasgow and Cpl. Roger
inch box fans or 14-inch minimum
The fans requested are Sprott were recognized for 25 years of service
oscillating fans. Donated new to the citizens to San Marcos.
new 20-inch conditioners
window air box fans or will
be provided to medically at risk Cmdr. Glasgow started work on January 4,
residents. fans. Donated 1984 and has worked in every division within
new window air
the department including patrol, narcotics, CID
conditioners will be
COOL DONATION—San Marcos Fire Rescue collects fans Financial contributions for the and now Administration.
provided to be made at
donated by San Marcos Electric Utility to help cool off local residents fan drive may medicallyto Family
during a record hot summer. L-R are CaptainTommy Norris, Engineer Eldercare at familyeldercare.org.
risk residents. Cpl. Sprott started June 18, 1984 and has
Tara Brinkkoeter, Kyle Dicke and Jan Klein of Electric Utility, Public worked in patrol and CID, and is currently a
Services, Engineer San Marcos Fire Rescue Jonathan Henderson, Financial contributions
COOL DONATION: Jonathan Hart, Firefightercollects fans donated The Texas State University
and Assistant Chief Len Nored. (Photo cool off local residents
by San Marcos Electric Utility to helpby Don Anders) Custodialfan drive may be
for the Operations Department
during a record hot summer. L-R are Captain Tommy Norris,
made to Family Eldercare
Engineer Tara Brinkkoeter, Kyle Dicke and Jan Klein of Electric
Utility, Public Services, Engineer Jonathan Hart, Firefighter
Welcome, New Employees!
DELIA MADRIGAL LES STEPHENS CARLOS GARCIA
WIC Clerk Fire Chief Accounting Specialist
WIC Fire Finance
Prior to coming to San Marcos, I am from San Marcos. I have a
I recently bought a house in wife named Kenzi and our one
I was a Battalion Chief with the
New Braunfels and lived in Garland, TX Fire Department. year anniversary is coming up. I
Round Rock, TX for 10 years. I am married and have two enjoy running marathons.
I’ve been married 22 years and children, Wyatt-5 and Lexie-2.
have been blessed with four beautiful children My hobbies include spending time with my kids,
(2 girls and 2 boys). I’ve recently had my first snowboarding, motorcycle riding, wakeboarding DALEY HELLER
and home improvement projects. Administrative Clerk
grandchild. Love to go riding with my husband
on his motorcycle. City Clerk
I am from San Antonio. I
KRISTI (BEL) STUART recently graduated from Texas
JOHNNY CARSON, SR. Activity Center Attendant
Field Maintenance Technician State University with a major
Parks and Recreation/Activity in Anthropology and a minor in
Water/Wastewater Utilities Center Japanese. I love playing basketball
Hello, my name is Johnny Carson and staying active.
I am originally from Nashville,
and, no, not from the Tonight T N a n d re l o c a t e d t o t h e
Show, but I am in color. I am from Austin/San Marcos area last CORLISS GOODRUM
New Braunfels, Texas, born and Animal Shelter Technician
year to further my education in music therapy Environmental Health-Animal
raised. I just moved to Kyle two years ago to and career as a performing songwriter. I
shorten my drive into Austin. My hobbies include Services
immediately fell in love with the “Hill Country”
cycling, jogging, endurance training, working on and enjoy the friendliness of the folks here as I am a divorced mom of eleven
cars, gardening is my favorite, and last but not well as the great food and local music scene. children. Seven of whom live
least, karate training. I have seven grandchildren, with me and the other four live in
I bring years of experience to my position as my hometown of Harker Heights,
three adopted children, and I have my hands full, an attendant at the Activity Center as a former
but love every minute of it. I can’t speak for my Texas where I was born, raised and resided for
baseball coach and member connector for the last 40 years until I met the most amazing man
wife of thirty years. Her tasks are a little bit more the Middle Tennessee YMCA. I can be found and fell completely in love with him and how I
complex than mine, but I know she enjoys them performing around San Marcos and Austin, ended up here in San Marcos. I am also a proud
as much as me. My evenings are spent working mother-in-law to a 1st Cav. Soldier who is now
hanging out with friends or spending time deployed in Iraq. My hobbies include horses and
out and having fun with my children. Sundays with my husband, Chris, who is a Texas State
are my favorite, church and Sunday lunch and a computers. I also love to design my MySpace
student, chef at the Root Cellar, and manager and other social networking pages. I enjoy road
drive to the park. of the local band, Olive Street. trips and driving.
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Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas
Dvorak Honored . . . State University in 2005. Academy Offers
She worked to achieve TCLEOSE academy In 2008, Chief Dvorak took on the challenge Special Rate for
accreditation for the department in 1992. of mending strained relations between City Employees
She brought forth equipment and training for student and non-student residents of San
officers to improve safety and reduce injuries. Marcos. She began forging pathways and The San Marcos Academy has thrived in San
This included the introduction of defensive relationships between the City of San Marcos Marcos for more than a century. A college
tactics training, implementing and issuance and Texas State University, creating the ACT preparatory school for boys and girls in grades
of semi-automatic handguns, and expandable Campaign. 7-12, San Marcos Academy is fully accredited
batons. For the 11 years, she has personally by the Southern Association of Colleges and
served Christmas breakfast to all on-duty Chief Dvorak’s achievements with ACT have Schools. In addition to their academic program,
personnel. put her on the lecture circuit. She co-authored the San Marcos Academy offers numerous extra-
Noise in Neighborhoods: A Community’s Path in curricular, athletic and leadership opportunities.
Community service is important to Dvorak Problem-Solving, Cross-Cultural Communication,
and she strives to include department Partnerships, and Student Involvement and was The San Marcos Academy is pleased to offer a
members and citizens in numerous endeavors. invited to present at the 5th Annual Best special tuition rate to children of City of San
She has raised tens of thousands of dollars Practices in Building City/University Relations Marcos staff who enroll at the Academy for the
to help crime and accident victims, school Conference in Murray, Kentucky in May 2009. first time. For questions about the Academy’s
children and Special Olympics. At this national conference participants heard programs, tuition and fees, and financial aid, please
how a potential crisis in university-city relations contact their Admissions Office at 512-753-8000
In 2003 Lisa Dvorak was inducted into the evolved into a successful collaboration through or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may
Texas State University “Women of SWT effective problem-solving, communication, and also visit their website at smba.org. Brochures
– First 100 Years” and she received the student involvement. are available in Human Resources as well.
EAP Unveils a New Website San Marcos
By Melissa Mulhollan, Benefits Manager mind that your personal information is protected Hosts CPAAA
with enhanced security.The unique username and
Alliance Work Partners, your Employee password will be used for all subsequent EAP
Assistance Program provider, has enhanced
and streamlined its website, making it easier to By Warren Zerr,Assistant Police Chief
navigate and providing expanded online services. One of the newest, and most exciting features
The new website also offers a section designed of the enhanced website, is the addition of When Hurricane Ike tore through Galveston,
for supervisors. The website address is the same: “My Wellness Plan.” “My Wellness Plan” is a it also destroyed the plans for that city to host
www.alliancewp.com. new service provided to you by Alliance Work the 2009Texas Citizens Police Academy Alumni
Partners that will help you understand and Conference.
As part of the website enhancement, the improve your overall health and well-being. “My
username and password that you were using Wellness Plan” will allow you to: A single telephone call to San Marcos set
with the old website will no longer be valid.You • Take a fresh look at your overall well-being the wheels in motion to hold the TXCPAAA
are encouraged to contact Melissa Mulhollan (ext. through an online assessment. Conference in San Marcos, June 31 – Aug. 2.
8064) or Tammy Strakos (ext. 8062) in Human • Choose one or two things to improve in your
Resources to receive your generic email and life, and then track them online. With a mere six months to plan, the SMPD,
password for first time log-in. • Challenge a friend to a goal, or connect with the San Marcos Citizens Police Academy
others working on the same goals. Alumni Association, the San Marcos Chamber
After your initial log-in, you will be prompted to • Participate in online forums that let you discuss of Commerce and the City Manager’s Office
set up your own unique username and password issues with others pursuing the same goals. put together a conference that raised for the
– just like any other HIPAA compliant website. bar for future conferences to come.
This unique username and password allows you Go to www.alliancewp.com. and check out these
the added privacy and the comfort and peace of exciting new changes! The San Marcos Professional Firefighters
Association and the San Marcos Police
Officers Association spent hours cooking a
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN barbecue for the attendees on Thursday night
on the ground of the courthouse. When rain
threatened,Texas State University stepped up
to the plate and the event was moved to the
• Color: The color can vary from blue, black, Lair at the Student Center.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can
spread to other healthy parts of the body if brown, or red.
• Diameter:The size of the mole is larger than Attendees were treated with trips to the
not found immediately. While it is not known ALERRT center and a fajita lunch at the Prime
what exactly causes melanoma, you are at a a pencil eraser.
Outlet cooked by Prime General Manager
higher risk for getting melanoma if you spend • Evolution: The mole changes in appearance
Hector Trevino and his staff. Over 300 room
time under the sun. You are also at a higher and symptoms such as: nights were reserved at Embassy Suites and a
risk of getting melanoma if: • It bleeds or has fluid leaking (oozing) out. terrific array of training seminars were held
• It changes in size, shape, or color. through the three-day conference.
• You or a close family member have ever had • It feels itchy, hard, lumpy, swollen or
melanoma before. tender.
physician if you notice any change in the moles
• You have had one or more blistering
Ways to protect your skin from melanoma on your body or to your skin in general.
sunburns as a child or teenager.
• You have light colored skin, hair or eyes. include:
• Wear sunscreen that has an SPF (sun Adapted from an article provided by Scott & White
• Your freckles or moles increase in number
protectant factor) of 15 or higher. Prescription Services/MICROMEDEX®.
or look different from before.
• Wear long sleeved shirts and pants to Full length article available in Human Resources.
• Your skin burns rather than tans when you
are in the sun. protect your arms and legs
• You have other skin diseases such as when you are out in the
xeroderma pigmentosum. sun.Wear a hat with a wide
brim to protect both your
Melanoma may appear as a new mole, or in moles face and neck.
you already have.You should routinely check for • Do not use tanning booths.
new bumps on your skin once a month. A new These can damage your
mole that appears on your skin after 30 years of skin as much as the sun.
age should be watched closely for changes. • Know what your regular
birthmarks and moles look
What should you look for when you examine like.Watch your skin closely
your skin? Physicians describe a melanoma for any signs of change.
based on the ABCDE system: CHAMPIONS—Winners of the Men’s Spring “D” League
• Asymmetry: If a line is drawn through the As with any type of cancer,
early detection and treatment Softball Championship are Victor Reyna, Rick Hernandez, Richard
middle of the mole, the two halves are Robles and Carlos Villasana, all from the Water/ Wastewater Utility.
unequal. is key. The earlier a cancer is
found, the better its chances Other players not pictured are Ramiro Hernandez (Streets), David
• Border: The border of the mole is not Tobias (Electric), Andy Gonzales, Daniel Montoya, Ernest Reyna
smooth. of being cured. Talk with your
(all W/WW) and Robert Castillo (Traffic).
Just Ask – Odds & Ends Tech Tips
By Melissa Mulhollan, Benefits Manager health plan by determining who should be paying Lock your computer!
for your medical expenses. The plan is made up of
When do my medical deductible and employees across the City. The cost of providing By Denise Molina,Webmaster
maximum out-of-pocket begin again? benefits,both employee and City cost,is the sum of
The deductible and maximum out-of-pocket on the expenses the plan pays, including payment for Since most security threats happen within an
the medical plan start over in January of each year. claims. It’s important that the plan does not pay for organization, a simple way to protect yourself
An exception to this is that there is a 4th quarter expenses another party is responsible to pay. and the City’s network is to properly lock
carry over on the deductible. Amounts incurred your workstation when you are away from
toward the deductible during the last 3 months The 3 questionnaires and their purpose are listed it.
of the calendar year (October, November and below. It is important that you complete and
December) also count toward your deductible return the questionnaires, as your claims may not To lock your computer, press windows icon
for the new calendar year. be paid until you do. You need to complete the + L. To sign back in, hit Control + Alt + Del
questionnaire even if the answer to the question and enter your login and password. In order
I’ve used all of my annual benefit on the is no. to make sure your computer gets security
dental plan. When do I get more? settings and updates that were applied
The maximum benefit of $1,250 per covered • Accident questionnaire – TML sends these out throughout the night, log off before you go
individual on the dental plan begins again each when the diagnosis code that was submitted home.
January. for a claim indicates that it could be due to an
accident. If a third party is responsible for your Good security practices are important so
How often can I get a preventative exam on medical bills, completing the form allows TML please remind others to lock or log off their
the dental plan? Do I have to wait 6 months to pay the claim then seek reimbursement from computers.
between cleanings? the third party. If your claim isn’t due to an
You can have two basic exams, including cleaning, accident, simply check the box that indicates it
per calendar year and they do not have to be 6 is not, sign, date and return the form.
months apart as long as you have not exceeded • Other coverage questionnaire – You will get Employees
the maximum annual benefit. this questionnaire at least once each year. The
purpose of this form is to determine whether on the Move
How do I submit a receipt to be reimbursed someone is covered under more than one
for my routine eye exam? plan. If so, TML will determine which plan Congratulations to the following employees for
Ask for an itemized receipt for the exam. Make should pay first as the primary insurer, based
a copy of your TML ID card and send it to the on coordination of benefit rules. their recent promotions or new positions!
claims address on the card with the receipt and a • Pre-existing condition questionnaire – You’ll
note that you are submitting for reimbursement get this form if you or your family member has Debora Tomaselli
under the wellness benefit. Be sure to keep a copy been covered on our plan for less than 1 year Library Clerk
of the receipt for your records. Each covered and a claim is received with a diagnosis code Community Services-Library
person has $500 per calendar year to spend on that indicates the treatment might be for a pre-
wellness benefits. existing condition. The plan covers treatment Caitlin Collier
for pre-existing conditions up to $1,000 during Library Clerk
I also have money in a medical the first 12 months on the plan. You may Community Services-Library
reimbursement account on the Flexible be eligible to get the pre-existing condition
Benefits Plan. Can I pay for my eye exam period waived for creditable coverage if you Ronnie LaCaze
with my debit card? were covered on another plan before joining Electric Distribution Manager
No. The debit card is only for eligible expenses the City’s plan. Contact Human Resources for Public Services-Electric Utilities
that are not reimbursable from another source,like more information.
your medical plan. If you also buy contact lenses or
glasses, ask for a separate itemized receipt. You can
use your debit card to purchase those items.
Can I use my Flex debit card for expenses
for my family if they are not on the City’s
Yes, as long as they are an eligible dependent as
defined by the IRS. Eligible dependents include
your spouse and children. Children qualify as long
as they meet the IRS definition of a qualifying child
or qualifying relative (the definitions are available
from the IRS or Human Resources). You can be
reimbursed for eligible expenses that are not SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY—The City of San Marcos Advanced Metering Infrastructure project
reimbursable from their plan. wins a second national award this year for the new “smart” water and electric meters being installed
throughout the community. The AMI project won the Utilities Telecom Council Apex Award for the new
Why did I get a questionnaire from TML? technology that will allow meters to be read remotely and customers to monitor their water and electric
Are they trying to keep from paying my use online. L-R are Mayor Susan Narvaiz,TomTaggart, Public Services Director,William Flynn and Ron Diaz,
claim? City employees, and Richard Stankiewicz,Technology Services Director; Back row: City Council Members
TML is protecting your benefits and the City’s Pam Couch, Fred Terry, Kim Porterfield, Gaylord Bose and John Thomaides.
Classified Ads Calendar of Employee Group
YOUR ADS ON LINE: Be sure to post your Events 2009
free classified ads on Cosmos, the City
Intranet at http://cosmos/CLASSIFIEDS/ Roya Williamson, (Tri-Chair) 2106
index.html on your city computer. You can
post photos too. Connection is available on Linda Garcia, (Tri-Chair) 8389
your City computer only.
Esther Carver, (Tri-Chair) 8012
Jessica Jenkins 8283
2 New Employee Orientation Activity Center
HOUSE–1913 Lisa Lane. 3 bedroom/2 (Policy & Safety) Kara Montiel 2651
bath. Great condition in quiet family Animal Services
neighborhood. $1200/month. Contact 3 New Employee Orientation Cynthia Knox 8095
Bob Zook at 353-4883. (Benefits) City Clerks’ Office
Andrew Freeman 8102
7 Labor Day Holiday City Manager’s Office
Cris Gonzalez 8135
9 Employee Group Meeting
Jennifer Shell 8133
16 Retirement Planning Transportation
By Andrew Freeman, Seminar
Robert Martinez 8033
Assistant to the Assistant City Managers Activity Center Transportation
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Carlos Rodriguez 8183
The City of San Marcos has launched an Finance
upgraded online citizen request system to 21 Deadline to order:
Tommy Norris 8464
replace the “InTouch” system used for the Red Ribbon T-Shirts Fire
past three years. Tory Turner 8464
23 Safety Coach Meeting
Citizens can log into the program on our Activity Center
Carolyn Linér 8073
website to request information, and it can Noon–1:30 p.m. Human Resources - Liaison
be used by departments to log and track
citizen inquiries and requests. Susie Rodriguez 8066
InTouch was purchased by WebQA at the Andy Quittner 8157
beginning of this year, and we were ap- Legal
proached with an opportunity to upgrade Tosca Cesaretti 8200
to their version at no extra cost. It is very Library
similar to the functions of InTouch, but with Susie Garcia 8195
a much more user friendly program. It Municipal Court
also has the capability to produce detailed Sandy Myers 8408
reports. For more information, please visit PARD
www.webqa.net/govoverview.asp. 6 New Employee Orientation
Kathy Woodlee 2630
(Policy & Safety) Permit Center
We recently had two trainings August 11 Phil Steed 8232
and August 14 to prepare users for the 8 New Employee Orientation
changeover. WebQA was launched on (Benefits)
Josh Garza 8400
August 24. Citizens who have previously Transportation
used InTouch will know where it is located 12 Employee Group Meeting
Steve Schuenemann 8025
on the website, but we will not begin more Transportation
promotion until September. 15 Mayor’s State of the City
Address Kyle Dicke 8309
This will allow everyone the opportunity
to become more familiar with the new 22 Employee Expo Manuel Vielma 8025
program. In case you missed the training, Water/Wastewater
WebQA has provided us with training vid- DerryAnn Gonzales 8043
eos, quick reference guides, and manuals. If 23 Wear Red Ribbon T-Shirts WIC
you have any questions, please email afree-