Aug 04

Open Data New Braunfels

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 7:04 PM by Jenna Vinson

Open Data New Braunfels
Productivity warning: You might spend hours investigating the cool maps available on the Open Data New Braunfels webpage. The GIS team has created a great resource for our community with a central location for GIS data, map applications, dashboards and PDF maps.

The information is provided in an open format for residents, businesses, consultants, and anyone else who would like to utilize the geospatial data maintained and administered by City staff. You can map out specific neighborhoods, parks, the hike and bike trails, floodplains, zoning assignments and more. It’s a wealth of information and a ton of fun to explore!

Once you’re hooked on the Open Data maps, if you want to try your hand at learning GIS, free e-learning is available through the City. CLICK HERE to access the e-learning resources. And look for some upgrades coming soon. GIS is underway with Enterprise GIS platform upgrades to 10.7.1, estimated completion in September

Aug 04

Fitness Discounts & Open Enrollment

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 2:45 PM by Jenna Vinson

Open Enrollment FlyerHealth insurance open enrollment for is August 31st through September 4th. You can self-enroll online, self-enroll via a computer lab in the HR suite, or enroll by phone with a Benefits Counselor. Contact Adam Kinyicky for more information.

Speaking of health: fitness is an important part of staying health and to help you reach your fitness goals, City of New Braunfels employees receive discounted gym membership rates. Gypsy Waltz Yoga was recently added to the list of discounted fitness centers which also includes American Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Das Rec, Gold’s Gym, and Orange Theory Fitness.

CLICK HERE for the discounted rates for these fitness centers and if you are currently enrolled with any of the listed fitness centers at a different rate, please inform the fitness center or Human Resources so they can change your rate accordingly.

Jul 10

We Will Get There Together

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 10:21 AM by Jenna Vinson

Guadalupe River

Robert Camareno - CopyOver the past few months I’ve written about the Coronavirus, social distancing and hygiene, business closures, travel restrictions and modified work schedules. Since March, my and my team’s attention has been almost solely on the pandemic and our community’s response. And then, over the past few weeks we’ve planned for local protests similar to those we are seeing across the nation related to race, history and inclusion. All of these on top of the day-to-day work we all must accomplish. I’ll say it again: these are challenging times.   

If you have not been directly impacted by either, I am confident you know someone who has. None of these events have easy answers or a clear roadmap to follow. I am often so disturbed reading the comments I see online filled with misinformation and often hate. It is during these times that as a City family, we must pull together. I believe one of the things that makes us a strong and capable organization is our diversity: in race, ethnicity, life experience, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, professional background, and so many other things. And its these diversities that make us strong and compassionate public servants as we are out interacting with our community every day.

Mayor Brockman has asked me to help him create community conversations to understand what the City of New Braunfels can do to understand citizen and employee perspectives on intergroup relationships. The first session scheduled for this week was with a very small group of community leaders and stakeholders. One of the requests the Mayor has for those participating in this initial group is to help plan and own more sessions that would expand the conversations to include more citizens and City 
employees. I look forward to what these sessions produce and to sharing that with you in future editions of the newsletter.

If you are feeling like I am - stressed, sometimes overwhelmed and discouraged - I encourage you to reach out. I am lucky to have a support network both here and at home that help me refocus on what is important and regenerates my energy to tackle these tough issues. If you need support in any way, reach out to a coworker, a confidant or I encourage you to contact our EAP for confidential support. CLICK HERE for EAP contact information.

I ask you to join me in encouraging one another, reaching out to someone who may be really struggling and extending grace to others during this time. We are One City One Team, and even with an unknown future, we will get there together.

- Robert