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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                Dallas x s 132 Pages USPS I ir I T Steady flow Park survey counts 11 Is By Robert Johnson Until last no one in City Hall had any idea how many people use the Landa Park complex on a typical summer Last weekends survey of the complex helped fill in that information and the figures it produced were nothing short of Survey results show an estimated vehicles carrying people entered Hinmari Island and Prince Solms Parks bet ween 8 and 8 last Judging from the the figures took everyone by City Council members to the sunburned officers who took the survey in blistering 102degree Thats a host of Mayor Bonnie Seay said as he examined the figures at Mondays council I thought we were having a gasoline Councilman Joe Rogers Councilman Gerald Schaefer made reference to a recent comment from state Bennie who said last week he felt tourism locally was nearing the saturation Maybe Bock was Schaefer Maybe we reached the saturation Figures also indicated that 45 percent of the people counted were local After digesting the council agreed not to conduct the survey this since it was felt Fourth of July traffic would not give an accurate picture of usage on a typical Council also agreed to have Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discuss the figures and decide whether or not to hold the survey on another the survey was to have been held the weekend of June 2122 as but heavy rain on June 21 and a forecast of more rain the next day resulted in the survey being canceled that Uniformed officers stationed at three of six park entrances counted carJs and noted how many people were in each They also asked whether or not the occupants were local and if they planned to use park Traffic counters were used to estimate traffic flow at the remaining thfiee The busiest entrance turned out to be the intersection of Landa Street and Landa Park A total of cars entered the park backing up traffic to Zink Street during peak Traffic was so heavy at that Detective Mario Guerrero who volunteered for duty and wound up working all 24 hours of the survey said he had to abandon his relief role and help out Guerrerb was to roam from post to giving officers on duty a chance to But traffic at the Landa entrance was so he ended up spending almost all 24 hours helping out It was just too much for one he on the other side of the park pale Detective Jim Buntyn was working on an involuntary suntan counting heads and cars going into Hinman island Park near its intersection with Liberty At Mondays council City Manager Delashmutt described Buntyn as burnt like a Contacted at his office Buntyn said that was an accurate One person took pity on him and handed him a soft he Delashmutt said a few cars made a hasty exit when they saw the Buntyn said several people handed him their drivers Guerrero noted he didnt have a chance to eat the entire Guerrero said he and his partner at the Landa entrance did their best to follow the shade as the heat They started the survey fairly close to the but finally wound up near the miniature golf course as the day wore The survey had been touted as an in formation tool to determine the feasibility of a future park entrance Delashmutt said some drivers saw the thought a fee was already in and parked outside the park as a Both Buntyn and Guerrero said most people were because of the Guerrero said he wasnt anxious to do it n Heat wave Roger New Braunfels quenches his thirst after extinguishing a grass Although people can revitalize them selves after being in the the ground continues to crack and corn is ruined by the desicating Staff photos by John Senter Too cool fry egg It wasnt hot enough to fry an egg in the street this as Elizabeth Podgurski discovered when she tried it when the mercury hit 103 Friday But it was hot enough for most Comal County residents trapped in a record heat wave which has blistered Texas for two Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees each with a high for the week of 104 being recorded But Elizabeths egg still wouldnt fry on the hot pavement of Marigold despite the fact that she and two friends kept a close eye on it from the curb and surrounded it with shoes so motorists would know not to run over Daughter of and Charles Elizabeth became enthralled with the idea after hearing her mother remark one Its not enough to fry an egg in the Last after calling the time and temperature telephone number and finding out the temperature had risen to Podgurskj gave her an egg and told her to give it a Not even a little See TOO Page 3A creation t By Wanda Lasater McKenna Memorial Hospital moved e step closer to getting the funds for pansion this week when Cqmal mnty commissionersapproved the creation of a hospital The Comal County Hospital Authority will have the power to sell revenue bonds but no taxing power to fund construction of facilities or equipment purchase for the The could not be used for the operation of the Bonded indebtedness will be repaid from the revenue at the Commissioners also appointed a sevenperson of directors for the Directors are Jesse Garcia of 756 Pat Hernandez of Box Callie Meeks of Box Canyon Margaret Naegelin of 681 Jack Reinke of 163 Mitchell of 457 and Stanley Woodward of 457 This is not to be confused with a hospital district which does i taxing said board member He said the hospital board hopes the authority can sell the revenue bonds to f hosnitalV addition of 30 ex pansion of ancillary and addition of a surigcal Reagan said selling the revenue bonds through the hospital authority is the least expensive way to finance the Hospital financial adviser Floyd Westerman of Allison of San Antonio told commissioners the taxexempt bonds will have a higher percentage rate than general obligation bonds which are repaid from taxes but a lower rate than bonds sold by a private He added it is still too early to put a dollar amount on a possible bond issue since a very sophisticated financing will have to be designed after the feasibility study is A firm was hired last week by the hospital board to complete the Hospital Elliot by the hospital in 1969 and there is a tentative fiobrplan for the expansion which could be changed after the l feasibility study is The next step in the process will be for the authority to hire a bond un Knox said the preliminary ap plication for a certificate of need for has been filed with Camino Real Health System Agency which will then forward it to Alamo Area Council of Governments and the state for After the team is pulled together the application will be Putting together the team of financial contractors and said to complete the needed work is a job that will take many hours and many Zipp must build Utilities budget bridge Bob Sohn and Karl Zipp are going to have to build a but it wont be the that carries cars over a Sohn and manager and assistant manager of New Braunfels Utilities found out Tuesday they will have to build a bridge between the companys 197Jh80 and 198061 budgets to ease the concerns of Utilities Trustees expressed those concerns during a workshop A second workshop has been scheduled for next Wednesday at 3 Under former manager Richard the budget was brpken down into three water and Indicating he wanted to include each department head in the budgetary process which he said hadnt been done Sohn listed proposed expenditures for each of the Utilities 11 To make each department head responsible for his portion of the Sohn felt he had to break the budget down along those trustees were concerned that the new budget made comparing 198081 with 197980 Im not real pleased with trustee Bill Richter Im gonna have to go home and go through this a little bit This may all be he But Ive got to have time with One item which trustees were concerned about came on a sheet recapping water and sewer The sheet listed water expenditures for 198081 at double the spent in Another could be found in the next column under sewer A total of was penciled in for compared to for the current Trustee Belbert George said he liked the new but added these two figures concerned Sohn felt the deference was simply the result of funds being allocated differently than in previous Zipp felt some of the difference could be explained by the manner in which labor is it was charged in a separate capital he In the preliminary it has been charged to each department I know this is new to Sohn But weve got to make the jump He said the information trustees want is not readily But he said later he felt it could be Trustee John Ruppel pointed out some of the differences could be due to the fact that Sohn was trying to build up the Sledge relied more on outside he pointed The budget which Sohn described as will be dependent on sale of an additional million worth of bonds by trustees and City Council to make ends With bond which were approved by the voters in Sohn estimated the Utilities would end the next fiscal year with a net revenue of without the the Utilities would up in the The reason behind this is the large number of capital projects either under way or planned for the coming fiscal Sohn A total of 36 were listed in the not including contingencies and miscellaneous Sohn said he felt good about revenue the most notable of which is a projected percent increase in in dustrial electric Increased consumption at the Texas Industries cement plant and beginning of operations at the General Portland cement plant are the main factors in the he He projected a percent increase in residential electric revenue a percent increase in commercial electric a 9 percent increase in water and a four percent jump in Both Sohn and trustees have expressed concern that water and sewer werent generating enough Sohn sjj4 ao increase in these departments was programmed for tbs current fiscal but It didnt I do think we should be thinking about a water and sewer Soon   

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