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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                Microfilm tec BOX Dallas fcx 75238 Census error gives city less inhabitants 1 The Bureau of the Census goofed when it tried to figure New Braunfels1 city officials discovered The census bureau apparently included residents of a large area to the north and east of the city when it compiled census data That which extends to Hays County north of town and to Bear and Jacobs creeks on the east is entirely out of the citj city planner Debra Goodwin That area includes 760 housing units occupied by an estimated according to census As a the mistake lowers the preliminary estimate of New Braunfels1 population from to That still represents a percent increase over the 1970 census figure of At press time city officials were attempting to get in touch with the Austin census office to find out what caused the That total will be higher when Che final figures are siflce preliminary figures do not include people living in areas annexed since The city annexed Sleepy Hollow and two strips along Highway 46 North and South in Preliminary data also does not include figures from 122 unclassified which are defined as units from which the census bureau has received no information from as Census figures estimate that people live in each city housing unit When applied to the unclassified the pTtelimirrary figure is raised to Preliminary figures also show the number of houses in New Braunfels is growing faster than the While population increased housirtg units jumped from to increase of As a the population per unit dropped New Texas ffOm in 1970 to 179 in Figures also listed 64 pet cent ol those units as Softie of those irtitts niay haire become occupied since the preliminary count and would not be reflected in preliminary The city has not yet received word conJ cerning when final data will be final data will be based on the citys boundaries as t of the bureau had i July 106 Pages 25 Cents USPS 377480 i l Parks termed pots of gold Sharon Phair makes a point to an attentive audience concerning entrance fees to city parks Landa Park Man Citing a 1977 Supreme Court case to back him City Attorney Irvin Boarnet said Monday it would be legal to charge an entrance fee to non residents who use Landa Park while allowing locals to use it Boarnet read his threepage opinion on the issue at Mondays joint workshop between City Council and Parks and Recreation Advisory The case Boarnet based his opinion et al Rudolph et decided on It arose from Arlington Countys attempt to stem the flow of commercial and industrial traffic into adjoining residential Several residential neighborhoods in the county had a were being clogged with cars parked by non residents who worked One particular area was located adjacent to a large commercial and office com As a the county passed a zoning ordinance directing its county manager to pinpoint these residential areas especially crowded with parked cars from outside the Acting under the the manager then designated restricted parking areas and issued free parking permits to residents of these to persons doing business with residents and to some No others were allowed to park there between 6 and 5 on week Violating the statute was made a misdemeanor Commuters who regularly parked in the residential area near the com mercial and office complex sued to enjoin the and the Virginia Supreme Court sided with See Page 4A Landa and Hinman Island parks are potential pots of but first the city must decide what it wants to do with That was the message land planning engineers Al Groves and Bob Frazer of the San Antonio firm of Frazer and Associates brought to Mondays joint workshop of City Council and Parks and Recreation Advisory The engineering firm designed the tube chute in Prince Solms Park and is currently doing engineering work for the Wurstfest Associations riverbank improvement project along the Comal The workshop was called to discuss the possibility of instituting an en trance charge to Landa and Hinman Island Before a fee proposal can on some park policies arid Groves One question which the advisory board posed at its last meeting con cerned the purpose of the Should it be to generate revenue or to reduce park they These are things that need to be decided Groves You need to decide what youre looking What is the intent of the parks system I think your chances for revenue are just Frazer Theres nothing wrong with charging a fee for what will rewarding experience for a After hearing their council and advisory board seemed to agree with Mayor Dannie Seay and Councilman Gerald who suggested the cityhirg sultant to help find the Responding to a question from City 4 Manager Groves said he could provide a preliminary proposal for City Council to consider at its next meeting He visioned the proposal as being in with the first dealing with immediate needs Island and the with the entiref parks Although the philosophy may be the fee proposal has run the Councilman Winkler The citizens have been un derwriting the park for he Its time to stop Advisory board chairman Carter Casteel and added a second avoid inconveniencing New Braunfels whatever option is Councilman Joe Rogers tossed in See Page 4A Utilities bonds sale approved Utilities Manager Bob Sohn has been saying all along he needs million in additional revenue bonds to make ends meet in fiscal Monday after being grilled by City Council on a variety of he received the approval to advertise for bids to sell the Utilities second million sale this Bids will be opened at a special council meeting Voters in 1974 approved the sale of million worth of Utilities The first million was sold for an ef fective interest rate of at a special council meeting That first issue channeled to the electric department and each to water and The latest sale will earmark each to electric and Utilities fiscal agent Floyd Westerman said he hoped the bonds would come in near a 7 percent in terest he said that hope may be a little Since no city of New Braunfels size sold bonds last he said he had no basis for comparison on interest According to preliminary budget figures for without the add ttonal the Utilities would be in the With the the Utilities would be in the although that figure becomes when the reserve and contingencies fund is Noting the last sale was only six months councilman Max Winkler asked when the next one might be Were going to need some more revenue bonds the way this community is Sohn He didnt say when the next one might but said it wouldnt be as hurried as this Another election would be required before the Utilities can issue additional City Manager Delashmutt pointed Sohn presented council with a list of at least three dozen capital projects planned for the next few The projects were listed in order of Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Tieken was concerned that extending sewer ser vice to the upper portion of Jentsch Acres wasnt one of the highpriority Extending sewer service the lower portion along CedarElm and the lower portion of Madeline Street is under but no plans have been developed for the remaining Jentsch Acres was annexed in early Delashmutt Tieken said this concerned since service had been extended to areas outside the city Sohn pledged to look into the which he said would cost at least He said he agreed with Tiekens adding he had uncovered several neglected areas within the city Is the Utilities operating at full ef councilman Gerald Schaefer Seventyfive to 80 percent of my time is spent worrying about Sohn Were doing our best and were going to be doing Councilman Joe Rogers felt the Utilities would soon be receiving in come which would eliminate the need for additional I think when I pay my July you wont need to sell any Rogers 1 I High flying puddle jumper Stall photo John Stevens and Jon Tillman right show how to avoid the large puddles left in the gutters by the much needed rains that graced the area The both from New were shopping downtown with their parents when the showers County tax rate 30 cents The Comal County Commissioners Court set the 1981 tax rate at 30 cents per assessed property The new rate is down from the 1980 rate of but because the court raised the assessment ratio June 20 from 27 percent of market value to 100 the rate actually constitutes an increase of The commissioners finished budget hearings last and passed the tax rite with i ffiuumum of discussion and a unanimous vote at their regular meeting County Judge Max Wommack broke down the rate into Us component Five cents will go for the upkeep of farmtomarket lateral cents is for the flood control 15 cents for flood control operating cents for the jury and cents for the general Expected revenues from the new rate are compared to for County Auditor Bate Barnes said Womwsck credited increased struction and the resultant new in dustry on the tax roils with keepiag the increase Two and onehalf percent is belay the point where we would have to hjgd a public he In other the court voted unanimously to approve purchase ol a highband radio with seajaner for Werner   

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