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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas 257 410 EMP PO MICROFILM CO 816423 75331 Drainage study longrange plan for flood control New Braunfels Herald DAVIDMAY Staff Writer After more than a century of growth and development with little specific attention to how water behaves tinder extreme New tJratittfels will pay almost for a study that is intended to offer fevetything from maps and estimates lo the ordinance protecting atrisk Developers have objected to the plan but have been required to pay fees for the past year that will pay more than half Che cost of the study by outside A drainage committee chaired by architect Gene Rutherford has recommended the study after lengthy and at limes con flictlng testimony and The objections of developers center aroiind what they see as possible ex pense lo be incurred by developers for drainage We are pay ing for something that doesnt benefit us it benefits the said builder developer stretching his arms in an indicating the cost borne by developers might be The proposal of Freese and Nichols a private engineering firm selected from a field of 14 submitting was accepted by Required is a comprehensive water shed management study for the city whiqh could culminate in a set of or dinances designed to minimize the impact of slorm water The overall which will Stammtisch cost up to actually contains five separate each con tingent on the portion of study and recommendations of the preceding The city council can stop the study at any time and payments to the consultant are on com pletion of the respective units of The city has agreed to pay up to hair the Council also approved a 10 percent cost contingency for any additional documents or maps above the materials provided by The five steps and their in order of are A backwater develop ment of local design of watershed drafting of an and preparation of all back up While the studys costs are set at City Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said its value to the city is much I would have to truly say its worth four or five times he Included in the study will be a financial plan for future and current drainage Weve been developing for 100 years without an organixed approach to Developments are not as enhanced as they should he Dobrowolski said proposal con siderations given by the Drainage Advisory which has been See Page 2A 94 Two 18 Pages Thursday May 25 Cents It will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and this even Even with overcast skies the high will be in the upper Friday is more of the same with Southeasterly winds of 10 a 30 percent chance of and partly cloudy skies with lows p the 70s and afternoon high jn the upper Arson suspected New Braunfels firefighters bring a hose up to the flames of a fire that occurred at an abandoned mechanics shop at Grape Street and Michigan on the citys West End Wednesday Fire in vestigators are handling the which guttedthe struc as a suspected Children playing near the building recalled hearing glass break around the struc ture moments before residents saw smoke and flames erupting from Apparently no one saw anyone running from the According to a near by the owners of the building had moved out only two weeks The fire started around 10 according to witness Photo by Leslie California has Save the Whales New Braunfels and Comal County have Save the fellow pyromaniacs and friends of The Tom Corbin is spearheading bottle rocketing a New Braunfels Jaycees effort to raise more than to pay for a professional fireworks show July 4 in Landa We all know the reasons thats not impor Holloway has donated Comal United Tax payers has donated Harold coughed up whichfor himis big Wurstfest Association another and Craig Sagebiel has donated copy services for let ters of solicitation for Save the The address to which you can send donations for this wouldbe event is Box New Texas And keep your powder One mo There most surely will be garbage collection May Memorial Please remember that have your trash out on the Our sanitation folks will be on the Weve told you about all the neat stiJff going on this coming but one event that surely is worth See Page 2A Comal County bill pending BySVVRAH DUKE Writer x v Authors of a bill to establish a park district in Countyexpect scrutiny and questioning but no opposi V tion as the bill reaches the Texas Senate this TheTexas House of Representatives approved the Jibiiron its third reading passing it over to the approval House gives resTdehMhe right to establish thefirst J fy will have a But 1 do ex of Its kind inthe the Developed by a group of local residents concernedabout the future and Comal the bill was sponsored House by Edmund Kuempel of X draft a dlstrlqtrif approved by local creates changes A bdardcharged with overseeing activity maintaining and financing public tboa conserving natural resources and protecting public administrati administration included in the ng with river the Once transferred from the Housej the be refened to the Senates Natural Resources Sfrhs administrative said the senator is ready for scrutiny of the bill because be used as a model forsimilar throughout the pr a t what happens with a bill that is of a local the people in the committee leave it up to the Spivey county voters if boundaries could m Commissioners nts can force an the district Council makes hard decision on tax rate hike By DAVIDMAY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council made what officials have long called a hard decision Wednesday night and voted unanimously to increase ad valorem rates by thereby saving the police personal car pro gram and providing city employees a small pay City Manager Joe Michie presented council with a budget total ing million balanced by deleting in line Michie proposed that council adopt a 21 per cent property tax rate which adds 6 cents to the current rate of cents per The tax rate increase approved by which will make an effective tax rate of 36 allowed the reinstatement of to provide the police department with eight new patrol vehicles to maintain the cur rent takehome car program at a cost of That cost represents a one year share of a threeyear lease pur chase with the balance to go in to a special contingency fund account for employee costofliving ad justments amounting to less than 3 Michies budget cuts that did re main part of the new proposal includ ed the termination of positions for the city finance a planning department clerk and two parks department as well as the deletion of three pickups and various other line item The assistant city manager and budget See PagelA City finance director suffers heart attack Bar owners serve up petitions say late hours beckon tourists By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer A determined group of local tavern owners vowed Wednesday to go before the New Braunfels City Council with a plan to change drinking hours in the Saying tourists dont want to spend their vacations in a place where the sidewalks roll up at one liquor store owner said a change in drinking hours could help to greatly increase the tourist Calling the city council a group of businessminded Margie owner of Knox said she feels the council will be receptive to allowing businesses to serve alcohol until 2 bars and clubs are required to stop serving alcohol at except on Saturdays when they can stay open until 1 leader of the effort to change serving is ar ming herself with petitions calling for the later She said she and those helping her are accumulating data concerning the citys sales tax revenue and alcoholic beverage tax revenue since serving hours were cut in Group members want to be ready for every question when they go before the city the business people Rich said she is requesting a spat on the councils next The group of about 10 business owners and managers took petitions from Rich to circulate among then Rich said sjie alreajdy Jiajs several pgtitions signed by her The petitions will be presented to city she as evidence of public support for later hours well get enough sjgnajmjes to sjiow that its going to sbje While several of the bar owners and managers were less than optimistic about tjbeir the group began mobilizing for a Rich ujgejj peopte to circulate voter registratiofl cajrdj5 to their cusjtqjnjf If it has to go to an we syant ppple registered to vote who are for slxe A popular election changed serving OOMTS to Tqe city ordinance restricting nowrs can be resctodjd by either a vote by the city council or another general elec tionRich said a general election would be nwACb wore ex pensive to tbe Daniel an employee at tbe Scbnaps I think the public sees this move like its all for If the tourists are going to stay here because they can party with theyre going to be spending money with other Its going to be for the good of the Margie Rich Knox Landing New Braunfels City Finance Direc tor Jim Jeffers suffered a heart at tack at his home Tuesday evening and was reported this morning to be in good but guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit at San Antonios Humana Metropolitan The 50yearold Jeffers reported to family members experiencing chest pains Tuesday He was taken to the San Antonio facility from McKen na Memorial Hospital so a new technical procedure implanting a plastic bubble into the main artery of the heart would open the artery and clear any said his son to He had a better night last night than he had the night said the family mumber He was but wasnt feeling any pain We hope he can be removed from intensive care by tomorrow It was Jeffers first heart Earlier Jeffers had learned of the decision to terminate his position at City Hal due to budget His was one of four posi tions proposed for elimination under budget cutbacks under consideration by the city City Manager Joe Michie revealed Jeffers heart attack to City Council Wednesday night during a special budget Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and his fami Michie one reason the late hours were changed three years ago was a lack of cooperation among bar owners in com bating the Others said former city council members were caught up in the antidrunk driver frenzy at the time and lost sight of their responsibilities to the business Aubrey owner of the Schnaps said with the construction of Sea World in San this area will continue to grow as a major tourist location if those tourists can find without late drink ing tourists will go elsewhere to enjoy their vaca he Bar owners and managers said they think the early drinking hours hujrt not only their but also business of convenience stores and all other ven turfs that benefit from tourists Rich saying tourists already are going to Ca nyojj or San Antonio for entertainment after New Brawnfels businesses I think the public sees this njove lifee its all for If the tourists are going to stay here can party with theyre going to be napney with other Its going to be for the she I have a gut feeling we can do it But its going to take We can get things done in nunipers wSre you cant Rich said John njanager of pointed out that the public needs an education about club He said the publie hss wisconceptions fears serv ing See Page 2A
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