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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Landa Park gets a new golf pro See Sports Day Page 5 50 CENTS The Plaza bandstand New Braunfels Herald 1 A f JJ IY 2627 E YANriELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 180 8 Pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of COLLEEN SANCHEZ Vol 143 No M7 Inside Sports Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Caballero 11 and Colleen Sanchez 11 River information Comal River 308 cubic feet per second Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet up 06 foot Guadalupe River 581 cfs Free Tuesday at Childrens Museum The New Braunfels Rotary Club is sponsoring a Free First Tuesday at the Childrens Museum of New Braunfels on June 6 Special activities for the free afternoon include a peek inside the museums newest exhibit The Budding spelunkers can wear hard hats and head lamps and explore the cave formations as well as enjoy all the other exhibits Admission to the museum is free after noon on the first Tuesday of each month Rhythm on Parade marches into NBHS The biannual family variety show Rhythm On Parade is nearing curtain time at the New Braunfels High School Auditorium This years pro duction will be held Saturday June 10 Curtain time is 7 This extravaganza has something for everyone to enjoy from Broadwaystyle production numbers to the youngest little The cast from the New Braunfels Dance Studio under the direc tion of Joan Slocum Hannan performers from all around the local area Seating is limited so come early Doors open at 6 Tickets are and will be sold at the door District 1 Town Meeting tomorrow County Commissioner Cristi na Zamora and City Council man Juan Luis Martinez invite the public to a District 1 Town Meeting at 7 June 7 at the council chambers in the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Topics to be discussed include streets and drainage public health San Antonio Col lege veteran affairs and more Fire Museum opening The grand opening of the New Braunfels Fire Museum will be Saturday June 10 A parade from San Antonio Street to the Central Fire Sta tion will kick things off at 10 followed by a barbecue lunch bake sale and other fes tivities Concert in the Park The annual Concert in the Park series continues Thurs day June 8 at atthe Landa Park Shell Admissiqn to the concerts is free and concessions will be Individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs coolers picnic baskets children and friends to Landa Park This weeks performer is country and rock band Grapes of Wrath No glass containers are allowed in the park Rainedout concerts may not be resched uled City scrambles to find cash for July 4 fireworks By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hockey action Andy Gallegos and Adam Gallegos battle for the ball during a game of roller hockey on Cross Street yesterday Rickie Garza minds the net Funding for the City of New Braun fels Fourth of July Fireworks display has fizzled Bill Rainer the new gen eral manager of told City Manager Mike Shands that the radio station would not be able to spon sor the fireworks as it has in recent years Shands informed city council at last nights special meeting that attempts to find another sponsor had been fruit less so far tax revenues could not legally be used to pay for fireworks City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said City council members hope that patriotic individuals businesses and civic groups will help the city foot the to bill That way area residents will be able to enjoy the tra ditional Landa Park fireworks display on Independence Day I dont know of any other entertainment event in the city that appeals to such a broad spectrum of CouncilwQman Brenda Freeman The city will be collecting donations for the fireworks display at the Munic ipal Building 424 S Castcll Street The sooner donations come in the bet ter City Manager Mike Shands said Zambelli the fireworks company needs a commitment from us very Shands said They need to allo cate fireworks and personnel Any size donations are welcome Former General Manager Hal Widstcn had taken over sponsoring the fireworks as a favor to the after the Jaycccs stopped funding them Shands said But Wiclstcn said he never intended for the radio stations to fund the fire works indefinitely Shands said I dont know of any other enter tainment event in the city that appeals to such a broad spectrum of Councilwoman Brenda Freeman said In other action the public didnt show up at the public hearing on two annexation proposals No one stepped up to the microphone to speak One would annex the Wornick Property next to the city limits on FM 1102 The other property on Frcihcit Road includes Canyon Middle Pro viding police protection for the middle school is the main reason for the Frci hcit Road annexation Lack of public input made the spe cial city council meeting it adjourned in less than half an hour City and county pursue agreement to improve Eikel Field By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court is holding a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the future for Eikel Field and the Faust Street Bridge projects Residents near Eikel Field expressed a desire to improve the park These planned improvements included a playscape a picnic area and a hike and bike trail Comal County and the City of New Braunfels were working together on these devel opments The city owns the land and was willing to match funds provided by the county and allow the county to develop the area The county applied for a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment to help pay for this park along with creat ing a park on land just south of Canyon Dam However there were two problems with the grant application The first problem was that the county does not own the land This means the county cannot legally develop the land The second problem is that even if the land did County plans for park were stalled by grant requirements and legal questions belong to the county they still would not be allowed to receive the grant because the public bathrooms do not meet ADA requirements regarding wheelchair accessibility Eikel Field was removed from the grant to prevent the denial of funds for the second park near Canyon Dam The county had allocated for Eikel Field Now the county must decide how to use that money and how to improve Eikel Field Laws prohibit the county from simply giving the city the money to develop it However the two can enter into an agreement in which an exchange is made County Judge Carter Casteel said one suggestion was that the agreement involve the Faust Street bridge Tom Hornseth county engineer said the Faust Street Bridge Project is a plan to restore the bridge crossing the Guadalupe River The large metal bridge joining the mill area and a residen tial area is closed and has been for many years Casteel said the Texas Department of Trans portation awarded the county a grant to refur bish and reopen the bridge as a pedestrian and bike crossing Many have seen it as a way of joining the two sides of said Casteel Hornseth said the completion of the bridge would depend on the coordination of the two He said this is because the actual bridge is the countys responsibility However he said the city has control of the rights of way right up to the bridge and under it He said any work on the bridge would then require an agreement with the city allowing the work to be done It was already in the back of our minds that we had to form an agreement with the city to com plete the Faust Street Bridge Project When IZikcl Field came up we said why not just discuss them both in a single said Hornseth Casteel said a possible agreement the county and city may look at is having the city run and maintain the bridge after the county has piid to have it reopened She said this could possibly be part of an exchange involving the development of Eikel Field Were looking at how to form a cooperation between the city and the county to accomplish she said A public discussion on the Faust Street bridge and Eikel Field projects is being held at 9 Wednesday at he County Courthouse The com missioners court the city council and members of both staffs will be present for the discussion Casteel said a presentation will be given to show how the city and county may be able to work together to complete both projects Casteel said citizens interested in the projects arc welcome to attended Some love them some hate them but river tourists are here to stay By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Some get drunk some appall prop erty owners with their bad manners many trash a local natural treasure all bring dollars to the local economy Theyre Guadalupe River tourists and New Braunfels doesnt know whether to love or hate them or quite what to do with them If you look at the fact that we advertise to bring people here and look at the mindset of most of the people in the state of Texas the major draw is not the water or the weather but the good time to be had by Zero Rivers of Rockin R River Rides said For many who own riverside prop erty no economic gain can make up for the abuse and the trash Riverside home owners like Fonda Wetsel pick up bottles and cans left by tourists Water Oriented Recreation District WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo said They take verbal abuse from drunk and obnoxious tourists know her love of the river and her home and her back yard and the abuse she has taken throughout the is upsetting Mayo said The WORD Board is a mix of prop erty owners law enforcement officers outfitters and others who have interests in the river AH strive to balance some times opposing interests for the preser vation of the river as an economic resource and a natural treasure WORD contributed funds so that the Comal County Sheriffs Depart ment could beef up river patrols 1 think the police department and the sheriffs department do a wonderful Rivers said An outfitter who thinks deputies are too aggressive will be on the WORD boards next agenda as well as sev eral homeowners who think the deputies were not nearly aggressive enough said I noticed that with all the officers out it seemed busy but the tourists seem to be getting the real estate broker Bridget McDougall said McDougall rents properties along the river Literally tons of trash pose a threat to the river whether you consider it a livelihood or an ecosystem to be pre served Each fall it takes hundreds of volunteers to make a small dent in the trash left by summer floaters Last fall when a section of Preiss Heights cliff fell into the river the riv er became packed shore to shore with thousands of cans floating up from the bottom Mayo said Some were so old that they opened with he said There is plenty of blame to go around for trashing the river McDougall said I did see plenty of beer cans thrown by River Road in the she said We find tires bicycles washing machines in the Rivers said Tourists didnt put those Some argue that banning alcohol on the river and encouraging family type tourists would take care of the litter problem Lets look at Disney land after it closes Only families go Rivers said What do you see Tourists and trash go hand in hand he said If New Braunfels wants one it has to deal with the other Some outfitters should take more responsibility for keeping the river clean Mayo said They should have cleanup people out there on the river when the tourists are in there not just after they he said Seeing parties float down the river should be no surprise Rivers said If you go places where tourist business es thrive these are the activities that people partake he said New Braunfels should try to market itself selectively to weed out undesir ables some say We are attracting the kind of people on the river we dont Mayo said Putting a large amount of seasonal tourists into a small space like the riv er will always create some problems Rivers said How do we grade for responsibility he said The WORD board has made changes for the good Mayo said Get ting property owners to sit down with law enforcement officials and outfitters is a huge step he said The WORD board is a good bal ance that works well together Rivers said Problems on the river are com plex and wont go away overnight he said We are making inroads into the problems but it takes a very long time if youre going to do it without killing the goose that laid the golden Rivers said HeraldZeiluny photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Summer is coming The sun sets behind a windmill at 482 and Old Nacoydoches Road yesterday High temperatures are expected to be about 95 degrees through Thursday Things should cool off just a bit Friday with an expected high of 91 degrees and a chance of thunderstorms New findings show Comal Springs are unique and deserve protection See Page 4   

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