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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW 78 PELS 2627IYflHBELL DR EL PfiSO TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 40 14 pages in 1 section January jp A y County since 1852 Rangers wall moving back back back 50 cents Days of ieasy home runs are going going gone BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School baseball players will find it more difficult to hit one out of the ballpark this season and they couldnt be happier Work is under way at Ranger Park to move the outfield fence back about 20 feet to create a regulationsize high school base ball field To the casual observer it doesnt sound like a big improvement but to the Smithson Valley baseball team it could make a world of difference The Rangers have felt a little out of their I I league for several years as they tried to play a high school level game on a Little Leaguesize field A 12year old Little League field mea sures 300 feet all the way around the out field fence and our field measures 299 feet all Smithson Valley baseball coach Matt Gustafson said The work being done will change the dimensions to 320 feet down the line and 355 feet dead Every sport has its share of avid fans but even die most loyal of sports fanatics would be hard pressed to rival local Ranger baseball fans Several anonymous donors in Comal Independent School District gave as well as their own blood sweat and tears to see the dream of Smithson Valley baseball players become a reality Roy Linnartz director of maintenance for Comal Independent School District said several individuals approached super intendent Jerry Major about their willing ness to pay for the expansion This is something that coaches players and parents have wanted for several years and I think they got together and decided to make it Linnartz said Gustafson said Ranger baseball players were excited by the prospect of a season with a new expanded field Theyre always asking me what the chances are that theyre going to get a new field and now they know that its for sure They realize that this is a pretty good he said Its about senior baseball player See Gustafson leaves Canyon Cougar coach AD accepts Churchill job BY TOM ERICKSON News Editor Coach Carl Gustafson who led Canyon High School to its most suc cessful football season in school histo ry has a new job Gustafson accepted the position of athletic football coach at San Antonio Churchill on Wednes day His first day is today It was really a tough decision for our Gustafson said Its a deci sion based on what we feel is The Cougar football team was 15 19 in two seasons under Gustafson but advanced to the regional final game in 1998 Gustafson said he gave the news to the football team on Wednesday after noon It was really he said but they will over come it I cant say enough about the student body at Canyon High Gustafson will replace Irl Kincaid who is the new at San Antonio Reagan Gustafson grad uated from Churchill in 1980 GUSTAFSON Park process begins Above Shawn Schora winds up for a throw from the Prince Solms disc golf No 8 hole Wednesday afternoon In the background damage from the Oct 17 remains evident at the tube chute Left Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touring the city this week to look over damage to parks and recreation areas including Hinman Island Prince Solms Park and Landa Park ROBIN HeraldZeitung City employees targeting flood damage this week BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Restoring city parks to their preflood condition has kept New Braunfels Parks and Recreation crews busy for more than two months Federal Emergency Management Agency offi cials also are in town this week to look over the damage in the citys parks city chief financial offi cer Chet Lewis said Parks and recreation officials said this week cleanup efforts were nearly finished with some repairs still planned before city parks start bustling with visitors in the spring Landa Park arguably the cornerstone of the citys park attractions was scheduled for structural repairs after cleanup was finished We have most of the debris picked up except for the area near the parks and recreation director Iris Neffendorf said Structural work reportedly was scheduled for the park office and a number of other facilities at Lan da Park A major renovation was slated for the Olympicsize swimming pool at the park New Braunfels City Council on Monday hired a San Antonio company to perform a rehabilitation of the pool The renovation was a planned project that predated the October flood Its going to be a stateoftheart Unique Pools and Gardens general manager Terry Smith said Floodwaters that swamped the park contributed to See Waldrip calls for DPS probe on alleged assault charge Removal a possibility if Mullins is convicted BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Criininal District Attorney Dib WaW Wednesday he would ask the Texas ment of Public Safety to investigate an assault allegation against Comal County Pet 4 Con stable Ed Mullins Mullins is accused of assaulting a 12yearold Canyon Lake girl who was babysitting in the lake area on Friday night The girls mother Canyon Lake her daughter was notjaurt Waldrip said thainfor mation gathered by Comal County Sheriffs Office indicated the case merited further investigation When contacted Tuesday Mullins said he did nothing improper Ive been up here for more than 20 years in law enforcement and I know what the law says I can and cannot he said Mullins was not available for comment on Wednesday Mullins has been the constable in Pet 4 since 1973 Before that he worked for 13 years in the sheriffs office Waldrip said he would write a letter to the colonel in charge of DPS operations explain ing why an outside agency should investigate the case If Waldrips request is approved agents from DPS intelligence or Texas Rangers would be assigned to the case If convicted of assault Mullins would not be removed from office automatically The Texas Constitution allows for constables and other county officials to be removed from office by a district court for incompetency official misconduct habitual drunkenness or other causes defined by The district attorney would have to file a case in district court A jury would decide if the official should be removed MULLINS INSIDE New Braunfels sees 13 percent jump in sales tax rebate BY BILL OCONNEU Staff Writer New Braunfels saw its January sales tax rebate jump 13 percent compared the same check the city got last year City officials got a rebate check from Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander this month The January 1998 pay ment was Portions of the monthly rebates received by New Braunfels are used to help pay the cost of infrastructure improvements and economic development However the bulk of the funds go to the citys general operating fund Sales tax rebate funds also are used by the city to hold down the cost of property taxes New Braunfels chief financial officer Chet Lewis said in January sales tax rebates went to the citys general fund an increase of more than 26 percent above the budgeted for this month The rebates received by New Braunfels in January were from actual sales taxes collect ed by the city during November I would say its a good indicator because that was right after the October Lewis said On the other hand Lewis said the flood might have caused more economic activity in New Braunfels than the city otherwise might not have seen A better indicator of the citys economic cal year Lewis said Yeartodate sales tax rebates received by the city were million an percent surplus compared to the million projected Rylander announced January sales tax rebates totaling million to Texas cities and 118 counties a percent increase more than the January 1998 allocation Tm delighted to begin serving in die office of comptroller as the state of Texas begins another promising Rylander said Januarys payments included local sales taxes collected by monthly filers in Novem ber at the start of the traditional holiday ping season and reported to the comptroller in December Sales tax rebates totaling nuluon were paid to Texas cities whUe Texas counties received rebates vwth mute   

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