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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                EELS 2627 TX ITUNG Vol 148 No 177 52 pages in 4 sections July Qj TVTfx ServingComal County since 1852 INSIDE Universal design Find out how you can live comfortably in your own home even if you are con fined to a wheelchair An open house today in New Braunfels will introduce the community to the concepts of universal School crossing Registration begins Monday for some area school campus es as the new school year is fast approach ing Check out what your cam pus has planned J4A Leading the pack American Lance Armstrong has a commanding lead in cyclings premier event the Tour de France His success in the race is even more remarkable because he is returning after a battle with testicular cancer Find out what he thinks about his suc cess so far and his comeback WEATHER That summer heat weve been expecting has made its arrival in the Hill Country and it looks like its going to stick around for a while See page 2A for the forecast INDEX My Time for change Bmdzoil pitman Carl Higgins inspects a vehicle at the new Bradzoil location on Texas 46 For more see page 6B CISD wants to cut bus ride time Administrators pay raise also on agenda BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A proposed bus transportation plan set to go on line next spring could cut student riding time divide elementary and secondary students on buses and save tax payer dollars Comal Independent School Dis trict trustee Lester W Jonas plans JONAS Texas 46 near Bulverde to recommend changes to transportation policies and procedures when the board meets 6 Tuesday at Bill Brown Elemen tary School 20410 West See ON TAP WHO CISD trustees WHEN 6 Tuesday WHERE Bill Brown Elementary School WHY Bus transporta tion plan administrators pay raise and land purchase for Comal Elementary expan Twenty years ago New Braunfels famous waterpark opened with four slides With a funnysounding name and a handful of young workers it Bahn to succeed WAILVHeraldZeitung Terri Adams general manager of Schlitterbahn Waterpark started working at the waterpark when it opened 20 years Throughout the years she has sold Tshirts worked in concessions and worked in accounting Now she oversees operations of one of the countrys most popular waterparks BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Then Terri Adamsstart V Y ed her career with Schlitterbahn 20 years ago the park only had four slides and a handful of teenagers took turns playing the role of ticket seller T shirt vendor and life guard When the park opened there were only a couple of us and the family and we did everything We only had the four castle slides which we still have Adams said From that we built more attractions and branched out into food service and But bigger slides and more concession stands arent the only differ ences between the Schlitterbahn of yesterday and the one today The water park with the funny name now is rated as one of the best water amusement parks in the coun try and spans 65acres with more than 40 rides and 200 resort rooms Celebrating its 20th anniversary this month Schlitterbahn just opened its 40th attraction Hank Hideout during the 1999 season ROAD TO SUCCESS Photo submitted The Henry left Jeff Bob Billye Jana and Schlitterbahn from the ground up Adams now general manager of Schlitterbahn said she never predict ed the success of the park when it opened in July 1979 I was 15 so my view was a little different but owner Bob Henry had some original drawings of what he expected it to look she said Adams called the Henrys includ See 1979 opens with four water slides starting from a German style castle 1991 A25acre addition about three blocks from the main park is added 1996 fouracre Blastenhoff section opens next to Surfenburg with cuttingedge rides such as the Torrent Wave River and the Master Blaster uphill water coaster 1999 Hans Hideout a five story water fun house opens in the parks Blastenhoff section How neighbors businesses have been affected by Schlitterbahns success Council debates bond vote on Monday BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels residents interested in help ing city council prioritize fixture bond issues might want to attend Mondays meet ing A possible bond issue is one of the last items on the agenda for the meeting at 424 S Castell Ave The priority will be streets and Mayor Stoney Williams said listing widen ing Walnut Street and fixing drainage on Landa Street as important projects Funding for hike and bike trails and an indoor pool also have been dis cussed but Williams said he was not sure these BOND TALK WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Meeting WHEN Monday WHERE New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room D 424 S Castell Ave would make the cut You start tack ing on special inter est items and it weakens the whole he said Friday In June Williams said a bond issue would be the only way to fund an indoor pool Weve needed an indoor pool for he said It would make New Braunfels a des tination place for yearround swim But no one has put together a plan and until someone does council wont consider it he said Plans have been made however for hike and bike trails A local nonprofit group sub mitted four trail proposals to the Texas Depart ment of Transportation in a request for 80 per cent funding The remaining 20 percent of the funding must come locally through the city pri vate donations or inkind contributions Offi cials estimate the citys share at Without councils support the grant money could be taken away At the most recent council meeting District 2 councilman Larry Alexander suggested the city call a bond election and let the voters decide whether they wanted to partially fund the trails District 5 councilman Lee Rodriguez said he thought the number of bond issues on the bal lot would be limited by the bottom line The priority of street and drainage is going to be such a high dollar figure there wont be room for much he said Council not only will discuss what should appear on a ballot at Monday Is meeting but also what kind of activities the city should sponsor to educate and inform the public and wKat ways the city can receive input from citizens Council also will discuss approximate dates for a bond election New Braunfels Independent School District might call for a bond election in the fall so the city will wait until at least the spring Williams said   

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