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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses end Ing In 8 or 9 can water today after 8 HERALDZEITUNG 149 No 160 24 pages in 2 sections June 30 2000 FOR iiDc vfj SOWEST MICRO PUBLISHING 1 7 E OR B PR SO TX 9 0 3 Safety J jirst Law enforcement outfitters ready for holiday weekend BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Guadalupe River tourism and tubing trade is moving into its possibly largest holiday weekend of the summer with outfit ters and public safety officials gearing up for four days of river fun and action Tens of thousands of visitors are expected over the four days and folks who deal with them are ready About folks were here for the threeday Memorial Day weekend Bill Mayo president of the WaterOriented Recreation District board said Thursday that everything was in place for the Fourth of July This weekend and Memorial Day are usual ly our Mayo said All year long we get ready All the PortaPotties all the dumpsters all the mesh bags all the advance preparation is in place Ive talked to Sheriff Bob Holder and weve fgvidwedM enfofcement wMt m6 plans are and where the personnel will be We have law enforcement in place and ready to Mayo said WORD was spending about on security this summer Between WORD security employees and sheriffs deputies 55 law enforcement personnel will be out in the county areas of the river In the city New Braunfels plainclothes and uni formed officers will patrol both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers George Cushanick WORD manager was attending to lastminute details Thursday Were ready Were in pretty good he said The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority will keep river flows very similar to what they were Memorial Day and I think people are pret ty enthused I think people have realized we dont need to have the really high flows to have REMEMBER It is illegal to use have or transport fireworks in the city limits of New Braunfels K JESSIE Tubers at Landa Park above and below enjoy the sun Thursday afternoon near the Prince Solms tube chute Tens of thousands of visitors are expected during the coming weekend a good The river flow from Canyon Lake for the weekend has been set at 100 cubic feet per sec ond by me GBRA This is a welcome time to have 100 said Zero Rivers WORD board member and owner of RockinR River Rides Thats a good flow for swimming tubing and boating Rivers said An ideal flow would be 300 cfs Rivers said allowing the opening of the entire river without the water being too rough If river outfitters had a Christmas list that would be the first thing on Rivers said Rivers said his company was not dropping tubers or boaters above First Crossing because it is too timeconsuming to float that distance The most popular stretch is from Gruene to Cypress Bend he said The Fourth of July is the No 1 river weekend We hope to stretch the holiday to five days this year through Tuesday Weve had really good business this summer The next six weeks are a busy time for us GBRA has been really good to Plenty of people were on the river having a good time for Memorial Day Lt Ed Whitson of the Comal County Sheriffs Office reported arrests and citations were about on a par with lev els for previous years Beginning about 5 today sheriff fc deputies and WORD security people wUl be out on the riv er Whitson said The bottom line is public safety just making sure everyone has a good time and everybody goes home he said Well have beefedup enforcement all the way through Tuesday Weve got the regular 35man river team out at 10 loca tions Along with those well have seven river security teams hired by WORD to be our eyes and ears around the he said See County since 1852 50 cents Increased traffic Datrols planned for weekend BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Law enforcement officials are beefing up traffic patrols on local and state roadways to make sure Fourth of July rev elers stay safe and sober this holiday weekend As many people head to rivers lakes and tourist attrac tions traffic inevitably increas es on major highways Texas Department of Pub lic Safety expects to have all available troopers on the road from midnight Friday to mid night Tuesday to make sure drivers obey traffic laws DPS Corporal Rick Alvarez of New Braunfels said As far as DPS is concerned in this area this is a motorcide weekend which means were going to have special emphasis on high visibility and empha sis on specific offenses such as speeding seat belts and DWIs driving while intoxi Alvarez said all local DPS troopers would work the holi day weekend to increase man power throughout the county Lt Ed Whitson with Comal County Sheriffs Office said all available personnel from the sheriffs office would be on patrol as well especially in the FarmtoMarket 306 area FM 2673 around Sattler and River Road County constables also will be out looking for drunk dri vers and people driving reck lessly Whitson said New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said extra People just need to pay a little more attention and drive a little more Lt Ed Whitson Comal County Sheriffs Office patrol officers would work July 4 because of the citys fireworks show and other hol iday activities And some officers will stay on shift longer if needed but Wommack said the holiday weekend would mean business as usual During the 1999 July 4 hol iday the state reported 32 traf fic fatalities 15 of which were alcohol related DPS Director Col Thomas A Davis Jr said Designated drivers are crucial to keeping drunk drivers off the road Designated drivers should not drink any alcohol even small amounts of alcohol can impair reaction time and judg Alvarez said because this weekend would be the first July 4 holiday of whats popu larly regarded as the new mil lennium alcohol consumption could increase And the long weekend prob ably will not help Whitson said With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday people will probably take an extra day off which means they might be drinking a little more Accidents will probably start picking K JESSIE A common scene throughout the summer a group of tubers heads for Landa Park weaving through backed up traffic Jam ups are inevitable this weekend and law enforcement officials recommend driving extra cautiously City eyes increased rental rates for airport hangars BY Jo LEE FERGUSON MonlhJy rental rates for some hangars at New Braunfels airport could increase in September On Wednesday the sevenmember advisory board for New Braunfels Municipal Airport voted unanimously to ask city council for a 5 percent increase in the natal rate for Tfaangan Phillips said One member of the beard wan absent Pf year old in ber Phillips said All of the Thangars are full he said Thangars rent for or the higher price for the larger corner hangars If the coun cil approves the increase the monthly rental will grow to and Philip said PHILLIPS INSIDE w Rate increases possible BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities customers could see increased water and electric bills if a proposal to reduce subsidies in the companys budget is approved On Thursday the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees received copies of the pro posed financial operating plan for the 2000 2001 fiscal year The group did not discuss the plan but will have a budget workshop July 11 The proposed budget forecasts million in revenues for the water electric and wastewater systems combined and million in expens es Board raembwB will consider approving the iBw 9m IN OTHER ACTION DIFONZO New Braunfels Utilities board of directors awarded General Manager Paula DiFonzo a increase in her annual salary at Thursdays meet ing There are some very tough issues included in this said Cheryl Land financial systems manager for New Braunfels Utilities Among those issues is an effort to reduce the
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