Thursday, July 6, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers wtth addresses or 9 can water today Well users with addresses ending In 6 or 7 can water today after 8 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 165 14 pages in 2 sections July 6 2000 A T r Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents River flow slowing me I BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer On the heels of what many have described as a some what slow Fourth of July weekend activity on the Guadalupe River may be slowing to a trickle The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority announced Wednesday it would reduce the release rate from Canyon Reservoir from 100 cubic feet per second to 60 cfs because of extremely low inflows The flow level will remain at that rate until further notice GBRA General Manager Bill West said The reduced flow levels part of a drought man agement strategy initiated by GBRA April 30 will mean a longer ride down the river for tubers and other recreational users who float at an ideal release rate of 300 cfs During the holiday weekend the water level stayed around 100 cfs which may have contributed to a slow er holiday weekend It did not look like a holiday said George Cushanick manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District It wasnt terrible but it wasnt Cushanick said that although some outfitters expect ed a fourday weekend many people did not opt for an extended holiday because Monday fell between the weekend and Fourth of July If there had been a really good water level it might have given people an incentive to take a day Cushanick said See Satellite office opens Wednesday was the first day of operation for the Comal County satellite office 160 Oak Drive located behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573 in Sattler Gerrie Johnson Mary Brooks and Theresa Pinkston left to right man the computers The new facility can process anything done at the court house including marriage certificates voter registration and license plates No fear Area youth venture into new territory at city camps BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The sevenyearold boy looked warily Wednesday at Landa Park Aquatic Complexs springfed pool His blue eyes showed a touch of fear as he con templated jumping in to take a swim test Hed previously failed the test that would have given him the freedom to graduate from the kiddy pool to the deeper waters where his older brother swims But with a little bit of encouragement from Kelly Huber program manager for the New Braunfels summer recreation program he jumped into the cold water Wednesday and passed the test with flying colors Its rewarding to watch them have fun and watch them do stuff they arent normally able to Huber said This is Hubers first year to work with the citys summer recreation program which is open to children from lowto moderateincome families The program is funded using about of the citys community development block grant money Block grant money is provided to the city by the federal government to help lowand mod erateincome families through a variety of pro grams The children each pay to attend each two week session and can attend all of the five ses sions according to Linda Lane youth activities programmer for New Braunfels The programs popularity is evident in its enroll ment numbers Pretty much we have the same children all she said Each session has room for 75 children and every session is filled We have a waiting list thats 25children Lane said The summer recreation program which is from noon to each day is similar to the citys Camp Thunderduck but at a price thats afford able to lowerincome families Camp Thunderduck which still has openings in the final two sessions July 17 to Aug 28 and July 31 to Aug 11 costs per child per session Lane said the city realized that some families wouldnt be able to afford that In order to be as inclusive as possible we try to work with and reach out to as many people as we can in Lane said See K JESSIE As with any group of kids there was a fight to see who could hit the water first Wednesday at Landa Park After that contest was won style and splash entered into the New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program spends two days each week at the Landa Pool Opposition to sales tax proposal strengthens BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Forces continued to gather Wednesday against New Braunfels City Councilwoman Debbie Flumes proposal to abolish the citys oneeighth of 1 percent sales tax for econom ic development Almost two weeks ago Flume told council that her proposal would seek voter approval of a sales tax for property tax relief A council vote on her proposal was delayed until Mondays meeting but a coalition of influential com munity leaders and groups is mustering support to fight Flumes plan Flumes opponents include members of the economic development corporation board of direc tors who oversee use of the Weseeprob economic development ems wjtn thjs sales tax New Braunfels and Independent School we n0pe you trict Superintendent Ron JQQ Reaves whose schools depend on the industrial tax base for funding and the owner of The SCOOTER Store which hopes to expand with EDC assistance On Wednesday Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Jim Davis chair of the cham bers industrial development committee encouraged local business and industry rep resentatives to be present at Mondays meeting or to call their council representatives We see problems with this and we hope you will Meek said Meek told a group of about 20 business and industry representatives that the proposal to establish a sales tax for property tax relief in place of the economic development sales tax would mean an annual reduction of on the average homeowners tax bill That isnt going to do me a whole lot of good in comparison to what the 4A board which oversees the economic development sales tax dollars can do for the Meek said See INSIDE Key Code 76 Wells Fargo banker Bill Cone promoted transferred BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Bill Cone the president of Wells Fargo Banks New Braunfels area operations has been promoted to a position responsible for 15 banks and assets of million about double his duties here Cone a 15year New Braunfels resident has been named president of Wells Fargos South Central market based in Victoria Cone already is working in Victoria where he replaces Greg Winegardner who was moved to Colorado A replacement for Cone in New Braunfels has not been announced New Braunfels is a tough community to Cone said This town has been won derful to be involved in and an extreme ly good town to raise a kid Cone said he expects he and wife Connie will retire to New Braunfels Im sure well keep an iron in the fire somewhere up he said Before that though he has a new chal lenge I hope its a sign Wells Fargo has confi dence in Cone said of the promotion Bill Goertz president of Wells Fargos greater Texas region expressed considerable confidence in Cone in a press release issued Wednesday Bill Cone has in Wells Fargos entry into the New Braunfels market He is an excep tional leader and banker and will be an asset to our team members and customers in the South Central Goertz said CONE Victoria is a city of about about two hours south of Houston Its a very strong community and very attractive to live Cone said In this time of layoffs and cutbacks Wells Fargo is creating opportunities for a lot of our team members I feel a great sense of gratitude to my employers that theyve allowed us to stay involved in this commu nity Not every employer And the Cones have been very involved in New Braunfels Bill Cone has been a twotime trustee of