Tuesday, July 11, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERAL Vol 149 No 169 14 pages in 2 sections July 11 200u Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending in or 2 can water today after 7 Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 County since 1852 50 cents Council toys with tax options K JESSIE Even though she wasnt in the official ceremony on Monday the 20foot reticulated python at the Snake Farm was in all the wedding party photos of Danita Palmer and Michael Stockton SSSSSAY I DO Animal lovers overcome odds to tie knot at Snake Farm BY FRED ELEVENS Staff Writer ary Remenschneider a trucker for e HEB grocery chain used a day of his vacation Monday to bring 7 yearold Jonathan to the Snake Farm Nothing fancy you see just a fun fatherson outing to a place of Jonathans choice Well never see this Remenschneider said as eight members of the StocktonPalmer wedding party hoisted a 275 pound reticulated python over their shoulders The Remenschneiders were just two of the dozens of surprised patrons treated to the Snake Farms firstever wedding a ceremony whose only nod to tradition occurred in the bythebook civil proceeding administered by Justice of the Peace William Schroeder Schroeder who said he once turned down the opportunity to wed a pair of nudists beat a hasty retreat skipping a series of postceremo ny activities specially arranged for the bride and groom Let the record reflect that on the grounds of this warehouse of reptilian wonders Michael Stockton 23 wed Danita Palmer 18 with about 20 family and friends looking on Just west of the gator pond under a sparsely decorated shelter covering a dozen or so picnic K JESSIE Danita Palmer and Michael Stockton exchange their wedding vows The balloon over their heads was draped with plastic toy shaped like a snake tables Stockton and Palmer said their I dos in front of an altar fashioned from a folding table and crepe paper The bride was elegant in white spaghetti strap gown and matching accessories the groom dressed in an olive shirt over tan pants topping a pair of black weathered Converse AllStars A reception followed at the gator pond where Stockton and Palmer gingerly tossed enough whole chickens and chicken parts to satisfy the population of a Louisiana swamp A variety of gators and crocs and what must have been a very lonely turtle growled and postured as bride and groom spread the spoils The highlight however came when Snake Farm owner John Mellyn muscled the python from its indoor display where only hours before it had devoured its normal lunch of 50 to 60 pounds of rabbit Once outside the 20foot beast now the circumference of a large coffee can skittishly eluded Mellyns attempts to wrap the bride and groom Finally the snake calmed and Mellyn brought it over Stocktons and Palmers shoul ders Soon the whole wedding party moved in positioning themselves like trusses holding the weight of iron rails The python bonding experience was a fitting end to a day that didnt quite get started when See Outfitters report big weekend Gomal tube supplies fall short of demand BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer River outfitters and folks in the recreation business reported a huge Saturday on the Comal and lower Guadalupe rivers as tubers boaters and swimmers sought to escape temperatures in the mid90s The National Weather Service reports a con tinuing wave of humid summer heat that could this week push temperatures to three digits We were busy this said Steven Simpson who works at the Prince Solms tube chute Saturday on the Comal River was busier than the Fourth of July I think all the families decided to show Simpson said the citys operation run by New Braunfels Parks Recreation Department ran out of tubes twice Saturday afternoon But run ning out of tubes wasnt an uncommon situation he said I heard Rockin R ran out a couple times he said Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides has operations on both rivers Rivers said Rockin R was rocking Up until Sunday we had a recordbreaking season on both he said although things fell off a little on Sunday We broke records on both holidays Every weekend we just about outdid what we did last Rivers said the 60 cubicfeetpersecond flow into the Guadalupe River which could be driving business to the Comal Rockin R has facilities on both is really nothing It seems like every July the GBRA INSIDE Key Code 76 Councilmembers shoot down Flume proposals BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Another lengthy debate about how New Braunfels uses its sales tax revenues ended Monday with only one thing for certain The discussion isnt over FLUME yet Council turned down two motions by council w o m a n Debbie Flume to ask voters to abolish the citys economic development sales tax In each of her motions the sales tax would be trans ferred to other purposes either property tax reduction or streets and drainage But even as council voted down both of Flumes motions they toyed with other ideas to change the structure and use of the citys sales tax Councilman Larry Alexan der said he would bring a motion to the next council meeting on July 24 to ask vot ers to add to the uses of a por tion of the citys sales taxes The city currently collects a 4B sales tax which refers to the law that created the tax that is split between two cate gories of projects Oneeighth of 1 percent is dedicated to streets and drainage Oneeighth of 1 per cent is dedicated to other com munity improvements projects However when voters approved that portion of the tax in 1995 they did not include all the possible legal uses including affordable housing and sports venues The city also collects the 4A sales tax also named for its enabling legislation for eco nomic development That sales tax also is oneeighth of 1 per cent Council previously approved a proposal from Flume to ask IN OTHER ACTION New Braunfels city council on Monday also Gave second approval to an ordi nance increasing the minimum tine for litter ing Gave second approval to an ordi nance establishing an enterprise zone and reinvestment zone in New Braunfels Companies locating in the enterprise zone are eligible to receive local and state economic incentives and Appointed Charles R Gallagher to the New Braunfels Arts Commission Late Monday night the council still was considering providing a citywide newsletter to New Braunfels resi dents voters to add sports venues to the possible uses Alexander wants to ask voters to include all other possible uses Im an advocate of afford able Alexander said adding that if the money is going to be opened up to sports venues it should be opened to all other uses However Mayor Stoney Williams asked council to delay discussion until the next meeting so the public could provide input Close to 100 people attend ed the standingroom only meeting speaking for and against Flumes proposals Flume previously proposed asking voters to abolish the sales tax the city collects for economic development At the same time she proposed ask ing voters to transfer that tax for pioperty tax reduction See History lesson A packed house welcomed author and historian David Barton to the sev enth annual patriot ic event One Nation Under Monday evening at the Brauntex Barton received rounds of applause throughout the evening K JESSIE HeialdZeilung