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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today between midnight and 10 and from T midnight HERALDZl Vol 149 No 196 18 pages in 2 sections August 11 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trooper funeral Vetter family city prepare for procession service today FROM STAFF REPORTS Blue ribbons line the route to the cemetery where Trooper Randall W Vetters body will be buried today Funeral services for Vetter begin at 10 today at St Paul Lutheran Church 181 S Santa Clara Ave A sign in front of Fundraisers the church ribbons for sums up Vetter family the com munitys feelings about Vet ters death Monday from a gun shot wound he received this past week during a traffic stop God bless the Vetter fami the sign reads The sign also is decorated with the blue ribbon that has come to signify the communi tys mourning for Vetter and support for his family Todays funeral is expected to last about an hour followed by what could be a lengthy pro cession to Comal Cemetery where Vetter will be buried A reception follows at the New Braunfels Civic Center Those who want to donate food should take it to the civic center not the church before the cere mony Mayor Stoney Williams has asked New Braunfels business es and residents fo show their respect to the funeral proces sion by going outside and stand ing on the sidewalks as it pass es Senior Trooper Garry Parker with the Texas Department of Public Safety said peo ple is a conservative estimate of the number of people who will attend the funeral The pro cession could include 200 or 300 cars he said Vetter 28 was born and raised in this area and worked in the New Braunfels DPS office for several years He transferred to the San Marcos office short ly before his death See FUNERAL77A RANDALL W VETTER Age 28 Residence New Braunfels Family Father Kermit Vetter lieu tenant at Comal County Jail Wife Cynthia Vetter English teacher 8 month old son Robert Sisters Sandy and Amanda Law enforcement career June Graduated from DPS acade my Assigned to Brownsville DPS station Aug assigned to New Braunfels station July 1 2000 assigned to San Marcos station K JESSIE Trooper Kevin Callihan watches over the guest book at Cook Walden Funeral home in Austin as visitors come to pay their respects to Trooper Vetter by signing the book Trooper Randy Vetter Funeral Service Procession P Comal Cemetery i Funeral Service at St Paul Lutheran Church 2 Procession will depart about HAM and last about 1hr l Law enforcement parking 4 Parking for procession participants at the First Baptist Church 733 Cross and St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther St 5 Parking for funeral attendees not participating in the procession at First United Methodist Church parking lot on Mill Street Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off for the reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center County OKs budget wage increase BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer County commissioners approved a million bud get at court Thurs day that will increase wages f o r employ ees by 3 percent up to 7 percent for those who get merit increases elect ed offi cials by 5 percent and commis SCHWAB MILLIK1N sioners by 10 percent The 2001 budget up more than 8 percent from this past years mil lion budget includes increases in spending for public safety and courts as well as a 5 percent pay raise for elected officials outside of county commissioners and the county treasurer The tax rate will remain unchanged from last year at cents per of assessed valuation which is possible because of growth in the countys property val ue over the past year of near ly 13 percent The county tax on a home would be A pair of public hearings will be held on the budget and tax rate at and on Aug 31 with an adoption vote to follow the afternoon hearing County Judge Danny Scheel had submitted a bud get that sought 2 percent pay raises for employees with 2 percent merit raises for a possible increase of 4 per cent In an early draft of the budget he reportedly sought even larger pay raises for commissioners than the See Schlitterbahn set to buy Float Inn BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort has contracted to buy the property once con sidered for a trade between the city of New Braunfels and the Sophienburg Muse um and Archives In July the Sophienburg Museum asked the New Braunfels city council to consider one of two options for the museum to become the owner of the unused Dit tlinger Memorial Library The libray is located next door to the museum The museum proposed to trade the Float Inn property on the Comal River which is next door to the citys tube chute for the library or the museum wanted to buy the library for The council did not act on the proposal last month The proposed trade pre sented a possible problem Brad Herbelin leases a build ing on the property where he operates the Tube Chute Bar and Grill His lease included an option to buy the property That issue was resolved within the past week when Schlitterbahn contracted to buy the property according to the propertys current owner Kenneth J Fiedler The Schlitterbahn resolved the problem that was there and we signed the Fiedler said Schlitterbahn met with him and met with me and we got it Schlitterbahn Spokes woman Sherrie Brammall confirmed Thursday that Jeff Henry one of the parks owners does have a contract to buy the Float Inn proper ty Brammall would not go into the details about the arrangement between Henry Fiedler and Herbelin Mr Henry and Mr Fiedler both worked out an See Parks survey launched BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A key portion in the development of New Braunfels parks recreation and open space master plan began this week New Braunfels residents began getting phone calls asking them to participate in a telephone survey the results of which will be incorporated into the master plan Carter and Burgess Inc is developing the master plan and teamed up with the Houston market research firm Decision Information Resources to develop the questionnaire and conduct the survey Three hundred residents will be sur c veyed Parks and Recreation Director Iris Haecker Neffendorf said This is probably one of the key areas for determining what direction that mas ter plan will lay out as far as priorities Its a very important key element in the whole Neffendorf said The questions in the survey are simi lar to ones Carter and Burgess has used when working with other communities However Neffendorf said the citys master plan committee parks advisory board and parks staff also contributed to the survey questions Its kind of a combination of some what of a standard format plus making it special for New INSIDE Abby 8A Classifieds Comics 38 Crossword 8A Forum 6A 4A Movies 8A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television 3B Key Code Fire destroys playground works BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Firefighters from numerous fire departments in nearby com munities helped to battle a major blaze at a New Braun fels manufacturer of playground equipment Thursday night New Braunfels firefighters were dispatched to the Gym Nl Playgrounds Inc factory and warehouse facilities located in the 1900 block of IH 35 North shortly before for a reported structure fire When they arrived they found fire in a fence and grass adjacent to a building on the site Shortly afterward they found flames inside it A second alarm was declared and mutual aid calls went out to the San Marcos Seguin Lake Dunlap and Geronimo fire departments Additionally 10 offduty New Braunfels firefighters were called in for extra manpower Sheriffs deputies and New Braunfels police blocked off the interstate frontage road and worked to move traffic along Interstate 35 as heavy smoke and sightseers slowed traffic By about 35 fire fighters were on scene and arrangements were made with the American Red Cross to bring in provisions for the fire fighters Well be here a fire official said At the New Braunfels Central fire station shortly before 10 an official said Fire Chief Jack Collier and Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn were on scene At 10 an official said the fire was under control Were making headway on
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