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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 150 47 12 pages in 2 sections January 2001 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jeff who represents Comal takes care of some paper work in the Senate chambers in File photo Wentworth tapped to lead redistricting A r A rnn T AUSTIN AP Texas Jeff RSan was cho sen to lead a Senate committee that will oversee the redrawing of voting In one of his first official duties as acting lieutenant Republi can Bill Ratliff on Wednesday named Wentworth the head of the redistricting also appointed a leading Rodney Ellis of to take his place as the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Redistricting is expected to be one of the main focuses of the legislative ses Perry announces higher education sion that begins Wentworth could not be contacted for comment Wednesday He represents 17 including part of Comal Some Hispanic Democrats in the Senate lashed out at Ratliff for hot naming any Hispanics to the redis tricting Ratliff said he did not take race into consideration when appointing the Gonzalo I respectfully disagree with That committee in addition to reflect the face of Texas and that not reflect the face of Barrientos lost his position on the redistricting as did Mario Ratliffs decision to exclude His panics from the committee was an insult and a slap in the face to the states fastestgrowing Gallegos Barrientos said that if the final redis tricting plan did not reflect the growing Hispanic some senators would consider In appointing Ellis to become chair of the finance Ratliff took away from Republicans one of the most powerful Senate The GOP holds a 1615 majority in the The finance committee crafts the state I think Ellis has earned his said He praised Ellis for balancing all of the emotional needs of the senators when he presided over last weeks his toric election of an acting lieutenant Paying for crowd control Committee discusses funding to solve river problems BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels river activities committee brainstormed ideas to fund river maintenance and securi ty Wednesday including a wristband system that would enable the city to charge a riveruse fee via tube rental The which formed to devise solutions to problems on the Comal and Guadalupe has to make final presentation to city council by The funding discussion was marked by the absence of the com mittee chairman Kevin Webb the groups only river outfitter rep resentative and included nine ideas for raising to fund the groups wish list of river timprove such as permanent increased signage and more law enforcement on the Getting the city to accept some of the solutions to ageold river control problems might be easier if the committee can provide some meth ods to offset the committee members Monitoring the situation poses a but committee member Donna Welch said 96 percent of the river traffic rents But the city is restricted charging certain monies for river related activities for legal the city cannot charge a tube tax or river tax because the city already charges the highest sales tax rate the state Nothing precludes a Fergu son One of the benefits of a wrist File photo The Comal and Guadalupe rivers draw thousands of visitors to New Braunfels each Low water levels on the Guadalupe River pushed more tubers than normal onto the Comal River this past As a local residents complained about behavior problems on the band you get your money up ferguson After the committee vice cjiairman Ken Valentine said of all the ideas he he was mostioptimistic about the river use fee yia wristbands because users would pay to maintain the It would be a way for the city to collect the fee from people who come to the Valentine fThe outfitters can make a little f profit on this by reselling the wrist bands to all the He told the committee members they should ask city council to ded icate funds from such user fees or at least a percentage of them to the river management Darren Hill compared the col lective fees river users might use to the cost of a day at an amusement or theme If you come to New Braunfels and spend a day on the thats equivalent to me day of entertain ment at those he with out being as Valentine said he knew river out fitters were worried that customers would be unwilling to pay more money to get on the but Where else are they going to go You could almost fund a lot of what we want to do with that mon he Irene Allen agreed a fee could but warned the board from charging too high a price and run ning off families looking for an affordable way to spend the Dont shock everybody all at Allen Youve got to gradually get these people into want families Valentine said We need to mar ket it that You have to show them that theyre getting something for that more restroom Allen said she talked to a New Braunfels beer distributor who was willing to support the river man agement effort by providing money for things such as Fundgenerating ideas Wednes day included charging an exit fee at last tube chute increasing shuttle permit fees setting aside a portion of money raised from tickets for the river and assessing a slot fee to shuttle operators who use proposed shuttle Other ideas were to solicit dona tions from outside sources increase parking fees at an existing public parking facility in the Prince Solms area raising minimum fines coop erate with the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce for pre season advertising of the new river and look for grant Possible escapee sighting in NB FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS New Braunfels police radio traffic late Wednesday reported a possible sighting of two men who escaped from a state prison several weeks ago with five oth er Police received a report late Wednesday that two of the escapees might have been spotted at the Paramount located on Huisache Avenue near Inter state 35 in New A radio bulletin later was issued to local police that mere had been a possible sighting of Michael Anthony Rodriguez and Donald Keith both The bulletin said a Hispanic woman was with the two men but no vehicle was The bulletin also said the two men appeared to be casing the Paramount Bowl and refused eye contact with employees Newbury and Rodriguez were among seven escapees who escaped from the Texas Depart ment of Criminal Justices Con nally Unit at Kenedy in Decem Both men were serving life sentences Rodriguez for cap ital murder and Newbury for aggravated robbery with a dead ly Rodriguezs home town is San while New bury is originally from New Mex Information from TDCJ said both men are to be considered armed and Anyone with information about the escapees should immediately call a hot line number set up by the 800 Law limits CISDs postcensus options attorneys pin hopes on new legislation BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees are counting on the state legislature to increase the postcensus options of school As redistricting law stands only school boards with a 52 such as the New Braunfels Independent School District can keep their trustee term schedule after redis tricting takes A 52 configuration means the school district has been sliced up into five geographic areas where patrons from each slice elect a trustee from their area to sit on the school The school district as a whole elects two candidates called at large The law allows these 52 dis tricts to maintain the continuity of their staggered terms of office after But all other including the CISD school board that has a 70 must con duct elections for every seat on the board after Trustees then have to draw lots to determine who will have trun cated terms to start the staggered term A normal term for CISD trustee is three We support extending the option to 70 Cathy Dou of the Texas Association of School We support extending it to all The TASB is pushing to have the option 52 boards have extend ed to all school boards in We support extending the See Davis trial to draw attention FROM STAFF REPORTS An decade old sexual assault and murder promises to present the trial Of the year in New Braunfels in 2001 if it takes place In Jack Warren Davis will be tried a second time for the 1989 murder ofKathie a 24yearrold ele mentary school Balonis was found stran gled and sexually assaulted in her Laurel Lane apartment in New Braunfels on then worked as a mam tenance man in Balonis apartment Police arrested Davis the day after Balonis body was He was of capital murder in1980 and sentenced to life in Allegations that thenDis trict Attorney Bill Rejmer DAVIS 2001 A Look Ahead Friday Water officials keep close eye on levels intimidated a witness in the case led the Third Court of Appeals to set aside the con viction in 1992 and send the case back to district To Davis has not been INSIDE Key Code 76 Three NBHS students hurt in early morning rollover BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Two siblings sustained minor injuries and a third brother remained at University Hos pital for observation after their car veered off the road and rolled The three New Braunfels High School students senior Matthew 17 sophomore Jacquelyn 16 and freshman Justin 14 were on their way to school when the singlevehicle accident occurred in the 200 block of Hue co Springs Loop Road at The hospital kept Justin Summers for observation but released the two older sib lings by the students grand Will Matthew Summer was driving his 1976 Scout when he reportedly veered to the right after adjusting the vehicles He overcorrected to the shot across the road and hit an Depart ment of Public Safety trooper Vaughan Pack The vehicle flipped and landed Davenport said Justin Summers might have broken his
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