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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEwBRAUNFELS FRIDAY April 2001 26 pages in 2 sections 26 pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 137 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents bands Council Summer river fashions will not include wristbands CHRIS David of Jacks in New talks to the River Activities Committee and the City Council about the proposed wristband ordinance Thursday in the New Braunfels Municipal BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council voted Thursday to remove the wristband requirement from the river management the 23 river outfit ters will collect from the tourists and remit that money to the The funds will help pay for increased law enforce river r v r trash receptacles and other In the rowdy behavior on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers has caused problems both with litter and crowd con trol inside the city The motion to end the wrist band program and the con troversy surrounding the river management plan passed with a 52 Both Juliet Watson and Debbie Flume vot ed against the I think wristbands were a good Watson Its for How else can we make sure this is going to work We need to make sure the rivers are taken care But River Activities Chair man Ken Valentine said he was satisfied that the plan the committee developed during the past six months actually would be Im Valentine This is the first time that any plan has passed at I would CHRIS Deke of Rockin R River loads tubes after picking up his last group of the day Thursday at Cypress Bend have been happier if they had gone with the The plan originally included wristbands at a cost of 90 The outfitters then could charge customers for the wristbands to pay for the cost of implementing the Outfitters expressed outrage about the wristband program and threatened legal They also submitted the pro posal that eventually passed at Thursday nights At the April 9 city council meet council voted to conduct the workshop to iron out details with the Were not interested in being in business with the city of New said Zero owner of the Rockin R River Wed like to run our business without your Other outfitters Rivers frustration with the council and the Outfitter Mel Polk said a group of outfitters met and collected for an attorneys retainer to pursue legal There is no legal basis for telling me that I have to put a wristband on my Polk You asked us to come up with solutions for the and we told you over and But you dont trust me to collect the money and send it to The wristband is not It is a river use and we wont do it without a court With that Polk left the After some heated discussion between council committee members and out Mayor Stoney Williams said the outfitters were not opposed to paying for the See The Plan FUNDING City pays 25 percent of all riverrelat ed fines to the City bud gets of police over Outfitters collect from every tourist using the public exits or city permitted No wristbands will be increased at public parking for Prince Solms Possible increases in shuttlepermit POLICE 16 con tract and off duty police officers and four civilian spotters LITTER provide 21 additional trash recepta cles and mesh trash bags LAST PUBLIC EXIT Covered shuttle pickup Lane for shuttle parking Crosswalk Barricade Lincoln at Union Street Sidewalk on the north side of Lincoln CYPRESS BEND PARK EXIT Realign traffic patterns OTHER PLANS More portable toilets Add public entry point to Comal River near Landa City manager releases names after suit threat Newspaper sought information on engineer hopefuls BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Man ager Mike Shands released the names of candidates for city engineer and city attor ney late Thursday afternoon after the HeraldZeitung threatened legal action to get Shands said he planned to hire a city engineer Thursday just hours after agreeing to release the informa tion to the SHANDS This is an internal deci sion on an internal he I dont intend to wait to make the decision I plan to make it On the Her aldZeitung filed a Freedom of Information request for candidate information for both The informa tion is available to the public under the Texas Public Infor mation Shands originally denied the request and said he would seek an attorney gen erals 1 had two applicants with draw their names when I told them this newspaper proba bly would print their he said Given the animosity the newspaper has shown toward members of city I need the request in Shands changed his mind about withholding the final list of applicants after the newspaper threatened legal action against the He said he believed releasing the information would serve no public My feeling is that you release the names only if there is some compelling need for public he To it doesnt appear to be a compelling need to Candidates ROGER L New Braunfels Bachelors degree in architectural construction from Texas A M University Masters of science degree from Texas A M University Previous experience senior project office civil engi neer and principal JOE Bachelors degree in civil engineering from Texas A M University Bachelors degree in engi neering technology from Texas A M University Previous experience pro ject staff materials and construction technician EDWARD San Antonio BSCE University of Texas at Austin Previous experience pub lic works land development con struction JAMES Bachelors degree in envi ronmental engineering from Northeastern University in Boston Masters degree in envi ronmental engineering from the University of Previous experience pub lic works project quality control MICHAEL New Braunfels Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering Previous experience pro ject engineer and project drainage engineer for city of senior air craft structures release the names of people who applied for the engi neers I dont see where it serves the public good to have the names of people who applied but werent selected or even inter How does that help See Medical witnesses say victim suffered only from malnutrition BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Physicians who examined a 7 yearold Williamson County girl after she was taken from her par ents this past year testified Thurs day that she was But they said batteries of tests failed tQ find any other The prosecution of her Yevette and Joseph a Williamson County entered its third day in Comal County Coxuv thouse The trial was moved to New Braunfels because of pretrial publicity in Williamson The Reisers are on trial before 26th Judicial District Court Judge Billy Ray They are accused of injuring their daughter by depriving her of not seeking medical attention and endangering her through the same acts or omis The charge of injuring a child is a firstdegree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to Prosecutor Jane Starnes pre sented physicians and a second school employee as Karen a pediatric car evaluated the girl shortly after she was removed from her home on She evaluat ed her for a heart murmur and an enlarged Wright the heart murmur was found to be and the girl had no liver She said the patient was extremely talkative and described behavior she thought unusual in a The girl demolished her break fast about 36 hours after being hos pitalized but was still looking for more the physician See 4B board denies funds for Gruene parks BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The Improvements Commission denied two New Braunfels city requests for funding parkland purchases and improvements to parts of Grueiie president Karen McDonnell The 4B Board named for its enabling legislation conducted three public hear ings on funding requests Wednesday The board approved only one a request from the New Braun fels Municipal Airport for funds to build a set of It wasnt that we didnt INSIDE Key 76 Bomb threat heralds Columbine anniversary BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A day before the twoyear anniversary of the Columbine school New Braun fels High School officials investigated a pos sible bomb threat Administrators and law enforcement offi cers searched the building but found no Today marks the second anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Lit Tbday is also Adolph Hitlers birth tfYou tend to notice the NBHS prin cipal Mike Fitsko Days like this create a heightened Fitsko said students reported finding cryp tic and faded graffiti on a restroom The misspelled words made references to some thing happening on It was more graffiti than anything Fitsko Fitsko said a ninthgrade student was believed responsible for the Fitsko said he spoke with teachers and assistant principals about keeping a watch ful eye Comal Independent School District spokes woman Kari Hutchison said her district does not anticipate any problems Our antennas will be she
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