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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY May 2001 16 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 159 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Seating arrangement stirs up council BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Attempts to change the way New Braunfels City Council does busi ness met with resistance from two council members at Monday nights Mayor Stoney Williams suggest ed rotating the council so each person gets the opportunity to vote He also suggested that the council sit in order of districts a suggestion that met with suspicion from Councilwoman Juliet Wat I think its just a juvenile power play by the Watson Thats my Ive sat in the same seat for five I certainly will move but I think hes making a big deal out of this issue when there are much more critical issues facing the Williams said the council dis cussed both the rotating vote and the change in seating arrangements at the council workshop on At the the council agreed except for who left Williams Originally we sat one through Williams But then people got switched around and no one wants to move Its hard for the people in the audience to know which council member represents which Williams said the reason for the move was to make it easier for con stituents to tell which council mem ber represented which As it stands it is hard to he Councilwoman Debbie Flume also disagrees with the but for a different She said the fluo rescent lights hurt her so she did not want to sit directly under neath 1 have trouble with the lights in my she I would move to the other but both seats on either side of the mayor have lights right above They hurt my Williams said the lighting is the same for every They all have lights above he This is just some sort of a power Clockwise from above Mayor Stoney Councilwoman Juliet Watson and Councilwoman Debbie Seeds of remembrance Garden club pays tribute to father of Texas botany JESSIE encouraging the crowd to sing Caitlyn Offerman and her father Don play Happy Birthday for the crowd gathered at Ferdinand Lindheimers gravesite Tuesday morning to celebrate his 200th Mary Ann Seidel left and Dorothy Nolle mark Ferdinand Lindheimers grave with a commemorative BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A cool breeze rustled the rose JLmary over the gravesite of Ferdinand and Eleonore Lindheimer as members of the New Braunfels Garden Club honored the father of Texas botany a week before the 200th anniver sary of his Rosemary means and Tuesday the garden club placed a wreath and bou quets of flowers at the Lindheimer But the New Braunfels Garden Club has remembered Lindheimer for 50 Thats how long members have tended his grave in Comal Dolores who organized Tuesdays introduced a num ber of includ ing one of Lindheimers greatgreatgreat descen Barbara of San Antonio and an elemen tary school teacher in said she always had loved New Braunfels and knew she had at least one qonnection to this city in her grandfa Albert Ewald a pastor in a number of South Texas She only recently dis covered her relation to I knew Id always been connected to New the Southwest Texas State University graduate But up until about a year I had no idea I was related to such a great Loudon teaches and Lindheimer was consid ered one of the first great scientists of the More than 50 plants he discovered while exploring Texas are named for I guess I come by it Loudon Program cochairman Betty Vogel read a synop sis of Lindheimers She told of a decade Lindheimer living on a doing his He is credited with discovering and cat egorizing hundreds of plant During his travels See REMEMBRANCER Waterpark not paying shuttle fees BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort recently decided it would not pay the new shut tle permit fees assessed for waterrecreation shuttles operating inside the city lim New Braunfels City Council opted to change the fees from a pervehicle fee to a perseat fee to raise funds for the River Manage ment Under the new fee the water parks permit fees would increase 800 to per Schlitterbahn public relations director Sherrie Brammall We sent a letter saying that in our opinion the ordi nance doesnt include Schlit Brammall We dont run waterrecre ation shuttles between points on a river for the purpose of transporting individuals in connection with tubing or so the shuttle fees dont apply to our City Manager Mike Shands said the city received the letter and the city asking Schlitterbahn why it made the decision now when it always paid the fees in the The letter I received said they paid it voluntarily in the past because they received the benefit of a city inspec he But because the new fees raise the amount they they no longer choose to pay for Shands said Schlitterbahn figured it would have to pay compared to the the company paid this past Brammall also said the Waterpark paid the fees in the past because the city per formed safety inspections on When the ordinance about 10 years We dont run waterrecreation shuttles between points on a river for the purpose of trans porting individuals in connection with tubing or so the shuttle fees dont apply to our vehi Sherrie Brammall Schlitterbahn public relations director Schlitterbahn voluntarily participated because we val ued the safety Brammall It made good business sense to get the inspections when they cost a Now that theyve its just too costly to The waterpark looked at the which defines a shuttle vehicle as a vehicle involved in transporting peo ple from one point on the riv er to another for the purpose of engaging in waterrecreation We looked at the defini tion in the and it clearly doesnt include Schlit she We sim ply transport people from one private property to It doesnt apply to our own Shands said the city had no plans to pursue the issue until an attorney was The city currently is without legal because Floyd Akers resigned this past month to take a job as municipal judge in Theres no rush to settle the Shands If they have to pay the then we will get the If they then the council will have to decide if it wants to change the ordinance or Fed cuts rates again BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON AP The Federal still try ing to resuscitate the weak cut interest rates a half point further on Tues pushing borrowing costs for millions of Americans to the lowest level in seven It was the Feds fifth half point reduction this extending a rapidfire string of moves in its most aggres sive easing campaign under Chairman Alan Since the first of the the central bank has pushed its target for the federal funds the interest that banks charge each from percent down to 4 Economists said the Fed clearly signaled in a brief INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 2B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code City attorney discussions continue BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels city council is unable to agree on a final candidate for city Mayor Stoney Williams said Council met in closed ses sion for more than 45 min utes on Monday to discuss attorney The city agreed to interview seven candidates for the posi and council still has not officially narrowed the Williams Council cant agree on whom to he We argued back and forth last night were going to have another execu tive session to discuss it fur The council plans to meet in closed session at Tuesday to discuss the appli Whats Up What New Braunfels City Council closed session When Tuesday Where City Council Municipal 424 Castell Why Discuss city attorney Council previous ly interviewed seven candi
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