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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY June 2001 HBT in 2 scctions HERALDZEITUNG 196 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents A plea fore change Golf pro teeing up for opposition to fee proposals Its a gentlemens And the mantra has always been leave the course better than you found Weve seemed to lost that Ward Watson Landa Park Golf Course manager BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Ward Watson is not the most popular man on the Landa Park Golf Course these And the golf course manager knows that once he makes a proposal to change greens he will face the wrath of regular friends and neigh Watson is preparing a propos al that is nearly guaranteed to create a cloud of controversy over the golf he changing fees is the only way to create a quality golf The cost of running the golf course is he Fuel prices have and keeping a nice golf course costs Its overbearing to try to City Finance Officer Chet Lewis said the course spent more money than it made this and some of the costs were not included in the Their expenditures are more than their he And that doesnt include things like the maintenance crew the city sends to help clean the building at night or insurance on the Those things arent included in their Lewis said the course did not meet its budget this past year either but was very This he the difference will be much and the city will have to make up the differ ence from the general Most lowest fees Watson points to a survey from the National Golf Association ranking revenues and players from municipal golf courses all over See JESSIE a new sign at the Landa Park Golf Course is about as far down on the list of needed repairs as it can get for Golf Course Manager Ward Watson said his budget goes to keeping the greens up to his patrons with little to no money left with no money in the budget for golfers soon will have to do without the grill service currently available at the Landa Park Golf Grill to close in face of high operating costs BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Golfers wanting to grab a ham have a few drinks and swap stories about the ninth hole will have to go somewhere The Landa Golf Course is clos ing its grill Blaming high operating costs and a bad golf pro Ward Watson said he had no choice but to close the During the we make a lot of he People come in to then want to grab a hamburger or But dur ing the we dont make any money at Watson said the course was operating as slim and trim as he could make it with fewer employees than other municipal golf courses the same The cost of having an utilities and maintenance made the grill Wat son The result is the loss of another golf course People who come from out of town like to know that theres a place to If we dont have they might decide to go some where to another munici pal he Most grills at municipal golf courses dont make but they make it up with their greens We arent even making money on greens so we cant make up the cost Watson told New Braunfels City Council Monday night that closing the grill embarrassed him and that it sends the wrong Were moving and thats the wrong he We shouldnt be closing the We should be thinking about saving money to buy land for another golf Were going to need one if we keep growing at See Fed cuts interest rate again WASHINGTON AP The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the sixth time this year on but by just a sending a signal that its most aggressive recessionfight ing effort in nearly two decades might be coming to an Analysts said they still expected at least one more quarterpoint move at the Feds August but they also said the country has probably seen the last of the bolder halfpoint rate reduc tions the Fed had been using to keep the 10year economic expansion The Fed left the door open to doing whatever it needs to do to get the econ omy moving but the dosage will be said Allen chief econ omist at Decision TheFed left Economics fa door open to in New 7 i doing whatever it Wall needs to do to get street fag economy mov who had inS but the hoped for dosage will be another Allen Sinai Economist in The Dow Jones industrial which had been up about 25 points before the Feds midafternoon finished the day down at The Nasdaq com posite rose a modest to close at The quarterpoint rate cut pushed the Feds target for the federal funds the interest that banks charge each oth to down from per cent where it stood before the Fed began cutting rates on The Fed action was immediately fol lowed by a quarterpoint cut in com mercial banks prime lending send ing the benchmark for millions of busi ness and consumer loans down to the lowest level in seven Analysts suggested the Federal Reserves quarterpoint rate cut repre sented a compromise between Fed offi cials still concerned that the economy could tumble into a recession and an opposing Fed camp that is growing wor ried about overdoing the rate relief and sowing the seeds of higher inflation next As evidence of the internal analysts noted the Feds brief statement announcing its The statement provided no explanation for why the central bank had decided to switch from See Which weekend will bring most holiday traffic i BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Fourth of July falls on a this and outfit ters and lawmen are trying to pre dict when the big holiday week jend will i Will it be this coming weekend or the days after Independence jDay i Its hard to I wish I a crystal ball and just but its all said George general manager of the Comal County WaterOriented Recreation The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority has promised a flow of 200 cubic feet per second from Canyon Cushanick Theres plenty of water to and at 200 thats a pretty com fortable Cushanick The word seems to be going and everybodys got bookings both Theres some who say their big weekend is this some others who say the other way Comal County Sheriffs Office will patrol Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe where more than 50 deputies and reserve officers will patrol both weekends and on Patrol Brent Paullus said deputies asked tubers and campers which weekend they expected to and the answers came across the Well be working the next 10 Paullus We just want everybody to be safe so they can have a good New Braunfels Police Doug Dunlap said officers would patrol rivers and parks within the city Were ready just like we have been so far this he NBPD is preparing for both the weekends to be big but Dun lap said he was not sure which would be You just never Were kind of planning on the second week end being the busier of the Being that the Fourth is in the mid dle of the our thinking is See INSIDE Key Code 76 Comal school trustees award administrator pay raises BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer An adjustment in property values for next year is giv ing Comal Independent School District teachers a minimum pay Trustees approved the pay hikes along with raises for other Administrators and classi fied employees will get a 5 percent increase based on the midpoint salary in their employee custodial staff and parapro fessionals will move up one step on their salary sched Food service employees have a new salary schedule that includes pay The teacher pay raises will cost the district district finance director Abel Campos To fund the teacher pay budget cuts of more than were including administrative staff reductions in the central CISDs current budget is about million Its tax rate is per val The average home in CISD is worth which means the average tax bill is Starting salary for teach ers will be For the 20002001 school begin ning teachers made Teacher Sal Years of experience 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 200001 salary salary CISD spokeswoman Kari value projections from the Hutchison said updated local See
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