New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 7, 2001, Page 3

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung July 7, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, July 7, 2001 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 3AGOLF/From 1A Austin. We cut out winter Texans. Only people who live in New Braunfels get the discount.” GOLF CARTS The fees for golf carts also change under Watson’s plan. Private cart fees are $9 a day; Landa Park charges $10 a day for cart rentals. Two people are allowed to ride in privately owned carts for a cost of $4.50 each. Currently, cart owners pay $165 annually. “We removed the annual trail fee,” Watson said. “That’s another big change. The private carts pay daily, but 99 percent of them are senior citizens, so whenever someone rides with them, they aren’t charged additional money. It provides us with more revenue to care for the course and the greens fees.” Advisory board member Charlotte Larson was surprised at Watson’s sweeping changes. She said people would not play on the course at the rates he proposed. “They’ll go somewhere else, or they’ll just stop playing,” she said. NEW FUND The plan creates an “enterprise fund” for golf course revenue. The fund will pay all golf course expenses, and no money will go into the general fund. Currently, expenditures are paid from the general fund. Watson’s plan reportedly would make Landa Golf Course self-sufficient. Creating the enterprise fund keeps golf course revenues solely for the course, he said. “We can save for a bad year or make improvements,” Watson said. “Golfers won’t pay for anything but golf, and taxpayers will pay for streets and drainage, not golf.” But the enterprise fund creates questions for city staff members. Both City Manager Mike Shands and Chief Financial Officer Chef Lewis said they believed some of the money from the course should go back to the general fund. “With the fund, all the expenditures that normally come from the general fund will go into the enterprise fund,” Lewis said. “He can measure it completely. If a problem comes up, he’ll have to ask the general fund to add money or cut expenses.” Shands said the council would address the enterprise fund issue Monday. ADVISORY BOARD Finally, the new plan restructures the Golf Course Advisory Board. Currently, the Men’s Association, Women’s Association and Landa Legends each have one representative on the seven-member board. Under the new plan, all seven members would be appointed by city council. The associations are not included in the new membership plan. Watson said he believed the members did not always express the best interest of the golf course. “The representatives from the different associations did not always have what’s best for the golf course (in mind),” he said. “And that’s where most of the conflict came in the past. People were fighting for cheap golf, not necessarily what’s best for the course.” Larson said she had no idea Watson intended to change any of the fees, much less the advisory board. She represents the Women’s Association and would be one of the members who no longer would have a board seat under Watson’s plan. “Why have an advisory board then?’ she asked. “Just do away with it — if the council is going to appoint every member. They won’t be golfers; they won’t be interested in golf. Just let the council operate the whole thing.” She questioned Watson’s changes to the committee’s structure. “I can’t imagine what he was thinking,” she said. “The council’s cut the budget already. They don’t understand what it costs to mn a golf course. Maybe they don’t want a course; maybe that’s it.”ENGINEERS/From 1A    HOUSE/From    1A The site includes information about on-site sewage facilities and subdivision information — including a downloadable plat application. Coming soon are a downloadable version of the county’s subdivision regulations and weather information with an up-to-the minute forecast as well as rainfall, stream level and weather statistics from weather stations around the county. . Erie Gibson, who works for Hornseth as a product administrator, designed the Web site. He is also Hornseth’s liaison with the computer services department. Gibson said he built the site using off-the-shelf soft- Obituaries— WYATT Lavon Wyatt passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2001, in New Braunfels, Texas, at the age of 57 years. She is survived by one son, Curtis W. Miles and wife, Carol, of Killeen, Texas; three daughters: Debra Espinosa and husband, Isadore, of New Braunfels; Sandra Lepek and husband, Paul, of New Braunfels; and Brenda Martinez and husband, Robert, of New Braunfels; seven grandchildren:    Joseph, Rachel, Natasha, Emily, Paisley, Alec and John; brother O.J. Hoffman and wife, Jea-nine, of Marion, Texas; and two sisters: Kathy Odom and husband, Donnie, of Seguin; and Ormajean Yearly of Montgomery, Ala., and her best friend, Carolyn Miles of Nevada. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Zoeller Funeral Home and will continue until service time Sunday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Services will conclude at the funeral home. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association. Zoeller Funeral Home Subscribe today — Call 625-9144 ware. He’s worked on the site for three months, and probably has much more work ahead as he adds features and news from Hornseth’s office. “It’s not a static Web site. It’s constantly being updated and constantly changing,” Gibson said. Hornseth said even though the site was not finished, he decided to get it online because it already carried valuable information. More information is on the way, he said. “I keep telling Erie we’re about halfway, maybe 30 percent done, Hornseth said. “We have a lot we can add to it. We’ll continue to improve it as time goes by.” CAVANAGH Robert V. Cavanagh passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2001, in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 77 years. Services will be at ll a.m. Monday, July 9, 2001, at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. Interment will be later in the week at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. Zoeller Funeral Home Nkw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $36; one year, $68. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $31.80; six months, $58; one year, $109.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $81; one year, $124.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday can call (830) 625-9144 . Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. house, the commission voted unanimously to tear it down at the city’s expense. The commission’s job is to take care of abandoned buildings or dangerous property inside the city limits. The five-member panel meets once a month to discuss prop erty that may pose a health or fire safety threat. Instead of taking owners to court, the commission acts instead, ordering property owners to take care of the problems or the city will act to tear them down. Owners last paid taxes in 1988, according to the appraisal district. And no one responded to city notices to appear before the Building Standards Commission. The city sent out notices this week that the home will be taken down by the street department. The city hopes to recover the cost of demolition through a lien on the property — although outstanding taxes and penalties already cost more than the property is worth. No timetable has been set for the demolition, City Attorney Charlie Zech said. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: July 7, 2001

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