Wednesday, August 29, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY August 2001 16 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 249 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents City might give gift to Little League Possible land donation hits home run with organization BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer For three more than kids heard the Play ball at the fields on Loop The boys and girls rounded slid into home and caught fly balls all part of playing the game for New Braunfels Little Those same kids soon might get a gift from the Thats the price the Little League was willing to pay for the baseball But after Monday nights council the organi zation might not have to buy the land the city wants to give it to the Little We voted to postpone the decision until we can find out if its possible to donate the Mayor Stoney Williams We donated the Dit tlinger library building to the so we voted to see if we could donate this land as The idea hit a home run with the Little We think its Little League representative Jon Ellis The reason our whole organization exists is for the benefit of the Everything we do is for If they decide to take that we can divert the mon ey into better playing fields and The Little League main tains the fields under its agreement with the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discussed the price of selling the land and recommended that the city council approve it at Monday nights But council threw a curve ball and asked City Attorney Charlie Zech to look into the possibility of donating the land to the Little the children play on four but Ellis said the association hoped to build three And thats where this mon ey will come he We can use it to build more fields for the The Ellis is a tremendous boon to the Lit League Were so happy about all he This benefits the kids in our If the council goes through with this the money goes back to the kids and the Blame it on the rain High waters force road closures more rain on way BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer New Braunfels and the rest of South Central Texas will have a good chance to see more thun dershowers the rest of the With weekend rains already saturating the Tuesdays rain caused some area road clo sures because of runoff and high At the National Weather Service recorded inches of rain in New National Weather Service forecaster Aldis Strautins said tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico was responsible for the needed rainfall into the The highpressure weather system dominating the area this past week moved west and allowed the gulf moisture to move he A lowpressure near Brownsville was bringing the showers Strautins said the system was not well organized and unlikely to develop into a trop ical but forecasters would keep an eye on it throughout the The weather service predicts an 80 percent chance of rain today with temperatures in the high 80s to low with winds out of the southeast at 10 miles an CHRIS Audrey Williams stands under dark skies Tuesday at her home in Walnut Heights with her rain She has recorded about two inches of rainfall since As of the National Weather Service had recorded another inches for the The recent deluge has forced some area roads to including parts of FarmtoMarket Road 1863 and Obst For a 50 percent chance of rain exists with tem peratures in the low The chance of rain would drop by the weekend with a slight chance for more rain on Labor The weather service issued a flash flood watch Tuesday for the New Braunfels Strautins said the New Braunfels Airport recorded inches of rain on Monday and another weather station in the middle of the city recorded inches of Average rainfall for New Braunfels is 34 inches a Between 1 and the end of the average rainfall runs about 12 So the city has received inch es of rain this Tuesdays morning rains caused minor vehicle The Texas Department of Transportation had barricades up along FarmtoMarket Road 1863 near where it crosses Cibolo Creek and at FM 1863 and Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Obst Road in Bul verde was closed Tuesday because of high water in Cibolo See Last chance to give input on districts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A yearlong effort taken once each decade to redraw Comal Countys voting lines soon could be winding to a Today is the last day to give public input on Comal Countys proposed redistricting The countys redistricting advisory com mittee will meet at 6 today in the Comal County Courthouse Annex to present the county plan and hear any public comments on At the end of the meet the com mittee will vote on whether to present the plan unchanged from a pre sentation in July for approval by com Thursday county commissioners will vote in commissioners court on whether to accept the The plan evenly distributes the popula tion growth in Comal County since 1990 a 50 percent increase to more than among the four Theres been some give and said County Clerk Joy Streater about the new district 3 Commissioner Cristina Zarnora gained area and population from all three of Whats WHAT Meeting to hear public comment on proposed county redistrict ing plan WHEN 6 today WHERE Commissioners third Comal County Courthouse 150 Seguin See Congressman says recession not beginning BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Congress man Lamar Smith is a cardcarrying member of the Republican Mens Club of Comal Smith was among friends Tuesday night at the Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative Im not often with friends who make me as comfortable as you Its nice to be with all of you and know were all working for the same he told a group of about 75 members and Smith spoke for a moment of a con gressman from California whose office in Washington is two doors down from his and who is in quite a jam and then gave a progress report on the new president and his agenda for the people back He began with a little factual back ground on the federal budget and sur he because the national media puts everything in as bad a light as The economy has slowed the congressman A billion sur plus will be down to billion this Even he the surplus over the next 10 years would top Were not at the beginning of a reces and were not at the point of hav ing to cut back on Social Security like weve been accused Smith He was asked during the question andanswer period about media reports that quote Democrats saying that the budget surplus is gone and the govern ment would have to dip into the Social Security Trust Fund to make ends Thats Smith said Whats they know its Its so ironic that they would accuse us of Its what theyve done for Were the ones who have put Social Security in a locked Our slogan should We saved Social Were the ones whove done See CHRIS Congressman Lamar Smith visits with members of the Comal County Republican Mens Club Tuesday in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium before addressing the Monstrosity towering over historic neighborhood BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Residents on Zink Street didnt want A New Braunfels city coun cilwoman opposed But nothing stopped the tower on Zink which already is towering over the Councilwoman Juliet Wat son said she was determined to protect other neighbor hoods from the Theres nothing we can do about the one thats she But we pass a 90 day moratorium on new cell towers to keep it from hap pening in other neighbor INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code Council puts golf plans on back burner BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer This Manager Ward Watson created a plan to radically change the way the Landa Park Golf Course He spent months pouring over golf journals to come up with a proposal to make more money for the He endured angry phone calls from longtime golfers who opposed increasing course and cart And after Monday nights council Watson was left only with the news that hell have to cut expenses even The council delayed a sec ond reading of the ordinance to increase daily fees and remove the course annual pass Im Watson But well just have to operate within the money Weve closed the grill weve laid people Watson proposed increas ing the fees from their cur rent level earlier this year because the courses revenues dont keep up with escalat ing The courses combined with low makes it difficult to main tain greens and Watson said earlier this See