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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS 4 FRIDAY March 7 2003 Z12 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 98 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Rise in school parking fees draws parents ire BY SEAN BOWLJN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District raised its parking fees this year for students at Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School And some parents are ques tioning that decision Parking fees rose from to at CHS after fees at Smithson Valley rose from to school district spokesperson Kari Hutchi son said One parent of a CHS stu dent Brenda Klar has initi ated a petition drive and has collected about 100 signa tures asking the school board to take a closer look at the fees Klar said many CHS stu dents who park on campus work to maintain their cars A lot of these kids arent rich You see a lot of clunkers out Klar said She thinks the fee is unjust because its being levied on a small group of students A friend of Klars Laura Wooldridge who has a son who parks his car at CHS said she didnt like the fee either Shes signed the peti tion 1 guess if there were some accounting for whats hap pening with the money that would be alright Where is the money going Theres no accounting for this money And thats Wooldridge said But school district officials say they can account for the money The funds go into a student activity account which helped start Air Force Junior ROTC CHS Principal Bob Weigand said It also pays for club field trips KOOG radio helping the UIL academic program and for class incentives things like pizza parties to See Making waves DAVID INGRAWHeraldZeitung James Dobson goes horizontal while nding a wakeboard at Texas Ski Ranch Extreme Sports Complex Thursday after noon TSR will host a wakeboard and waterski camp the week of spring break Ski Ranch scores some big events BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Though the weather might not want to cooperate Texas Ski Ranch Extreme Sports Complex is gearing up for spring break For anyone who cant go to Cancun or Padre were spring breaking said Christine Bialick who owns TSR with her husband Paul The ranch is 70 acres of campgrounds lakes a 25 foot diving pond shops and skate and bike courses locat ed off Interstate 35 just north of New Braunfels DAVID Brad Allen a student at Southwest Texas State University takes to the air after crossing a ramp at Texas Ski Ranch Extreme Sports Complex TSR is a part of the recreation department at SWTSU TSR will host a wakeboard and waterski camp the week of spring break and open its main boat lake and a restaurant toward the end of March Bialick said owners have not decided on a name of the eatery that will overlook the lake and much of the prop erty A Hawaiian Tropic model and representative are com ing March 15 for a TSR beach party And the extreme sports complex will host a skate competition March 29 TSR also has several upcoming events in the sum mer months including major extreme sports tournaments to be held weekly The main lake of TSR will host three major regional competitions two major tour ing clinics American Water ski Association Wakeboard Nationals and AWA College Nationals Bialick expects hundreds of participants and thousands of patrons to attend these events See Commissioners agree to help fund Eikel skate park BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In a move officials hope will in part help keep skate boarders off the streets and off the commissioners court steps by providing a better alternative county officials have agreed to help New Braunfels build a skate park The item was one of three parkrelated questions on Thursdays commissioners court agenda The other two pertained to Hidden Valley Sports Park located on Dam Access Road at Canyon Lake In those items commis sioners voted to lease acres recently added to the 40acre site to a Canyon Lake area service organiza tion and agreed to ask the Army Corps of Engi neers to add the spillway gorge to the park At its last February meet ing the New Braunfels City Council voted to build a skateboarding facility at Eikel Park in the west end of the city Comal County and New Braunfels partnered at Eikel Park to build a walking path that gets considerable use and has increased use of the park City officials Thursday sought county help in pay ing for the new skating facil ity Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson and Parks Director Iris Neffendorf approached commissioners asking that the county take up half of the estimated cost to pour a con crete pad on which a skate park will be built The new skateboarding facility would replace volley ball courts at the park The City of New Braun fels has the opportunity to obtain the elements of a skate park at a really reduced price We feel we need some thing like this to find a place for kids to recreate and our thought was we would fur SCHEEL ther our partnership with the county that we established to build a suc cessful walking Fer guson said We think its a unique opportunity to serve both city and county Fer guson said County Judge Danny Scheel agreed I support the skate park he said He mentioned damage to tiles on the front of the com missioners court building and bars erected in county park ing lots and said both were related to skateboarding Scheel said he thought it was important to provide a safe place to skateboard From what kids tell us it will be so utilized we would have to find another Ferguson said of a skate park During the skate park dis cussion Scheel raised the idea of giving Solms Park to the City of New Braunfels for inclusion in the citys parks system That item will appear on future agendas at city hall and commissioners court Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora and Coun ty Parks Manager Eric Gib son would be directed to enter into discussions with city offi cials about granting control of the park to the city Solms Park developed at a cost of around is a nineacre facility at FarmtoMarket Road 482 and Rusch Lane that was supported by community volunteers who helped build it Spearheaded by See County approves creating assistant treasurer position BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commis sioners Thursday unani mously approved hiring an BBsifftentfor Treasurer Susan Patterson A second agenda item involving the treasurers office system that would allow people to pay for county fees fines and services with credit postponed while details are hammered out with the countys bankers The position in the trea surers office will be posted in the countys Human Resources office to be filled by April 1 Cost of salary benefits and equipment the employee will use will be for the remainder of the year In a brief presentation to commissioners court Pat terson told the body how the position would be paid for what the employee would be doing and why it is impor tant to the county In recent meetings with Wells Fargo Bank Patterson discovered that reduced bank fees negotiated two years ago were never applied to the countys bank accounts Wells Fargo acknowledged the error and credited the See TREASURERS INSIDE Key Code 76 Legislative Conference later this month BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Top state and national busi ness and governmental lead ers will gather at the New Braunfels Civic Center March 2021 to interact with com munity members at the 37th annual Texas Legislative Con ference Highlight of the conference is a reception to honor this years Ifexan of the Year Karl Rove senior presidential adviser and assistant to Pres ident Bush The reception begins at 7 March 20 with an intro duction by Sen John Cornyn This month Rove is on the cover of Texas Monthly He arguably the most At a glance WHAT 37th Annual Texas Legislative Conference WHEN March 2021 WHERE New Braunfels Civic Center influential person in America right now with his access to the said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce the events main sponsor The Texan of the Year award is given to the Texan with the most valuable con tribution in public service Previous winners included for mer President George Bush and President George W Bush as well as Sea Kay Bailey Hutchison and busi nessman Red McCombs During March 2Is confer ence guest speakers will dis cuss insurance costs homeland security and terrorism and oth er hot political topics from to Registration begins at Speakers include Mike Tbomey chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor state Sen Teel Bivins chair of the Senate Finance Committee state Rep Tom Craddick Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Lt Gov David Dewhurst Jose See CONFERENCES
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