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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY April 16 2003 i Jk A JL Jt 18 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 131 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Pinto City budget woes likely to force layoffs BY DYLAN Staff Writer New Braunfels is one step closer to city staff layoffs Tuesday night the New Braunfels City Council passed a reduction in force RIF pol icy which might be used to make 25 to 30 layoffs Chuck Pinto city manager said The vote to pass the policy was unanimous however Dis trict 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume and District 4 Coun cilman Robert Kendrick were absent to appear on a radio program Looking at the possibility of layoffs to balance budget shortfalls city officials deter mined a policy would be nec essary to ensure equality if the citys workforce is reduced This is gonna come on you Pinto told council These decisions are less than 45 days Pinto said the city is about million behind in the cur rent budget and city officials need to increase revenues or taxes or reduce expenditures by the end of the tax year June 30 The city needs a bal anced budget with three pub lic readings and a tax rate needs to be set before July 1 the beginning of the tax year Unless that comes together right which is not likely we will probably need to look at doing some reduction in force and reorganization to the point that we would be losing some vacant positions and very likely some filled posi Pinto said The city already is under staffed 20 positions in police fire and public works And though the city has saved See Hard to contain the eggcitement Above During the mad dash for gold silver and chocolate Hunter Coronado 8 finds a stash of around the bottom of a Landa Park Oak tree Top Coronado grabs an egg wedged in the split of a tree trunk Citys Easter egg hunt over in a flash BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Perfect spring weather brought hun dreds of Now Braunfels residents to Landa Park Saturday to celebrate the season All over the park different groups gathered to enjoy the weather snap Easter pictures of their children and hunt for Easter eggs The largest hunt involved 200 chil dren and parents The citysponsored Easter egg hunt was open to children younger than 10 and their parents The city has hosted the event for sev eral years said Linda Lane youth activ ities programmer for the parks and recreation department This years event was sponsored in part by the New Braunfels Evening Rotary which had volunteers on hand The main workload was on the six or eight rangers who worked mainly to keep the squirrels from stealing the brightcolored eggs Apparently the crit ters were eating the treats inside Some of the eggs had candy others had coupons for discount prices on minia ture golf and paddle boats The crew had been there since earli er that morning Its one of those events that takes two hours to set up and about two min List of Easter utes to Lane said In fact the hunts were over in just a few minutes as children scrambled for eggs in three different areas separated by ago group to be fair The youngest age group was children under three Their parents did most of the work Some of the parents couldnt even get the toddlers to pay attention to the eggs on the ground in front of them Lane said different age groups had different attitudes about the event But everyone was itching to be involved In fact one child had to be pulled aside because he was too old to participate See Under US eyes Iraqis plan for new government BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Iraqis met under American auspices to shape a new gov ernment Tuesday and said the rule of law must be para mount following Saddam Husseins fall In a war divi dend officials said they had taken Palestinian ter rorist Abul Abbas into cus tody in Baghdad Four weeks after forces unleashed their assault President Bush promised fo liberate overy corner of Iraq and American troops hastened to redeem his pledge Marines solidified their grip on Tikrit SuddamH hometown and American officials said fighting had ended in Qaim a town near the Syrian border Acting on a tip commandos searching a home in Bagh dad found a weapons cache with a chemical labo ratory and documents they said were instructions on making chemi cal and biologi cal wea p o n s T hey also reported finding a bomb concealed inside a bottle another in an umbrel la and a third in a telephone The meet ing on a now government drew scores of Iraqis to a goldcolored tent erected in Ur biblical birthplace of the Jewish patriarch Abra ham and antiAmerican protest in a nearby city No to America and no to chanted thousands of Shiite protesters in Nasiriyah exercising their now freedom of speech to object to the imminent cre ation of an American inter im governing authority See A New noise rule tells tubers to turn it down BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Residents and visitors might have to turn down the volume of their radios on the river this summer Monday night the New Braunfels City Council rehashed the citys noise ordi nance to target river activity If approved at two more public hearings the ordi nance would allow peace offi cers to fine up to river tubers whose radios can be heard 60 feet away Fifty feet is the width of an NBA basketball court The ordinance also would be applicable to public prop erty such as streets build ings highways sidewalks and even to motor vehicles on public property and thor oughfare The first reading of the pro posed ordinance passed 52 with Mayor ProTern Lee and District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick voting against At the last regular council meeting March 24 council shot down a controversial attempt to ban the use of boomboxes on the rivers The bun stemmed from con cerns that the current noise ordinance was too difficult to enforce After the ban was unanimously voted down See Guadalupe River cleanup nears final stages BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The second phase of the final Guadalupe River cleanup is under way and local offi cials are confident it will be completed well in advance of the summer tourism season County Engineer Tom Hornseth has been monitor ing the cleanup which is near ing its final stages The Natural Resource Con servation Service has let a sec ond contract It will see prop erties not included in the first riverbed contract added along with the interiors of private properties adjacent to the riv er that were flooded this past July Both contractors are focused on eligible Hornseth said which is floatable debris manmade or natural which was deposited by the flood They started April 7 They were starting at the very top at the New Life Treatment Center There was material to be removed there and then they were moving on down into Horseshoe Falls Hornseth said The work in tho estates will take a little time Hornseth said While the cleanup has been dealt setbacks over the win ter Hornseth said it would be done in ample time for the summer season I think everyone feels con fident theyll have the work completed Both crews are working now the original con tractor as well as the second Horaseth said I visited with the NRCS on Thursday and they feel good that theyre going to have this thing Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said business iw already picking up on the rivers and he looks forward to a busy summer I drove by the Comal River today There are quite a few people out there Scheel said Friday 1 hope well be ready We expect to Scheel said he wanted to remind those already in the river to allow cleaning crews plenty of room to do their jobs The county has issued an order that makes it a misde meanor to tube raft or kayak dose to a cleaning crew or its equipment Community Builder Ronald Zipp right presents Helgard SuhrHollis with the Masonic Lodges Community Builder Award Tuesday evening The award is given annually to non Masons for their service to the community INSIDE TV Key Code 76
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