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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY May 23 2003 j j i ifT 18 pages in 3 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 163 Serving New Bratmfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents CISD trustees OK turf projects touting savings BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The potential money saved by placing artificial turf at Canyon and Smithson Valley High School stadiums won over Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees who approved the projects Thursday despite recent funding controversies At the school boards regu lar meeting Thursday night Canyon and Smithson Valley high booster clubs told trustees they had secured bank loans to pay for their half of the million construction projects Each club presented initial payment checks CISD trustees initially agreed to install the turf during talks of major budget short falls and employee layoffs Booster clubs were to pay half the costs with the district foot ing the other half of the bill The clubs had been unable to get loans from banks so CISD Business Manager Abel Cam pos and Superintendent Jim Grunert OKd lowinterest loans from the district Despite some lingering quoH turns board members support ed installing the turf Its easy for those who are the naysayers to say wo shouldnt do trustee Charles Hurt snid See Pay the county in paper or plastic BY DYLAN Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners cleared the way Thursday for citizens to use their credit cards to pay for county services Commissioners voted to buy credit card processing machines for departments that collect money County Treasurer Susan Patterson hopes to have the service available by June 1 While the contract is still pending County Attorney Dib Waldrip said he was con fident there would be no hangups All county offices have expressed interest in the pro gram After three months the ser vice will be reviewed for cost effectiveness and use The idea has been in the works since February It reportedly would save the county money in costs asso ciated with processing checks especially bounced checks The fee for each transac tion will be 2 percent to cover fees associated with running credit cards The fee could be adjusted in the future to match costs We dont want to make a profit out of this but at the same time wo dont want to cost tho county any Patterson said Patterson recommended the county not take Ameri can Express cards because of the increased fees the county would have to charge tho public Patterson is also looking into the possibility of mak ing creditcard transactions available over the Internet Before doing so she wants to check out security and cost issues I need to find the very best she said Adam Castilleja a New Braunfels High School student hits the ramps Thursday afternoon at the grand opening of Ernst Elkel Skate Park Let the tourist season begin iL Photos by DAVID Michael Long holds up the funnel as Adam Johnson gets a mouthful of beer from their beer bong Thursday morning Waiting for his turn is Keith Wilson Their group arrived from Dallas Thursday morning and has been coming to the Guadalupe River on Memorial Day for the past 20 years Law enforcement steps up river patrol this weekend BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Between 85 and 50 sher iffs deputies will be on patrol this weekend and theyll enforce the rules on the river with zero tolerance Were not concentrating on any ono Comal County sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds said Were just hoping everyone in safe and has a good time Were just here to keep the New Braunfels police might have a tougher time manning tho rivers that flow through tho city but Lt John Villarroal said there would be a substantial amount of people on duty through Monday But officers and deputies arent there to hassle peo ple Ninotynino percent of the people who come down hero are hero to have a good Villarroal said And In anticipation of Memorial Day tourists Julie Gideon sets up a temporary shop across River Road from Janies Riverbank Outfitters on Thursday morning The shop was destroyed by See fire last week Merchants gear up for influx of visitors BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Bavarian Inn owner Hannclore WHH frowning Thursday as who WHH talking on the telephone I just called my tax office for a sho said We had a hard time last Good thing she added with a laugh that she was a good Gorman and had navwl money for a rainy day It h e 1 p e d keep her business a f1 oat during a tough year B u I when asked what H h o expected for this Memo riaj Day weekend Brotxu grew animated and was all mniles Its clear shes not expecting another rainy day Wo hope its going to bo a good said Everybody wants a Saturday night and weve got a twonight minimum I hopu noth ings going to happen as far as Urotzon Huntimonts mirror tho thoughts of every merchant in town as they goaf up for ono of tho busiest of tho year All aro hopeful that tho ring of cash rcg istors will continue See look for the HoraldZeltungs annual visitor guide at local Kids give skate park mixed reviews BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Usually when u kid iw skateboarding in the park jumping off the concrete blubs of the picnic pavilions and grinding thoir boards along the edges of picnic tables they got atopped by police Ono preteen boy said Thursday that running from peace officera is part of the thrill of skating Kids at tho opening of the Ernst Eikel Skate Park mid they were wed to skating the atreets of New Braunfela on atepa curbs and anything they could jump on or off of City and county constructed the park to corral the kida into one facility and to keep them off the streets and out of trouble and danger But grownup mien dont really work in tho world of bkating The 82by H2feet concrete slab has a fivepiece set of equipment There are two 6 or 7foot ramps a low plat form ramped on three sidoa with a low rail across it a picnic table with a ramp and a road barrier with a kicker ramp designed to shoot skaters onto the 3feet barri er On one far corner there in a sign explaining the rules of the park Helmets knee pads and elbow pads are it states It went unheeded in the traffic of skaters and groups of kida who came juat to watch But the skaters were respectful of each others rights of way as they spud past or even hopped over ono another There were alxut JO youths from to 27 speeding down the steep rumps and hopping over the obstacles The park has been buay since it opened a week ago The ceremony Thursday only interrupted tho kids play While the adults were speaking on the importance of safety and thanking each other for making the park possible the kida were itch ing to skate A group huddled around a nearby pavilion taking jumping a small hill They were upset the crowd had gathered for the opening They wont let us See INSIDE TV Key Codo 76
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