Wednesday, May 28, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY May 28 16 pages in 2 sections paRes in 2 sccti EITUNG Vol 152 No 167 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Memorial Day business great K JE88IE On Quadalupe River Comal County Sheriffs deputies stood In the middle of the river for everyone to see but also stayed less visible along the shore watching closely for underage drinkers and lewd behavior Crowds were large arrests down slightly BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Memorial Day revelers crowded into the city and county during the weekend and for the most part they behaved themselves Nobody knew Tuesday just how many guests New Braunfels and Comal County entertained for the official opening of summer 2003 But the sense of business men officials and law enforcement officers wan that the city and county were full and the crowds wore fair ly well behaved J Folger of Folger Tube Rentalu located on Liberty Avenue in Now Braunfels wan a little tired Tuesday Im Folger said an he and his staff wore clean ing up My legs are hurting today Saturday started out a little slow but Sunday was great Monday was a little slower again but it was all good Were ready for it Im tired of boing completely Fol ger said Out in the county Water Oriented Recreation District General Manager Georgd Cushanick said hed seen his busiest Memorial Day week end in his four years on the job It was great Cushanick exclaimed There were lines all over the place Beyond a shadow of a doubt it was a great weekend and it was spread all over the river I would say 95 percent of the people I saw said they had a greal week he said The business was shared across the county said Cushanick whose district oversees recreation on Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe Kivcr outside the New Braunfels city limits We had good crowds at the FM 306 loop all the way down to first crossing There were people everywhere and the campgrounds wore packed to Cushan ick said I have not seen the campgrounds this full in my Sunday Cushnnick went around to the countys boat ramps and they wore all full as well Law enforcement officials he said reported arrests See Comal Leadership Insitute commencement Above Comal Leadership Institute student Matthew Mortellra seems lost In the moment as principal Sandy Hancock reads a letter from a thankful student at Tuesday nighfs graduation ceremony Left Daniel Matthew Romero Salazar gasps as a Comal Leadership Institute official announces the 2003 gradu ates Right Senecca Shawn Sadler gets an ova tion as he crosses the stage and reaches for his diploma K JESSIE Few opinions at first public hearing on taxes BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer ThreorcnidentH showed up Tuesday to express opinions concerning the proposed i cent tax increase and budget New Braunfels City Coun cil set a second public hoar ing on the tax rate and bud got for June 22 Before homestead exemp tions the bill would equal more per year on a homo Tho tax hike would bring in an estimated million City Manager Chuck Pinto said Tuesday that money would add three new police officer positions and six fighter positions About would go to each city district for street repair The now budget also includes retention programs lor city staff including a com petitive pay schedule for police investigators and incentives for paramedics and a 5 percent pay increase across the board for city staff Tho throe residents were in favor of a tax increase but against a 5 percent pay increase for city staff Im here to express my support for the tax See NBISD passes budget with raise for teachers BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District trustees held the line on property tux es and promised teachers an unspecified raise when they adopted the budge Tuesday night Tho district tax rate is per valuation Hchool board President loo Kdwards asked why the budget was unspecific about teacher raises after toppri ority requests asked for to cover a Uporcer it teacher raise Tho budget that was passul tonight is kind of a bulk and Kdwardssaid It did nt identify specifically what their the teachers raise would he We have delayed that specification in order to try to give the state an tunity to see what kind of dollars they wore going to try to put Superintendent Iton Keaven had asked trustees to use part of the districts million in reserves to cover the bud gets million shortfall The budget lists million in revenues and million See Bulverde City Council allows public smoking BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer HULVEUOK Business patrons can continue to light up at local establishments Bulverde City Council con ducted a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss banning smoking in local public buildings and restau rants except bars Then in the face of public opposition expressed in the meeting council voted unan imously to take no action on the ordinance Im opposed to waid Alderman Charlie Ib me the government that gov erns least governs Other aldermen including Bob Barton Bill Krawietz Elliott Franklin and Mai McCUnchie believed Homo thing should be done but were not sure that the pro posed law which would make public smoking a crim inal class C misdemeanor offense was the answer We need something but I dont know whether an out right ban is what we need light Franklin said The ordinance proposed by McClinchie in response to concerns expressed by vot ers would have been simi lar to laws passed two years INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 8A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 910A Today 2A TV Grid 2B Key Coda 76 Council approves civic center study BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The third time was the charm Tuesday night for a civic center feasibil ity study Tho study will be complet ed within iO days and will compare the proposed expan sion of the existing civic cen ter with a proposed now Ikcil ity on the Contul llivor at Prince Solms Park Tho iucility would bo a one stoiy squarefeet con tor with a multilevel park ing structure Tho study would examine the proposed sites existing conditions external and would create a site plan Tho plan would detail tho pros and cons of the P r i n c e H o 1 in H Park pro ject It also would address flooding and envi VALENTINE ronmental issues Cost eatimatoH for the ex pansion of tho civic center and for tho new facility will bo proparod Tho study will specify a number of options fur now facility budgets Now Uraunfols City Council approved tho study 01 with District 6 Coun cilman Ken Valentino vot ing against Council lias defeated a civic center feasibility study twice before In March coun cil decided it was getting ahead of itself by examining the iswue before the propo sition passed May ing hold occupancy tux mon ey to be used for the civic center Karlier Ibis month council down the study insisting it give an idea of the financial return the city could expect from a new civic center UB opjxjsod to expansion of tho current one Tho marketing aspect WUB the focus of conversa tion Tuesday Valentino said ho was See CIVIC