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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Lifestyle Residents have differ ent takes on tubers Third in a C Business ar fare to New Braunfels BRAUNFELS Sports Summer Strength Gamp continues SUNDAY June 8 2003 32 pages in 4 sections NG Vol 152 No 177 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 NB property taxes low even with increase TODAY New Braunfels lags other cities in tax rate but offers more services Related BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Property taxes in New Braunfels remain relatively low despite a 6cent increase to cents per assessed valuation The ordinance to raise taxes is on its way to becoming law Tuesday Although the ordinance must go through two more public hearings and readings there has been virtually no public opposition to the tax hike and council members say they and many of their constituents favor the increase City leaders aay its a question of dol lars versus services The tax increase would give the city an additional in revenue The money would fund three new police offi cers and six new firefighters in depart ments that have experienced personnel cuts this year An additional will be spent on street repair in each of the citys six districts Excluding homestead exemptions res idents will pay more per year for a They call him the ARMORER At Comal County Sheriffs Office Garland does a little bit of everything BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Every organization has at least one or two of those people who arent very flashy and dont say much but do a lot of the work that allows the organization to operate The Comal County Sher iffs office has Sgt Clay Garland ajmechanic Hes a firearms instructor Hes a sniper and a member of the SWAT team Hes an armorer the military equivalent of a gunsmith He runs the sheriffs shooting range He maintains the sher iffs safety equipment including the patrol boat two personal watercraft a Zodiac rubber raft four wheeler allterrain vehicle and emergency genera tors He operates the patrol boat on weekends at Canyon Lake He can shoot like almost no one else can Garland a patrol deputy and then patrol corporal for about a dozen years wearsf alBf of Hes always been inter ested in mechanics particularly motorcycles and hes always been interested in firearms Garland was raised in Glen Rose 60 miles or so from Fort Worth See K JESSIE Above Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Clay Garland who runs the firing range goes over instructions with Baylea Taylor before handing off the weapon to the criminal law student Right Garland demonstrates to officers differ ent penetrations from various weapons and bullets on an outofdate bulletproof vest mm In other action City cites safety in move to close River Acres WW9I tf In other action Monday night New Braunfels City Council will Consider a resolution to charge a fee to accept prejt payments ah anri riohife 1 project would be fcy a bid for demoliticn of flooded homes Bought by th Hajartbui Mifcgtion M98WV HP iswpi of 64 protective vests for the New armor would cost ajsoyt an ordinance aBowjng BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Armando Mena takes his kids to River Acres Park They tube or play in the shallow water of the Guadalupe River just south of a 2foot manmade waterfall He prefers the park to the public pool which he said charges too much money Hes one of several New Braunfels residents who use the park and its river frontage to bask in the sun play in the water and barbe cue outdoors But some residents who live in the Rjver Acres borhood would like to reclaim that park space from out siders New Braunfels City Coun cil will consider temporarily closing the oneacre neigh borhood parkjit its regular meeting Monday night The park would be fenced to prohibit access from the road and the water Parking would be prohibited in front of the park We have some health and safety City Manager Chuck Pinto said Weekend an4 holiday crowds are accessing fjojod damaged homes across the street and endangering them selves he said Weeds and grass have grown up around the lots and debris litters the insides of houses and garages accessible through collapsed walls and doors The park would be closed until three flooddamaged homes are demolished No official timeline for this process has been set Pistrict 4 City Council woman Valerie Hull said res idents support the temporary closure She said many tubers are using the email park as a free flr access point Garden homes issue goes to voters BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE City officials are still debating whether to allow garden homes singlestory resi dences on smaller lots to be built within the city lira its Mayor Jay Feibelman said Friday that contrary to rumor no decisions have been made on whether to initiate zoning changes nec essary for garden homes Feibelman said the city will study the matter more fully then throw the ques tion to the citys voters My big problem has been people are passing around rumors its a done deal Its not Were going to obey the wishes of the people in this thing I have no cat to skin on this Majority rule will he said Feibelman said the issue could come to a ballot in Garden Ridge this fall Socalled garden homes have been controversial in Garden Ridge for some years In the 1980s citizens told the city they didnt want them This year after a devel oper proposed building them city officials began examining the issue again One problem has been misconceptions about what a garden home is That has been exacerbated by some developers building multi unit apartment complexes and marketing individual units as garden Garden Ridge appointed a committee to develop a definition for a garden home See GARDEN just north of Cypress Bend Park The property owners park is being Hull said On weekends the park is full and visitors park on the streets around the park sometimes blocking drive ways and leaving behind lit ter said Charles Cook He has lived on River Acres Pri ve since 1981 Traffic is a problem They park all the way up on our Cook said They dose the road because you cant drive on it The people who live here cant even use the Cook said INSIDE 2C   

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