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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY June 21 2003 14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 188 1 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Rules prevent water tragedy K JESSIE By law all passengers boats or personal watercraft must have a coast guardapproved personal floata tion device of the correct size readily available and on board but officials say they should be worn at all times 2part series FRIDAY Safety on Iho countys rivers TODAY Boating kayaking jet skiing safety issues BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer It might be hard to find the bal ance between having fun and being safe while playing on Canyon Lake but the decision could be a matter of life or death officials said Avoiding alcohol wearing life jack ets and operating watercraft respon sibly are some of the most important rules to remember while enjoying the water officials said Gruene projects to be realized after years of debate Few rules regulate swimming and cliff jumping on Canyon Lake but swimmers should be familiar with the water they are playing in said Lake Manager Tim Horn Many children die from drown ing Horn said so its important to watch children atall times It also is best to swim in designat ed areas along the shoreline he said If youre not in designated swimming water you can step off an underwater he said Diving from the many cliffs and bluffs on the lake also can be dan gerous because divers cant predict water depth and obstacles even in familiar areas The American Red Cross suggests diving feetfirst to check for water depth and to avoid head injury On watercraft the most impor tant safety suggestion is to wear a See BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council is on the path to making the Gruene Road improvement and hike and bike trail pro jects a reality Monday council will discuss issuing bonds to fund the pro jects Bonds could be issued as early as next week First a public hearing will be held concerning issuing bonds for the completed County Line Road extension and for the Gruene Road improvements and hike and bike trail projects The million bonds will reimburse money paid out of the reserve fund for County Line which was completed in May Council then will consider an agreement for the final engineering and design ser vices for construction of the Gruene Road Hike and Bike project Bids for the sale of bonds also will be considered Rates could be between 4 and 5 per cent City Manager Chuck Pinto said The Gruene Road improve ment project should begin in January during the tourist offseason said District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull A timeline for the hike and bike trail has not been set Gruene residents and busi ness owners are happy to see the project take the next step Hull said The improvement project has been in the works for more than four years and has See FEMA offers more flood damage buyouts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A few more Horseshoe Falls Estates homeowners who were flooded out a year ago might benefit from a fed eral buyout program County Judge Danny Scheel and Precinct 4 Commis sioner Jan Kennedy Thursday reported about remains available for a third round of buy outs under the Fed eral Emergency Management SCHEEL Agencys Hazard Mitigation Grant Program The program partners with local government to reduce future flood losses by buying flooddamaged properties The federal government reimburses local government for 75 percent of the costs and local government agrees to demolish all structures on the property and to maintain it in a natural state In the first and second rounds of FEMA buyouts a dozen Horseshoe Falls Estates properties were purchased Officials say the additional money would allow the purchase of three or four more County Engineer Tom Hornseth said he would contact 11 homeowners who pre viously expressed interest in buyouts to see if any still wish to participate Scheel said the county was informed of the additional funds this week in a meeting with state Division of Emergency Management head Jack Collie Kennady called the meet ing Very From the very beginning See INSIDE Dear 8 The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day II Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving V Carpool if possible or com bine all errands into one trip Avoid use of drive lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight 1 Avoid use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting Pollution levels are posted online at Above Firefightertumed detective Scott Renken shows off the police badge he now will carry fulltime Right Renken left and Garrick Herbert check on the progress of cleanup operations after putting out a small struc ture fire Renken gave up his fire shield number 337 for his once parttime position in the New Braunfels Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Photos by K JESSIE After splitting his time for 12 years Renken chooses NBPD BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Some little boys want to grow up to be firemen Others want to be police offi cers Scott Renken wanted to do both and he has been He spent 21 years as a fireman and for the past 12 years hes also been a parttime police officer Wednesday New Braunfels fire Lt Scott Renken hung up his bunker gear for the last time and became a fulltime police officer Renken works in the criminal investigation division at the NBPD a parttime job hes held for six years Now hell do it full time and Lt Derek Wrenn takes over Renkens former duties at fire station three on Hanz Drive When I woke up this morn ing the first thing I thought of was what Id been thinking of for more than 20 Renken said Friday Whens the next time I have to go to thefire station It would have been this morn ing I probably wont know what to Renken said Hell enjoy having full week ends off for the first time in 12 years and he plans to spend more time with his family I get to go home eveiy night and Im off every weekend With my children getting older thats whats important in my life right Renken said When Renken was a boy growing up in San Antonio his father Bill Renken was a fire man and then fire chief in Alamo Heights When I originally became a fireman that was my goal to follow in my fathers footsteps and be a fire Renken said As he went up through the ranks Renken discovered he wasnt interested in the See RENKEN3A Eagle Scout project gives community direction BY SEAN BOWLJN Staff Writer A local Boy Scouts project will direct people to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport The sign made by Casey Chance sits outside the facil ity It was Chances Eagle Scout project I had to come up with an Chance said Chance went to the City of New Braunfels planning department to talk about ideas for a project that would better the community Offi Jhere told him of the sign Chance then met with air port manager Darrell Phillips They discussed building the sign Then Chance visited the citys engineer and found out what information the sign would have to display Chance then went to par ents and friends and asked for donations for materials and money to make the sign He talked to officials of the Becker Motor Company and six others including Chuck Waite and Bert Stevens They donated some money See DAVID Qasey Chance displays the sign he created at the airport The project will help Chance earn the rank of Eagle Scout