Wednesday, July 30, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY July 14 pages in 2 sections 218 Serving New Braunfels and Coma 1 County since 1852 50 cents in New Mexico SPECIAL SESSION On the Web Texas Legislative Council FtodM STAFF AND Wine REPORTS AUSTIN Democratic and Republican senators dueled across the TexasNew Mexico state line Tuesday as each camp tried to score political points in the intensifying battle over congressional Republicans urged their Democ colleagues to end their boycott and return from to work on a fair redistricting District 73 Representative Carter RNew expressed frustration Tuesday at the second Democrat walkout since You have to stand your You win some and lose But you cant just run off and Cas teel No Texas problem has ever been solved in New said Ibdd Staples chairman of the Senate Republican The 11 Senate Democrats who left the Capitol to break a quorum Mon day just as Republican Rick Perry was about to call a second spe cial legislative session gave no indi cation they would give The sena tors said theyre prepared to remain out of state beyond the reach of Texas law officers sent to arrest them up to 30 the maximum length of a special Theres nothing fair about a par tisan redistricting effort that turns a deaf ear to the overwhelming majority of Texans and turns it back on the minority CISD employees get new insurance BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Comal Independent School District employees will have It to pay a little more for health insurance this school CISD trustees decided Tuesday to switch insurance providers from Blue It Texas to United Health Although the school dis trict has used Blue Cross for 52 a committee of employees representing each CISD school recom mended in June to change to We wanted a good plan to protect our said Sid director of personnel services and employee United contracts with almost every physician in New Braunfels and with physicians in Central said Frank CISD health insurance con Deductibles and premi ums would be more expen sive with but the company provides the lat est in including Internet Witting New services also include a mailorder drug program and a 24hour nurse callin Beginning staff will to educate employees about the new insurance cover Trustees also approved a percent pay increase for librarian and other See See CASTEEL INSIDE 1 washed out Council members say special treatment unfair to taxpayers BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels employees no longer will be allowed free access to city swimming The Parks and Recreation Department announced Tues day the longstanding perk would no longer be City council decided Monday night to discontinue the practice after a who would not give his name for pub addressed council regarding the second reading of a parks fee The resident was not opposed to the employee perk but argued it should be more strictly claiming friends of city employees take advan tage of the Mayor Adam Cork expressed sur prise at the which Parks and Recreation Director Iris Nef fendorf said had been in place as long as she could If council had taken it in other action New Braunfels City Council also directed City Manager Chuck begin the east if town to service growhg areas of the ftyA construction there are some city employees who arent going to be too happy about but there are probably some taxpay ers out there who arent too happy about city employees getting free pool Cork said it was important every one be treated equally and urged department heads to bring specialtreatment policies to councils City Manager Chuck Pinto said it would be best for such policies to be discussed before council because they affect revenue The city currently charges for an annual family Family passes are also taken advantage Nef fendorf Barbara Landa Park Aquatic Complex assistant said she didnt think eliminating the policy See DAVID City of New Braunfels employees will now pay the same price to use the citys pools as tourists like Kaitiyn Lampley from who is visiting the Landa Park Until city employees were admitted to the pools DAVID Shelia and Cindy Martinez purchase wrist bands from New Braunfels Parks and Recreation cashier Amanda Reeves at the Landa Park Project will improve flooddamaged sports park BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Next Lake Little guers might once again have their own fields to practice in and play Commissioners this week will open bids for the restoration of Hidden Valley Sports The 4740re park includes ball fields and a recreation cen ter operated by the Communi ty Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Last commissioners voted to tease an additional 13 acres of land for more fields and That which has not yet been will not be part of the reconstruc tion according to county Parks Manager Eric When water poured over the spillway during the July 3002 it cut a path past th park and dumped gravel trees and debris on its playing The fences and other facjjitjes were damaged or DAWSON The recreation center has operated since the but the fields have yet to be although inmate work crews cleared much of the dur ing the fall and The Little football and soccer associations have had to make do with other facilities ami are waiting for their courts to get put back Gibson This will be a huge reconstruction Work will include new top seeding and irri gation Gibson said the bids would open 7 and would be awarded at commis sioners court one week We know we wont have it done in time for fell but we want it done as soon as possible to get kids playing out there Gibson Hidden Valley Sports Park is located in Precinct 4 Com missioner Jan Kennadys precinct and is adjacent to Jack Dawsons precinct When Kennady took office in one of the first requests she received was to get the reconstruction project If s taken awhile to get start ed because we had to first do the things that were Did you know Hidden valley Sports Park is one of three county The 47acra facility is on South Access Road betow Canyon 1 Comal County teas es the park land from the Army Corps of Engineers and sublets it to the Community Resource and Recreation the Canyon Lake Uttte Canyon Lake Soccer AssocMon and Pop Warner FoofcaD