Friday, August 29, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY August 16 pages in 2 sections Vol 247 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents riff BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Sheriff Bob Holder was the big winner in Thursdays hearings on the proposed 2004 Comal County During discussions of salary for elected commissioners approved County Judge Danny Schools motion to give Holder a hefty pay AUcounly elected officials will get 4percent raises in Holders pay will increase from annu ally to 17 The pay issue came up during discussions of a motion by Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson to give elected officials a 2percent costofliving raise instead of the 4 percent proposed in the county bud Dawson said hed talked to offi cials in and dis covered the cost of living rose by about percent instead of 4 per cent during the past Dawsbn said he wanted to hold raises for elected officials at the lev el recommended for Scheel originally budgeted 4per cent employee but cut them back because some county depart ment heads said they Would prefer a system where employees who deserve them could get midyear merit pay County Clerk Joy Streater Thurs day morning sent Scheel a com parison of salaries of elected offi cials supporting the 4percent Included was a comparison of Hold ers pay to that of his chief Richard A county Bennie start ed his position making less than Holder But in when elect ed officials in Comal County didnt get a pay who is paid began making more money than his whose salary is Before this the countys HOLDER practice had been to give employees a costofliving At depending upon an employees a coun ty worker could get a merit pay raise of 2 or 4 Given a 3 percent costofliving a coun ty employee who did a superior job could get a 7percent raise for the Thursday Scheel also discovered New Braunfels pays its police chief to run a much smaller who does not vote on his broke tradition Thursday by making and then voting on an amendment to his This is totally The See Every once in a you cross an onion with a donkey and you get something River outfitter Zero Rivers A gangbusters weekend t JESSIE Craig of tnes on straw hats for his Guadalupe River adventures at Rockin R Thursday Area merchants are preparing for a hectic but fruitful Labor Day weekend as tourists get in a few more days of Guadalupe River River outfitters ready for summers last hurrah BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer As Labor Day guests began arriving Thursday in advance of summers last local innkeepers and oth er officials were expecting a good Diane president of the Canyon Lake Lodging Associ reported Thursday that lodging managers in the kke area are excited about prospects for the I just have sent two calls in the last five minutes to a new Reed As far as I we are 100 percent booked in the lake New Braunfels Area Cham ber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the sum mer has been good compa rable to which set local The weather has cooperat the water flow has been and the behavior on our rivers is better this Meek certainly feel like were going to have a very good Labor Day weekend should be he Judy spokeswoman for the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er said the river flow out of Canyon Dam will be raised to 300 cubic feet per sec ond this weekend the level most river outfitters consider prime for tubing on the See HOLIDAY CLOSINGS Closed Monday City and county offices Banks Comal ISO and New Braunfels ISO schools Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce downtown office Other Changes Highway Visitor Center will be open from 9 to 5 Recycling service will run as and garbage pickup will begin at 5 Propositions affect minerals PROPOSITION Casteel urges voting on 22 critical amendments 2003 ProppattkxifilandS Tomorrow BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer State Carter Casteel would be first to admit she likes to have fun and loves to tell a good she apologized for what she said would be a dull dis course about 22 proposed amend ments to the Texas Constitution on the 13 RNew urged county residents to vote in this years constitutional amendment election either in early voting that began Thursday or on election Its critical that we exercise our duty to Casteel These amendments are and theyre not hard to The proposed amendments already have been approved in the state leg They must be ratified by vot ers to become Over the days See related ing up to the the story on HeraldZeitung will offer information on the proposed Proposition 1 would authorize the Veterans Land Board to use assets in certain veterans land and veter ans housing assistance funds to pro vide veterans homes for the aged or See INSIDE Court adopts million budget for 04 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners adopted the proposed 2004 budget but not with out Commissioners conducted two public hear ings one person attended each and then adopted the mil lion Under the Comal County will pay about in floodrelated add another road repair a second county courtatlaw increase spending for indigent health care to The budget passed by a vote of Coun ty Judge Danny Scheel abstains from voting on his Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay who has nev er supported a county was the only who serves on the local United Way board and does other volunteer and charity does not believe Comal County taxpayers should support nonprofit entities or other taxing such as the countys rural fire I understand the importance of fire and BY THE NUMBERS million adopted 2004 budget million general fund million road and bridge fund million indigent health cars million benefits million operating costs Anticipated Revenues million property taxes assessed at cents of valuation million sales taxes million court fines and fees Special to the HeraldZeitung This is an architects rendering of what the new Canyon Lake High School would look CISD gives nod for new school at Canyon Lake BY DYLAN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District approved designs for the new million Canyon Lake High School Thursday The designs had twice been The contractor will begin work on con struction which they will continu ally check with staff to ensure the plans are going in the right said Guillermo maintenance and operations depart ment The new high school is part of the 1999 bond It will be built on Farmto Market 306 near FarmtoMarket 484 north