Wednesday, October 15, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas EDNESDAY OCTOBER LIFE POWWOW Moving Waters Powwow to celebrate American Indian culture with food music and dancing Page IB ii 7990J mil 1852 THEYRE IN Naw Braunfels Unicorns volleyball team steps over Lake Travis for a post in the state playoffs Page 5A Vol 152 No 287 14 pages 2 sections www 56825II000011 Mostly sunny High Low 77 56 Details2B 3B AR ABBY 46 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A APPLAUSE SB SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 46 FnoNTand CENTER For city and countyofficials where theres a theres a DAVID Comal County Webmaster Jeff Collins and Karen Patrick a comput countys Web site New Braunfels and Comal County have invested er help desk employee for the county look over the design of the time and money to provide more services via the World Wide Web Foray onto Internet makes government accessible By Dylan Jimenez and Ron Maloney Staff Writers In days gone by governments post ed proclamations and important information the public needed to know on bulletin boards in the square on the main plaza or on the main street Today they often as not post it on the Worldwide Web From Comal Countys site fetus or a Web surfer can get to any of the others Comal County has had a Web site since 1998 Computer Services Direc tor jphn Pumas said the county began tq really emphasize Web pres ence in 2000 Prior to 2000 it was very Dumas said It wasnt until then that we really started pushing it In 2002 we had someone with the creative juices and graphic abilities to really enhance it We think its pretty dis Today it gets between and hits per month and offers a huge amount of information and access to services A related intranet site not acces sible to the public provides informa tion to county employees Its a fully functional Web site with all the bells and Dumas said Its not as extensive or flam boyant as our Internet site but its critical to our County Webmaster and computer trainer Jeff Collins operates the coun ty site A separate site for County Engineer Tom Hornseths office is operated by Eric Gibson Both sites provide information about the county and its services links to biographical information about elected or appointed officials and email links to departments and employees The sites also link to weather news and other information and both pro vide access to photos of natural resources flood information and his toric scenes of Comal County One unique service the county Web site offers is the ability to search for information from the countys court records on the Judicial Records Search link Included are convictions lawsuit filings and the outcomes of cases See WEB Page 3A CLICKING IN Countys Internet Web site averages between and hits each month I It costs per year to operate and Ijhe city budg ets for its Web site manager on THE WIB Comal County New Braunfels Federal cash stalls new dams By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Five years after the flood of 1998 Comal Coun ty is still wrapped up in federal red tape that is delaying construction of a network of flood con trol dams that would protect downtown New Braunfels County Judge Danny Scheel expressed frustra tion that the job isnt already he said TUesday the county has done everything it can to push the projects along A similar network of flood impoundment dams on the Dry Comal and Blieders creeks built after the 1972 flood are credited with reducing water levels in New Braunfels by 30 percent in 1998 Scheel said shortly after he took office that he wanted to build more flood control structures on the Dry Comal and in the Guadalupe River watershed A flood control dam is dif ferent from Canyon Dam in that it is not designed to per manently hold water but only to slow it down Locations have been cho sen for the first two of per haps five of the in Solms and one in the Elm Creek area On the Solms property Scheel said environmental and studies ordered by the Federal Emer gency Management Agency have been completed So far the county is still waiting on federal money for the to million Weve been working with a corporation out of Scheel said of the Solms site Thats been put on hold We cant move forward until the fundings been released by the federal gov ernment or we forfeit the A study in 2001 estimated a network of five antic ipated dams would cost from to million County Engineer Tom Hornseth who has man aged the effort to develop the dam sites said the federal government has the information it needs to proceed Scheel said the county would not let its flood control needs pass unnoticed at the state or fed eral levels Were continually working Theres not a week that goes by that we dont work toward construc tion of these Scheel said But trying to deal with the federal government and regulations thats so Scheel isnt bashful about telling someone including senators what he wants and how he wants it delivered I had Kay Bailey Hutchisons office through here a little bit ago and they asked What can we do to help you I say You pan help us free up federal funding Were still DAM SITES I One off Krueger Canyon Road would slow the Dry Comal Creek floodwa ters that devas tated Landa Street Live Oak and other West End areas The other is on land located of Hueco Springs Loop Road in the Elm Creek B Projected total cost is million for the two dams County could pare charities fire EMS from budget iy Ron Maloney Staff Writer Cornal County Thursday will discuss whether to continue funding charities or putsjde agencies referred to as contract services in future Cprnrrgssipners Court meets it 8J5 jn the at 199 Main Pte The wmgoine oj thai epMJd affeej whether the tial funding to rural fire depart ments Included in the county budget under cpntract services are the Buiverde Senior Center Com munitjes in Schools me Salvation Army and the Conv mwnity Resource and Recreation Center of qanypn Was ajid other agencies which received iugm Another was paid to support fije and P4S service to Jsy Miilikin has long argued that the coun ty should not be supporting other taxing agencies and should not be spend ing tax money to support charities Millikins concern is that coun ty tppayers in one of the cpujnty should not subsidize serv ices they do not benefit from in another Those people who draw the service should be paying for the service not everyone across the Miiman said Even though serves on the United Way hoard Millikin is set against using tax dollars to port nonprofit agencies like the United Way He supports their work but taxpayers should decide individually what to See BUPGiT Page 3A Randall Morris Associates Real Estate 8306097400