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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY MARCH 11 2004 ZEITUNG SPORTS TAKING A SWING Canyon girls chip and put their way to victory winning the Comal Invitational with a team score of 338 Page 5 FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on loud annoying train horns building an American empire and alter native Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 10 pages 1 section K 50 wvwr DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFIEDS 310 Mostly cloudy High Low 66 47 Details1B COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS FRONT and CENTER DAVID Roger Dolle park ranger superintendent gives new city Parks Director Stacey Laird former recreation manager for the Arlington Parks Department a tour of the Landa Park facilities REDEFINING RECREATION A few weeks on the job new parks director outlines goals By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels new Parks Director Stacey Laird wont have long to get ready for the summer crunch but says shes already gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year Easter weekend Laird who was the recre ation manager for the Arling ton Parks Department start ed Feb 17 after beating four other candidates for the a year position Laird said her goals for the department include past experiences Ive got some ideas based on my past she said Whether they work out remains to be seen though But I also want to take into consideration my staffs expe riences as well as the com munitys City Manager Chuck Pinto said development of the parks department is a priority for city council We want the parks depart ment to be on a equal foot ing with the fire department DAVID Stacey Laird started with the city Feb 17 after working as recreation manager for the Arlington Parks Department and the police he said The parks and recreation departments revenues for fis cal year 2003 were Total expenditures were One of my biggest con cerns is infrastructure Laird said We need new restrooms signs and playground equip ment But none of those are immediate needs although they will definitely give the parks a feeling of change for the Laird said she hopes to implement more youth pro grams Id like to get a summer track and field program organized for she said But I also want to upgrade playground equipment and have more sports and leisuretime activities for kids team Tof Eds at varying affi letic A grant will help improve Camp Comal adult softball fields replace some bleachers and upgrade the irrigation she said Community feedback will be an important tool for Laird We want to develop a cus tomer matrix program and use surveys to gather feedback from park she said With summer only months away Laird is preparing for one of the biggest weekends of the year she said Were gearing up for sum mer so Im trying to become an expert on river activities and summer recreation poli cies in a short period of she said Easter weekend is one of our busiest weekends and we have to be ready Well be putting all our resources into that Pinto said Landa Park Golf Course might eventually be under the parks department See PARKS Page 3 City considers nixing permitonly parking AT A GLANCE Transportation Advisory Board Municipal Building meeting room D 424 S Castell Aye Were bursting at the seams If By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels officials say attempts to restrict riverside neigh oorhood streets to permitonly parking during the summer arent working Now we Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board will consid er dropping the permitonly requirements for last Uwaln Street Washington Avenue and Cross River Street The board only makes recom niendauims to cilycoincil which will ultimately decide the issue Each summer streets near the river are cluttered parked cars as outoHovm visitors feel free to tion is but something has to be Three years ago in response to complaints council restricted des ignated streets to permitonly park ing on weekends and holidays dur ing the summer said District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine To help relieve the traffic con gestion blocked mailboxes and driveways lewd inebri ated tourist harassment of taxpay ing citizens council approved weekend parking by permit Valentine barri cades ape used to control ihe traffic flow on those few Since thea idenis in adjacent neighborhoods lota residents say Daisey Watson who lives in the 500 block of Union Avenue said on ow streets However officials say the city sufficient resources to pro to the river Ive had people park my said ui dont kjapw what solu said Mayor Adam Cork Its simply an issue of fairness Its not an appropriate way to spend taxpayers dollars because we dont have the manpower to close off all the streets in neighborhoods that want permit Valentine said infrastructure was the problem We could raise the river man agement fee and get 4B to fund a large parking he said Were bursting at the seams If we want to he a wodddass resort des tination we have to have world class facilities like offsite parking garages with shuttle service and good resjtrooms not PortaPotties and parking in residential Sharon Cronin who lives in the 200 block of East Lincoln said her street needs the restriction People park in my driveway throw garbage on the grass and evm urinate cunny lam she said and this has worked for die past tee years I understand why April runoffs vital to local Republicans By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Democrats who voted Tuesday wont have another ballot decision to make until the general election in November Republicans on the other hand have three runoff races to decide April 13 And while Democrats have no partyaffiliated runoffs those who did not vote Tuesday can still impact the April 13 election if they should choose to cross over and cast ballots in the Republican ticket runoffs see related story The April 13 election is all impor tant to the six Republicans still in the races In Comal County winning the Republican Partys primary election or a subsequent runoff is usually tantamount to winning the general election as GOP winners often end up unopposed in the general elec tion That would be the case in all three of the Republican races still being contested In County Commission Precinct 1 incumbent Jack Dawsdh will try to hold off the challenge of retired Air Force Col Bob Wickman In the Precinct 4 constable race candidates Doug Dunlap and Shane Rapp will square off to determine who See RUNOFF Page 2 2004 The Repubfcan Primary runoff eteo tion be con dJCtedAprt 13 Early voting runs April 58 Races to be decided include Comal County Commissioner Precinct 1 Precinct 4 con stable and County Courtat Law 2 OTHERRACES Rodriguez wins Democrat nomi nation in close primary race Page 2 I Democrats oust GOP supporters Page 2 I ArnoldZwicke Vicki Pattillo Elizabeth MurrayKolb win Guadalupe County sheriff district attorney county attorney races respec tively face no oppostion in general election Page 2 Stamp key to knowing who can vote in runoff By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The primary elections are conducted by the political parties Republican or Democrat and require a voter to declare a party So what then are the ram ifications of declaring a polit ical party at primary time Who gets to vote in a runoff election The short answer in Comal Countys three runoffs slated for April 13 is Republicans Republicans unless youre a Democrat who didnt vote in the primary Thats because neither county Democrat election went to a runoff Only one Precinct 3 Commissioner and Democrat Cristina Zamora even faces a challenge in November Republican Greg Parker Those who brought their voter registration card to the primary had it stamped with the party they declared Republican or Democrat That stamp is key to whether a person can vote in the runoffs Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said Democrats who voted in the Democrat party are locked out for the runoff but can vote for candidates of either party in November If you didnt vote at all Tuesday you can vote in the Hinojosa said If you voted Democrat you cant vote in the runoffs because theyre Republican races If you voted Republican in the primary you would have to vote Republican in the Sound confusing It neednt be Hinojosa said The bot tom line is simple Democrats cant cross over in the she said If you voted one way or the other in the primary you have to stay with the same party in the runoffs If you missed the pri mary you could vote in either partys That means a Democrat who didnt vote in the primary could vote in a Republican runoff Regardless she said voters can go either way in the gen eral or Democrat The April 13 runoff elec tions will be preceded by ear ly voting at the courthouse April election will he Tuesday Nov 2   

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