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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ZEITUNG SPORTS RAIN OUT Thunderstorms wash out baseball softball games have been rescheduled for today Pages 711 COUPON SAVINGS Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 127 16 pages 2 sections CLICK i I Jackson Hewitt is offering a discount on income tax preparations through April 15 I www 1 Partly Cloudy High Low 83 60 Details2B COMICS j DEARABBY 48 3B 3B 4A 3A 7A 4ft FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS Mobile home park receives By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE The power will not be turned off at Tami ga Acres Attorneys and one of the mobile home parks owners said Tuesday an agreement was reached that would ensure an estimated in needed septic repairs would be performed Comal County Criminal District Attorney DibWaldrips environmental enforcement division in February notified the parks 52 tenants and its owners the Tessye Maurer family that the park would be closed down in 30 days because of problems that allowed raw sewage to run on the ground Over the courseof the month many families and mobile homes were moved out reducing strain on the parks sewage systems but an estimated 200 people in more than 30 mobile homes still live there This past week Waldrip extended the deadline through Monday while the Maufer family worked to secure funding to guarantee the repairs Monday after noon Waldrip said the Maur ers had squandered the time afforded them by the original deadline and told the family there would be no more extensions Tuesday Waldrip said hed agree to a short one through Wednesday to help a buyer for the to not fur ther inconvenience its remaining tenants Garden Ridge mayor to visit Austin Perry By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Garden Ridge mayor Jay Feibelman is ready to go to Austin He is not running for office but he does intend to have a chat with the gov ernor Garden Ridge is part of a ninecity coalition called the Northeast Partner ship that wants to encourage Gov Rick Perry not to propose any school finance reforms that would negatively impact a citys ability to generate revenue We are trying to keep the legislature from keeping municipalities from run ning their cities Feibelman said According to the Texas Municipal LeaguWWebsite Perrys achieve educational excellence by creating real and meaningful municipal property tax relief includes a cap on property tax revenue and a limit on residen tial property appraisals to an increase of no more than 3 percent per year Feibelman and the mayors of Cibolo Converse Kirby Live Oak Schertz Selma Universal City and Windcrest are specifically concerned about the proposal to reduce the per centage of the yearly city budget increase from 8 to 1 percent Last years Garden Ridge budget was roughly million Perrys proposal would allow the city to increase next years budget only Feibelman does not believe that amount would cov er increases in health insurance premi ums and standardofliving salary increases We need an approximately 8 percent increase in the budget each year to run the Feibelman said We need to keep up with Tonight Feibelman will ask council to sign onto the coalitions resolution that lays out the case against some of the proposed finance reforms Coalition chairman and Converse city mayor Craig Martin sent a letter to Perry requesting a meeting to with all nine may ors A date has not been set Feibelman acknowledged there were a lot of proposals and it was possible none of them would get anywhere with the legislature There are a lot of issues on the floor that I dont even he said This resolution is an offensive The Maurers did produce and theyve got a total of in the registry at the court and the other is hopefully coming through the prospective buy Waldrip said Their attorneys simply need the opportunity to ensure that See TAMIGA Page 3A Jay Feibelman FRONT and CENTER Park rangers help keep river fun safe Firstyear park ranger Justin Nixon a Canyon High School senior can write citations for violations ranging from littering to jumping off bridges to illegal parking By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Although theyre the youngest seasonal employees park rangers are usually the first to spot problems with summer river tourists Park rangers are an extension of the parks depart said Stacey Laird parks director They serve as law enforcement and theyre usually the first ones park patrons come face to face Roger Dolle park ranger superintendent and Nathan Pence river project manager are responsible for hiring park rangers We look for applicants who are 21 or older although the minimum age is Dolle said But 18yearolds have advantages Theyre new to the workforce and they dont have any bad habits yet Ive hired three 18 yearold park rangers in the three years Ive been here but if its someone I dont know I prefer a Dolle said most park ranger applicants were college students from Texas State Uni versity in San Marcos This year almost all the applicants are from New Braun fels he said Pence said the average age of park rangers this year is 21 I think we have only one he said Justin Nixon 18 is a senior at Canyon High School and an Eagle Scout He is a park ranger for the first time this year It sounded like fun and I want to be a game warden or marine biologist he said So I thought this would help Dolle said park ranger applicants must pass a drug test and a background check As city employees starting pay is an hour They work weekends and holidays during the river activity he said They work from Easter week end until October although some leave before Dolle said park rangers were instructed to handle problems in a friendly manner to issue verbal warnings and to radio the New Braunfels Police Department for serious problems They can write citations for things like littering and illegal he said But we encourage them to give verbal warnings Although alcohol is allowed on the rivers and in most park areas park rangers can write citations for using alcohol in prohibited areas See RANGERS Page 3A Nothing new found in DeWalt investigation police FBI said By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN and FBI agents have run into a stone wall in their renewed investigation into whether Michael DeWalt ever molested his son FBI Special Agent Darren Hdmes said Tuesday there was nothing new to report in the DeWali matter Our investigation is ongoing with the New Braunfels Police Department and thats our Holmes said New Braunfels police Lt Mike Rust said DeWalt was not cooper ating with the investigatioa DeWalt did not return calls for this story We continue to follow up what leads we Rust said The FBI is actively pursuing this investiga tion but the two people they need to talk to Suzanne and Jeremy not Suzanne DeWalt alleged in child custody proceedings that Michael DeWalt a Navy pilot sexually abused their son Jeremy A Comal County jury disagreed and awarded custody of the then 5yearold to his father Suzanne DeWalt and her mother Margaret Kearns allegedly fled with the boy Margaret and Ed Kearns have been jailed since fall on charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon and interfering with child custody for allegedly aiding their daughter rather than surrender her son Jeremy 6 to his father gleet
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