Sunday, July 11, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SUNDAY JULY 11 2004 COUPONS SAVE OVER Find savings with NB Stone Supply Oakwood Tire Color Express Eckerd Walgreens and Smart Source Inside SPORTS CLOSER New Braunfels Juniors edging their way closer to District 31 Little Leauge championship Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County CL Vol 153 No 207 26 pages 4 sections CK www 0 chance of rain High Low 89 73 Details 3B DEARABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS GRIDS 8C 10 4C 46 4A 3A 1B IIHU i H ii ii New deal could make petition moot By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Almost a month of peti tioning for signatures for a Nov 2 oallot item that would make the Comal County Fair grounds city park land could be worth nothing If city council decides July 26 to donate the 30acres of fairgrounds to the Comal County Fair Association before District 6 City Coun cilman Ken Valentines peti tion is certified and accepted by council City Attorney Charlie Zech said the petition would be moot If the city will donate the land it bought from CCFA in 1905 back to the association Gary Henry Schlitterbahn president said in a letter to city officials Friday he would withdraw his proposal to swap 41 acres of property on Loop 337 in exchange for the fairgrounds properly CCFA officials endorsed the plan and some city officials agreed the proposition was an effective way to maintain the traditional use of the fair grounds District 6 City Coun cilmember Ken Valentine however said the new pro posal was worse for the city than the original Valentine heard about the letter for the first time during a Saturday morning KGNB 1420 radio program He said Henrys proposition does not alter his plans to submit a petition for a Nov 2 ballot item that would make the fair grounds property a city park See LAND DEAL Page 3A PD Few problems on busier Comal By Brand Grissom Staff Writer With the Guadalupe River shut down New Braunfels police were prepared for another chaotic weekend on the Comal River Officialswith the Gerps of Engineers hursday flow from Canyon Lake would not be reduced from cubic feetpersecond mak ing the Guadalupe too swift for recre ation After a jampacked weekend late in June when the Guadalupe was closed police here were prepared for the worst It seems the preparations paid off But word of the Guadalupe closing didnt pay off for local outfitters who say they suffered yet another slow week end By about 4 Saturday Lt John Vil larreal of New Braunfels Police Depart ment said the afternoon was winding down without incident So far except for about onehalf hour of chaos it seems to have calmed he said Nobody got hurt nobody drowned and there were about six to eight arrests I think its been rel atively good from a law enforcement Villarreal said police asked outfitters to stop putting tubers on the Comal about Saturday because river exits were becoming overcrowded John Villarreal County workers might not get pay increase next year See RIVER Page 3A DAVID Above Gridlock occurs on the Comal River at the last exit as tubers climb the stairs back to waiting shuttle buses Left New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack directs traffic Saturday afternoon at the intersec tion of North Union and East Mather With the Guadalupe River closed traffic had to be diverted away from the last exit By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If officials cant find in cuts this week when they hammer out their 2005 budget there might be no raises for county employees next year County Judge Danny Scheel told com missioners Thursday he has reviewed budget requests by county department heads and elected officials and if more cuts cannot be made he will not recom mend raises for employees or elected officials In die 20U4 budget county employees got a 2 percent costofliv ing pay raise along with 2 percent merit increases at midyear for some employees The raises cost about half a million dollars about a penny on the countys tax rate After I did my math on the proposals and compared them to projected rev enues I came up in the Scheel told county officials I went through and made a bunch of cuts If you submitted a budget with unidentified capital requests forget Next year Scheel said raises would cost If elected officials were cut out of the pay increases Uiey would still cost he said See BUDGET Page 3A Danny Scheel BUDGET TIMELINE Public budget hearings take place at Tuesday Wed nesday and 10 Thursday in the commission ers courtroom 199 Main Plaza July 1923 County finalizes budget plans Aug 1 Publica tion of effective tax rate Aug 5 County Judge presents recommended budget to com missioners and files it with the county clerk Aug 9 Discuss tax rate take record vote schedule public hearing Aug 26 Budget hearing adoption of 2005 budget set salaries for elect ed officials hold public hearing on tax increase Sept 9 Levy taxes set tax rate Sept 16 Adop ted budget filed with county clerk Yay or nay Hod out what happens at Monday nights New Broun City Council meeting AT A GLANCE What New Braunfels City Council When Monday Where Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave IN OTHER ACTION COUNCIL WILL Meet in executive session to consult with attorneys regarding legal action against the Lower Colorado River Authority Consider the first reading of an ordi nance to grant the code enforcement officer authority to issue citations Consider approv ing financial assis tance to HEB for drainage improve ments at the inter section of FM 306 and 135 Consider apprais ing a 41 acre par cel on Uve Oak being proposed in a land swap by Consider hiring an engineering firm to study summer traf fic and pajting issues in areas near the Coma River Chambers contract with city for tourism up for bids By Scott Matron Staff Writer To make sure the city is getting its moneys worth from its contract with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism the city will request bids from other convention managers The chambers contract to operate the Convention and Visitors Bureau expires Dec 31 The convention and business bureau requires a great deal of lead time to buy advertising and the city needs to start evaluating proposals and make some decisions pretty said Mayor Adam Cork who put the item on Mon days council agenda The contract with the chamber expires Dec 31 and if were going to consider someone other than the chamber for the contract we need to go ahead and bid the contract The current contract requires the city to pay the chamber 55 percent Michael Meek of its hotel occupancy tax revenue to advertise and promote the city to attract visitors tourists and con ventions Cork said the first step in bidding was for the city to review the way things operate now and make any changes it wants For instance the cham ber books the civic center but the city provides the staff to maintain the civic center and Im not sure if we want to continue doing it like he said Chamber President Michael Meek said the chamber would bid on the contract Adam said he was going to bid the contract he said Its a good idea Its called due diligence and it would be in the best interest of the city and the The contract was last bid out in 1997 It expired in 2001 and was exteneded for three years The chamber has managed the con vention bureau since 1971 Meek said