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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THE SUNDAY JULY 18 2004 SOUTHWEST COU 627 E VAHDEU DR II FftSO IX 79rt SAVE OVbH 91UU Clip coupons from Air Conditioning Color Express Oakwood Tire JDs Barber Shop and more Inside LIFE IN STITCHES Texas quilters to gather in New Braunfels for annual Quiltfest silent auction and vendor sale Page 1C Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 213 28 pages 4 sections I CK WWW7 130 rain chance High Low 93 72 Details3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS WC City certifies can ban park CVB petitions By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Petitions seeking a ban of aluminum cans on rivers and lakes making the fairgrounds a city park and establishing the Convention and Visitors Bureau as a city department have been certified New Braunfels City Coun cil members accepted the petitions Friday that were cer tified by the city secretary District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine spearheaded the three petitions The petition to designate the fairgrounds a city park was filed Monday It had sig natures certified as valid by City Secretary Michael Resendez Resendez said the petition to ban aluminum containers had valid signatures and the convention and visi tors bureau petition had valid signatures Each petition required valid signatures Resendez said City Manager Chuck Pinto said council would have 10 days beginning July 17 to either adopt the language on the petitions or to set an elec tion The end of the 10day peri od is July 26 which is when councils next regular meet ing he said Council can either wait and take action on July 26 or it could call a spe cial meeting before Council has already set a See PETITIONS Page 8A UndevSirables have defaced troops hard work now at least one parent wants police rangers to get hot Aon the 1 trail DIDYOU KNOW I offers down loadable and print able maps and infor mation about hiking opportu nities in the state I It rates the Panther Canyon trail as a on a 15 diffi culty scale and gives it a for solitude even though it is located in the city limits It also mentions van dalism I See information at Scouts build Panther Canyon up vandals tear it down By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In 1974 a local Eagle Scout aspirant mapped out a trail in Panther Canyon He learned about its flora and fauna marked a trail and hand crafted Me signs explaining to hikers what the trees were Then someone trashed the trail and stole the signs He replaced them twice The scout knew a certain young motorcyclist had done the deeds even if he couldnt legally prove it So with a scouts resourcefulness he dealt with the problem himself stringing a wire across the trail as a blunt warning Snagging the wire and being knocked off his motorcycle the offender got the the vandalism ended Times change and some things change with them A scout in todays politically correct environment could never take the law into his own publicly advocate it One thing that hasnt changed though is vandalism in Panther Canyon The trail up the canyon offers a 110foot increase in altitude as it winds between two residential areas for more than a mile creating a wilderness hiking experience in the middle of New Braunfels that runs from Landa Park up past New Braunfels High School This past year a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor many from Boy Scouts who have built several footbridges across the creekbed See VANDALISM Page 7 A Photos by DAVID Top Zack Salesman sits on what is left of the bridge he built in Panther Canyon as part of his Eagle Scout project Above Salesman and his father Charles pass by one of several destroyed benches he and members of his Boy Scout troop worked on The work of vandals the damage has not been reported to New Braunfels police www rayu iwpwiiw ivvvv uiauniwiQ Council to hear first part of civic center expansion study AT A GLANCE Bv Scott Mahon and Leisure was hired in A 1QQQ smHv mmnlatoH avmmMna What New Braunfels City Council special meeting Whan 6 Monday Munici pal Building 424 S Castell Ave By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Consultants will present Monday their first report to the New Braunfels City Council on whether the civic center should be expanded to meet the needs of the citys convention industry A Minneapolis consulting firm Conventions Sports and Leisure was hired in February to study New Braunfels convention industry after council agreed to do a feasibility study before expanding the east ing civic center or building a new facility The first phase of the study will cost The second phase will cost an additional A 1999 study completed by a Houston consulting firm proposed a new civic center on Gruene Road However earlier this year officials said the study was obsolete Since 1999 the city has held two elections regarding a new civic center and coun cil has discussed a number of proposals including expanding the existing civic center building a new million civic center on the Comal River or building a new facility on South Castell Avenue Bill Krueger Conventions Sports and Leisure Interna tional president said his com pany had completed feasibility See CMC CWim Page 8A Extra staff funding inked out of budget By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The likelihood of raises for Comal County employees next year appeared still more remote at the end of budget hearings this week During two days of meetings county commissioners called in elected officials and department heads who had request ed either additional staff or additional funding in their 2005 budget pro posals and marked out what items they could At the end of the process they were faced with a million proposed general fund budg et that would not allow even costof living raises next year without a tax increase I dont envision any possibility of raises happening unless we can uncover additional revenue we havent spotted said Precinct 2 Com missioner Jay Mil likin Weve had to make some tough decisions on expenditures But were still working on it We have a couple of Millikin said he would like to see at least costofliving raises to keep employ ees current with inflation Im just not sure were going to be able to get Millikin said There isnt much to work County employees have gotten at least 2 percent raises and merit raises during every year of Danny Scheels adminis tration although in 2004 they came because commissioners overruled his See BUDGIT Page 8A Comal County 2005 budget timeline Monday through Friday 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 elected officials hold public hearing on tax increase Sept 9 Levy taxes set tax rate Sept 16Adop ted budget filed with 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