New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
City to pay $531,000 for drainage study
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Implementing drainage fees for new and existing structures, preparing new floodplain maps and developing capital improvement projects to prevent flooding will be the major proponents of a study authorized by New Braunfels City Council Monday night.
The city hired CH2MHill to conduct a comprehensive study of local lakes, creeks and wetlands, determine the city drainage needs and implement a fee structure for drainage utility and impact fees.
The study will cost about $531,000.
“When we are finished, you will have a defensible, detailed plan for drainage
“lf you want a drainage impact fee, this is the only way to do it”
— Mike Shands city manager
capital improvement projects set out over the next IO or 20 years,” CH2Mhill project manager Rick Myrick said. “You’ll have a defensible impact drainage fee. Any time anyone wants to know the science behind your decisions about drainage improvements, you can point to this study.”
The $531,000 study to be conducted by CH2MHHI will provide:
• Capital improvement plan for next decade:
• A drainage utility fee structure and plan for collecting the fee;
• Drainage impact fee for new development;
• New floodplain maps; and
• Plans to meet new EPA requirements, set for 2003.
The study will take about a year to complete, he said. First, a group of envi-
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The bells of New Braunfels
Above, Donald Hildebrand, with the First United Methodist Church bell choir, plays the bells during a performance Tuesday night. Right, Nancy Harrison plays the hammered dulcimer, an instrument once deemed “dead” by the Smithsonian, for the German American Society at Bavarian Village Tuesday evening.
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U.S. officials meet with flight crew
A new advertising agency designed a marketing campaign, which includes the above ad, that features more than just New Braunfels’ local rivers.
employer in New Braunfels in the summer time, Meek said. During those three months, about 7,000 people are hired across the city— all for tourism.
‘Year-round, it probably ranks third or fourth,” he said. “But in those summer months, tourism employs a lot of people.”
Not only is tourism important for the jobs it brings to New Braunfels but also for the new money.
“In the summer, we have an infusion of new dollars,” he said. “We’re not just circulating the same dollars that we do the other nine months of the year.”
Meek and his staff emphasize that the marketing campaign targets families and people who will spend more time inside the city — not just on the river. However, the chamber also wants to promote the river to people who won’t cause problems, Meek said.
By Robert Burns AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush warned China on Tuesday that it risks damaging relations with the United States unless it quickly releases the American crew of a damaged Navy spy plane.
Bush said he had talked to Army Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, the U.S. Embassy defense attache in Beijing who participated in a meeting ear
lier in the day with the 24 crew members — 21 men and three women — on China’s Hainan island.
“The general tells me they are in good health, they suffered no injuries and they have not been mistreated. I know this is a relief to their loved ones,” Bush said.
Bush said he wanted to give China time to respond to the weekend episode to prevent the stalemate from escalating into a full-fledged crisis. But, the president said, a
grace period was quickly running out. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the 24 crew members were in Chinese “detention.”
“They’re being held incommunicado under circumstances that I don’t find acceptable,” Powell told reporters. “The Chinese have said they’re being protected — I don’t know from what. In my judgment, they’re being detained.”
Asked whether he considered the crew hostages, Powell said: “I don’t
know Fd want to characterize it in a
legal status no demands have
“I prefer the word they’re being ‘detained,’” he said.
Powell told reporters he heard there were suggestions that China is seeking a U.S. apology for the collision between the spy plane and a Chinese fighter on Sunday.
“We have nothing to apologize for,” Powell said. “We did not do anything wrong.”
Chamber launches marketing campaign with new focusLawsuit: Mayo fined for contempt of court
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Bill Mayo, defendant in a civil suit seeking damages for alleged slander and malicious prosecution, was found in contempt of court Tuesday and fined $500.
Judge Don Morgan, who is presiding over the 274th District Court, explained to Mayo before the trial started Tuesday morning only to answer the questions that lawyers asked him, answer
them directly and not volunteer information.
Under cross-examination by his own attorney, Mayo volunteered information that was not asked for. The judge stopped Mayo from completing his answer. During a break later, when the jury was not present, the judge told Mayo he was in contempt of court and fined him $500.
Franklin D. Foley, M.D., in a lawsuit is accusing Mayo of slander and malicious
prosecution in connection with aUegations by Mayo, a prominent stockbroker, that Foley, a McKenna Memorial Hospital pathologist, had an affair with Mayo’s ex-wife, Jeannie.
Among other alleged statements, William Mayo has reportedly said that the alleged affair led to his divorce.
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The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s new marketing campaign this year combines the city’s famous tubes with other local attractions.
Featuring a giraffe, waiters, golfers and shoppers wearing tubes, the new campaign features both the city’s most famous attraction and its other, lesser-known features.
“We’ve gotten a very good response,” chamber president Michael Meek said. “It reminds me of that ‘We’ve Got Milk’ campaign, this will have legs for years to come. We could build on it for a long time.”
Using a new campaign from a new advertising agency, Meek said the chamber launched the marketing effort earher this spring, targeting families to spend their vacation in the city.
‘We want to promote the city year-round, not just in the summer,” Meek said. “This campaign combines what we’re known for — and that’s the river — with the other things we have here — the zoo, the restaurants, the great shopping.”
The chamber hopes to increase interest in the city and its attractions, he said, even though the city has one of the state’s most famous attractions in Schlitterbahn.
“The competition never sleeps,” he said. “That’s why its important to stay on top of things. Sea World didn’t used to have a water park. Fiesta Texas didn’t have the waterpark. Now they do. That’s why we have to keep advertising; we have to keep things new.”
Tourism is the biggest