New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 131
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Pinto: City budget woes likely to force layoffs
Bv Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels is one step closer tx) city staff layoffs.
Tuesday night the New Braunfels City Council panned a reduction in force (RIF) policy, which might be used to
make 25 to 30 layoffs, Chuck Pinto, city manager, said.
The vote to pass the policy was unanimous; however, District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume and District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick were absent to appear on a radio program.
Dxiking at the possibility of layoffs to balance budget shortfalls, city officials determined a policy would be necessary to ensure equality if the city’s workforce is reduced.
"This is gonna come on you fast,” Pinto told council. "These decisions art; less than
Guadalupe River cleanup nears final stages
By Ron Maloney
The second phase of the final Guadalupe River cleanup is under way, and local officials are confident it will be complete! well in advance of the summer tourism season.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth has been monitoring the ele*anup, which is near-ing its final stages,
The Natural Resource Conservation Service has let a second contract. It will Hts* properties not included in the first river!xxi contract addl'd, along with the interiors of private properties adjacent to the river that were flooded this past July.
Both contractors are focused on “eligible debris,” I lornseth said, which is floatable debris,
manmade or natural, which was defrosted by the fkxxi.
“'nley startx*el April 7. They were stalling at the very top at the New Life Treatment Center. There was material to be removed there, and then they were moving on down into Horseshoe Palls Estates,” Hornseth said.
The work in the estates will take a little time, Hornseth said,
While t he cleanup has been dealt setbacks over the winter, Hornseth said it would Ix; done in ample time for the summer season.
“I think everyone feels confident they’ll have the work completed. Both crews are working now, the original contractor, as well as the si-coni I contractor,’’ Hornseth said. “I
visited with the NRCS on Thursday, and t hey fix*! gixxl that they’re going to have this thing done.*
Comal (xrunty Judge Danny School said basan*ss is already picking up on the rivers and he looks forward to a busy summer.
“I drove by the Comal River today. There are quite a few people out there already," Schcol said Friday. “I hope we’ll he ready. We expect to be.”
School said he wanted to remind those already iii the river to allow cleaning crews plenty off room tx) do their jobs.
Tho county has issued an order that makes it a misdemeanor txi tube, raft or kayak close to a cleaning crow or its equipment.
45 days away.”
Pinto said the city is about $1 million behind in the current budget, and city officials need to increase revenues or taxes or reduce expenditures by the end of the tax year, June 30. The city needs a balanced budget with three' pub
lic readings, and a tax rate needs to bo set before July I — the beginning of the tax year.
“Unless that comes together right, which is not likely, we will probably is**! to look at doing some reduct ion in force and reorganization to the fxiint that we would be losing
some vacant positions and very likely some filled positions,” Pint/) said.
The city already is understaffed 20 positions in police, fire and public works. And though the city has saved
Under US eyes, Iraqis plan for new government
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
Iraqis met under American auspices tx) shape a new government Tuesday and said “th** rule of law must tx* paramount” following Saddam Husseins fall. In a war dividend, U.S. officials said they had taken Palestinian terrorist Abul Abbas into custody in Baghdad.
Four we*e*ks after U.S.-led forces unleashed their assault, President Bush promised to “liberate every comer" of Iraq and American troops hastened to redeem his pledge. Marines solidified their grip on Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown, and American officials said fighting had ended in Chauri, a town near the Syrian Ixirder.
Acting on a tip, commandos searching a home in Baghdad found a weapons cache with a sizable chemical laboratory and documents they said were instructions on
making c h e rn i -cal and biological weapon H . T h e y also reported finding
a bomb concealed inside a bottle, another iii an umbrella and a third in a telephone.
The U.S.-organized meeting on a new government drew scores of Iraqis to a gold-colored tent erected in Ur biblical birthplace of the .Jewish patriarch Abraham and anti-American protest in a nearby city.
“No to America and no to Saddam,"chanted thousands of Sh lite protesters in Nasiriyah, exercising their new freedom of speech to object to the imminent creation of an American interim governing authority.
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New noise rule tells tubers to turn it down
By Dylan Jimenez
Residents and visitors might have to turn down the volume of their radios on the river this summer.
Monday night the New Braunfels City Council rehashed the city's noise ordinance to target river activity,
If approved al two more public hearings, the ordinance would allow |x*ace officers tx) fine up to $250 river tubers whose radios can Im* heard 50 feet away.
Fifty feet is the width of an NBA basketball court,.
The ordinance also would be applicable tx) public property, such as streets, build-’Community Builder’
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Ronald Zipp (right) presents Helgard Suhr-Hollis with the Masonic Lodge’s Community Builder Award Tuesday evening. The award is given annually to non-Masons for their service to tho community.
lugs, highways, sidewalks and even to motor vehicles on public property and thoroughfare.
The firs! reading of the proposed ordinance passed 5-2 with Mayor Pro-Tem Lee Rodriguez and District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick voting against.
At the last regular council meeting March 24, council shot down a controversial attempt to ban the use of “boom-boxes'' on the rivers. The ban stemmed from concerns that the current noise ordinance was txjo difficult to enforce. After the ban was unanimously voted down, See NOISE/4A
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(Above) During the mad dash for gold, silver and chocolate, Hunter Coronado, 8, finds a stash of Easter eggs ringed around the bottom of a Landa Park Oak tree. (Top) Coronado grabs an egg wedged in the split of a tree trunk.City’s Easter egg hunt over in a Hash
By Dylan Jimenez
Perfect spring weather brought hundreds of New Braunfels residents to luanda Park Saturday to celebrate the season.
All over the park different groups gathered to enjoy the weather, snap Faster pictures of their children and hunt for Faster eggs.
The largest hunt involved 200 children and parents. The city-s|xinsored Faster egg hunt was open tx) children young<T than IO and their parents.
The city lins hosted the event for several years, said linda lime, yexith activities programmer for the parks .md recreation department. This year’s event was sponsored in part by the New Braunfels Fvening Rotary, which had volunteers on hand.
'Die main workload was on the six or eight rangers who worked mainly to kee*p the squirrels from stx'almg the bright-colored «*ggs. Apparently, the critters wi*re eating tho treats inside, Some of the eggs had candy, others had coupons for discount prices on miniature golf and paddle Diets.
The crew had lx*en there since carli or that morning.
“Its one of those events that takes two hours txi set up and alxiut two min-
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ute*s to do,” Dine* said.
In fact, the hunts Wendover in just a few minutes as children) scrambled for eggs in three different areas, separated by age* group tx) be* fair. The* youngest age* group was children under thre*e. Their parents did rrmst of the; work. Some of the pare*nts couldn’t e*ve»n ge*t t he* toddlers to pay attention to tlx* e*ggs on the ground in front of them.
Dine said different age* groups had different attitudes about the event. But everyone was itching tx) Im* involve*ei. In fact, one child had tx) Im* ladled aside because he was too old tx) participate.