New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 136 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsSpeakers limited during today’s meeting
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Only members of the River Activities Committee, the City Council and the river outfitters will be allowed to speak about the proposed wristband and other funding options at tonight’s meeting, Mayor Stoney Williams said.
“We’ve never had a special meeting like this,” he said. “And I’m not real sure how it will go. The regular citizen — I can’t imagine that they would want to speak — but it will definitely be limited. We have to get something done.”
The three groups are meeting at 6 p.m. today to discuss funding ideas for the river management plan.
Part of the plan includes the controversial wristband proposal — requiring tubers on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers who use public exits inside the city limits to buy wristbands.
Under the proposal, the outfitters would be required to buy the wristbands from the city and sell them to their customers.
Today’s meeting also will address the issue of setting shuttle fees for businesses who bus tubers from the exits back to their cars, said Irene Allen, a member of the River Activities Committee. No fee has yet been set, she said.
Participants at the meet-See MEETING/8A
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The River Activities Committee tried to bridge the gap between the city’s wristband ordinance and the outfitters’ complaints at its meeting Wednesday night.
The committee wants to change portions of a plan to require wristbands for tubers on local rivers. However, two other proposals from outfitters and shuttle operators also were distributed during the committee’s meeting Wednesday. Those proposals eliminate the use of wristbands and will be discussed at a 6 p.m. meeting today of the committee, city council and outfitters.
The committee removed any additional paperwork requirement from its original wristband proposal, took the fines away from the outfitters for any tuber who is found without a wristband and changed the look and the way the wristbands will be used.
With input from outfitter Janie Lackey, who owns River Bank Outfitters, the committee decided to remove any additional paperwork requirement. Under the ordinance passed in March, outfitters would be required to keep a record of names, addresses and birth dates for every person who rents a tube — for purposes of enforcing the ordinance. The new proposal removes that requirement.
Another problem that Lackey said she had with the wristbands was the onus placed on the outfitters.
“You’re fining the outfitter for people who don’t wear a wristband,” she said. ‘Thats not fair to us. What if we gave them a wristband and they didn’t wear it?”
Instead, the new proposal fines the individual who is not wearing a wristband, removing any kind of blame for the outfitter.
The final phase of the proposal to go before council and river outfitters tonight involves the bands themselves. Lackey says she already requires a band for people who use her shuttles.
So, the committee decided to create a band for the outfitters that would serve dual purposes — the outfitters can use them to identify their customers and the city still can collect the fee for them.
Under the plan, each outfitter will be assigned a color band — or if an outfitter uses more than one color to identify different pick-up loca-See WRISTBANDS/8ASales Taxes
Net payment this period: $618,122.66
Same period this past year: $602,462.12
* 2.59 percent increase
First four months of 2001: $2,718,810.37
Same period in 2000: $2,739,943.42
* .76 percent decrease
Net payment for this period: $10,488.85
Same period this past year: $8,084
* 29.24 percent increase
First four months of 2001: $46,837.61
Same period this past year: $32,661.05
Increase of 43.40 percent
Net payment for this period: $256,788.72
Same period this past year: $247,609.81
* 3.7 percent increase
First four months of 2001: $1,194,040.34
Same period this past year: $1,126,771.70
* 5.9 percent increase
Net payment for this period: $859,144.38
Same period this past year: $761,958.25
* 12.75 percent increase
First four months of 2001: $4,056,037.91
Same period this past year: $3,580,208.83
* 13.29 percent increase
Net payment this period: $344,328.91
same period last year: $344,797.82
* .13 percent increase
2001 payments to date: $1,620,331.3332
Same period this past year: $1,652,894.90
NB sales taxes dip
Revenue up in February, down slightly overall in 2001
panel changes wristband plan
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Tammy Miller mans the register at Gruene General Store Wednesday afternoon as Trish Jones makes her purchases.
child injury trial describe girl’s condition
Photo courtesy of the Williamson County Sun
Yevette and Joseph Heiser sit in court at a previous hearing.
By Ron Maloney
Witnesses said Wednesday a 7-year-old girl who allegedly was nearly starved to death by her parents looked like a cancer victim or Holocaust survivor when school officials called in Child Protective Services investigators this past year.
The trial of Yevette and Joseph Heiser, a Williamson County couple accused of injuring and endangering their 7-year-old daughter, entered its second day in District Court Wednesday with prosecutor Jane Starnes presenting a paramedic, a second CPS investigator and a school employee as witnesses.
The Heisers are on trial before 26th Judicial District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield for allegedly injuring their daughter by depriving her of food and not seeking medical attention and endangering her through the same acts or omissions.
The charge of injuring a child is a first-degree felony punishable by 5
to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
The child and her then 15-month-old half sister were removed from
revenue, is February. Our highest month is June — when the tourist season hits.”
Shands said the city planned its budgets adequately to take in fluctuations from year to year and month to month. For example, the figure for February is well more than the amount budgeted for February sales tax.
“We budgeted $430,000,” he said. “So at $618,000, we are well within our projections. When we planned, we looked at the historical figures and pretty much split them.”
Shands said the city budgeted total revenues from sales tax at $5.7 million for the fiscal year. As of December, revenue from sales tax was 18 percent more than budget projections.
“So, we’re doing really well,” he said. “Even if people get really afraid about the economy and stop buying things, we should be in good shape for the budget.” While Shands said he See SALES TAX/8A
By Amy Clarkson
A drop in New Braunfels’ sales tax revenue for 2001 is “almost insignificant” for the city’s budget, City Manager Mike Shands said.
According to fig-u r e s released from the state comptroller, New Braunfels’ sales SHANDS tax rev
enue for 2001 so far is $2,718,810 — down three-quarters of a percent for the same time in 2000.
However, revenues for the month of February were up 2.5 percent, the report shows. The state reports that the city’s share of sales tax was $618,122 for the month.
“Typically, the first quarter of any year is slow,” Shands said. “Our slowest month, as far as sales tax
Students from Rahe Primary and Bulverde Elementary schools help Karen Grant (left), chief executive officer for Affirmed General Contracting Inc., break ground for a new elementary school. Pictured next to Grant are Abbie Jurica, Joey Bochat, Lance Gottardy and Lydia Werchan.
CISD breaks ground on
By Martin Malacara
Trustees, administration, and contractors for Comal Independent School District gathered in northern Bexar County Wednesday to break ground for a new elementary school.
The new school, scheduled for completion in 2002, will alleviate overcrowding at Rahe Primary and Bulverde Elementary schools in Comal County.
The new school will be built in the Lookout Canyon subdivision on Overlook Parkway west of U.S. 281.
It will accommodate 800 students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The school will cover 86,000-square-feet and have 39 classrooms with a gym, library and cafeteria.
Funding for the $7 million project comes from the district’s $141 million bond issue approved by voters in 1999.elementary
Two more elementary schools and a new high school were included in the bond issue.
Both the school’s name and its attendance zone have yet to be determined.
Bulverde officials were on hand Wednesday to toss dirt with gold painted shovels.
“I’m excited to be part of it — to shovel dirt,” Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton said.
The new school is indica-See CISD/8AInside
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