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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JNFELSWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today. Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today between midnight and 10 a.m. and from » - - i midnight 6Herald-Zi O , 5 'I " ‘ I Vol. 149 No. 196 18 pages in 2 sections August ll, 2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents County OKs $ 19M budget, wage increase By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County commissioners approved a $19 million budget at court Th u r s -day that will increase wage s for employees by 3 percent — up to 7 percent for those who get merit increases — elected officials by 5 percent and com mis- SCHWAB rn H; Illll MILLIKIN sioners bv IO percent. The 2001 budget, up more than 8 percent from this past years $17.5 million budget, includes increases in .spending for public safety and courts, as well as a 5 percent pay raise for elected officials outside of county commissioners and the county treasurer. The tax rate will remain unchanged from last year at 32.4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, which is possible because of growth in the county’s property value over the past year of nearly 13 percent. The county tax on a $75,000 home would be $2,430. A pair of public heanngs will be held on the budget and tax rate at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 with an adoption vote to follow the afternoon hearing. County Judge Danny Scheel had submitted a budget that sought 2 percent pay raises for employees with 2 percent merit raises for a possible increase of 4 percent. In an early draff of the budget, he reportedly sought even larger pay raises for commissioners than the See BUDGET/3A Schlitterbahn set to buy ‘Float Inn’ By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort has contracted to buy the property once considered for a trade between the city of New Braunfels and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. In July, the Sophienburg Museum asked the New Braunfels city council to consider one of two options for the museum to become the owner of the unused Dit-tlinger Memorial Library. The libray is located next door to the museum. The museum proposed to trade the Float Inn property on the Comal River, which is next door to the city’s tube chute, for the library, or the museum wanted to buy the library for $325,000. The council did not act on the proposal last month. The proposed trade presented a possible problem. Brad Ilerbelin leases a building on the property where he operates the Tube Chute Bar and Grill. His lease included an option to buy the property. That issue was resolved within the past week when Schlitterbahn contracted to buy the property, according to the property’s current owner, Kenneth J. Fiedler. “The Schlitterbahn resolved the problem that w as there and we signed the agreement,” Fiedler said. “Schlitterbahn met w ith him and met w ith me and we got it resolved.” Schlitterbahn Spokeswoman Sherrie Brammall confirmed Thursday that Jeff I lenry, one of the park’s owners, does have a contract to buy the Float Inn property Brammall would not go into the details about the arrangement between Henry, Fiedler and Herbelin. “Mr. Henry and Mr. Fiedler both worked out an See RIVERFRONT/7A Parks survey launched By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A key portion in the development of New Braunfels’ parks, recreation and open space master plan began this week. New Braunfels residents began getting phone calls asking them to participate in a telephone survey, the results of w hich will be incorporated into the master plan. C arter and Burgess Inc. is developing the master plan and teamed up w ith the Houston market research firm Decision Information Resources to develop the questionnaire and conduct the survey. Three hundred residents will be sur veyed Parks and Recreation Director Iris Haecker Neffendorf said. “This is probably one of the key areas for determining what direction that master plan w ill lay out as far as priorities. Its a very important, key element in the w hole process,” Neffendorf said. The questions in the survey are similar to ones Carter and Burgess has used when working w ith other communities. However, Neffendorf said the city’s master plan committee, parks advisory board and parks staff also contributed to the survey questions. “Its kind of a combination of somewhat of a standard format plus making it special for New Braunfels.”Inside Abby................................8A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................8A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................8A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Fire destroys playground works By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Firefighters from numerous fire departments in nearby communities helped to battle a major blaze at a New Braunfels manufacturer of playground equipment Thursday night. New Braunfels firefighters were dispatched to the Gym-N-I Playgrounds Inc. factory and warehouse facilities located in the 1900 block of 111 35 North shortly before 8:30 p.m. for a reported structure fire. When they arrived, they found fire in a fence and grass adjacent to a building on the site. Shortly afterward, they found flames inside it. A second alarm w as declared and mutual aid calls went out to the San Marcos, Seguin, Lake Dunlap and Geronimo fire departments. Additionally, IO off-duty New Braunfels firefighters were called in for extra manpower. Sheriff’s deputies and New Braunfels police blocked off the interstate frontage road and worked to move traffic along Interstate 35 as heavy smoke and sightseers slowed traffic. By 9:20 p.m., about 35 firefighters were on scene and arrangements were made with the American Red Cross to bring in provisions for the firefighters. “We’ll be here awhile,” a fire official said. At the New Braunfels Central fire station shortly before IO p.m., an official said Fire Chief Jack Collier and Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn were on scene. At IO p.m., an official said the fire was under control. “We’re making headway on Trooper Randy Vetter Funeral Service & Procession ® Funeral Service at St. Paul Lutheran Church - 10am (2?) Procession will depart about 11am and last about 1 hr. (T) Law enforcement parking (T) Parking for procession participants at the First Lutheran Church    Baptist Church, 733 Cross St., and St. John s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther St. (5?) Parking for funeral attendees not participating in the procession at First United Methodist Church parking lot on Mill Street (tT) Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off for the reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center. T rooper funeral Vetter family, city prepare for procession, service today J From staff reports Blue ribbons line the route to the cemetery where Trooper Randall W. Vetter’s body will be buried today. Funeral services for Vetter begin at IO a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave.   A sign _    in front of Fund-raisers,    the church ribbons for sums up Vetter family    the com- SUppOlT7A    m unity’s feelings about Vetter's dearh Monday from a gunshot wound he received this past week during a traffic stop. “God bless the Vetter family,” the sign reads. The sign also is decorated with the blue ribbon that has come to signify the community's mourning for Vetter and support for his family. Today’s funeral is expected to last about an hour, followed by what could be a lengthy procession to Comal Cemetery where Vetter will be buried. A reception follows at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Those w ho want to donate food should take it to the civic center, not the church, before the ceremony. Mayor Stoney Williams has asked New Braunfels businesses and residents to show their respect to the funeral procession by going outside and standing on the sidewalks as it passes. Senior Trooper Garry Parker w ith the Texas Department of Public Safety said 2,500 people is a “conservative” estimate of the number of people w ho w ill attend the funeral. The procession could include 200 or 300 cars, he said. Vetter, 28, was born and raised in this area and worked in the New Braunfels DPS office for several years. I Ie transferred to the San Marcos office shortly before his death. See FUNERALS K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Trooper Kevin Callihan watches over the guest book at Cook Walden Funeral home in Austin as visitors come to pay their respects to Trooper Vetter by signing the book. RANDALL W. VETTER ■ Age: 28 ■ Residence: New Braunfels ■ Family — Father, Kermit Vetter, lieutenant at Comal County Jail — Wife, Cynthia Vetter; English teacher — 8- month old son, Robert — Sisters Sandy and Amanda ■ Law enforcement career — June 2, 1995 — Graduated from DPS academy — Assigned to Brownsville DPS station — Aug. 1, 1996 — assigned to New Braunfels station — July 1, 2000 — assigned to San Marcos station ;