New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday,August 12, 2001 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Figures on how much the city spent from its $225,000 budget, the number of arrests and the amount of trash from the river will be available early next week when city officials present an interim report to council on Monday.
CITY OFFERS PRAISE
The effort to improve behavior and clean up trash on the river grew from a joint effort from the city, the New Braunfels police department and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson is the city staff member responsible for helping implement the plan. He said he believed the plan was largely successful.
“I think it needs some tweaking,” he said. “It’s gone as well as any plan of this nature could. There are some areas we need to address next year; but for the most part, I’ve only heard positive responses.”
Police Chief Ray Douglas’ department provides police protection on the rivers within the city limits. This summer, police patrol during the weekends only.
“We’ve gotten good feedback from the tourists and residents,” Douglas said. “We’ve done what we set out to do. The word is out now, and we have more families. Most people are glad it’s not as rowdy.”
The responsibility to market the river management program — and to announce to tourists in Austin, Dallas and Houston that rules changed in New Braunfels — fell to the chamber of commerce.
President Michael Meek said he was pleased with the efforts of the council, law enforcement and city staff.
“If you look back to where we were last year to where we
are today, ifs amazing. We’re a lot better off,” he said.
OUTFITTERS QUESTION PLAN
Rockin’ R’s Kevin Webb, who manages one of the largest outfitters in Comal County, questions whether tourists are getting their money’s worth for the program.
“I’m not sure our customers are getting their dollars’ worth,” Webb said, referring to the $1 fee that outfitters must collect and deliver to the city. ‘My question is — and the thing that we should all be diligent about — is to make sure they are getting their dollars’ worth. It should be everybody’s concern.”
Webb said that people living along the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers expect officers to leave the river and patrol their personal property. That, he said, is not why the plan was created.
While outfitter J.R. Felger, of Felger’s Tube Rental, doesn’t judge the program as harshly, he says there is room for improvement.
“The law enforcement is great,” he said. “And we’re seeing more families on the Comal. But there are some things that need to be worked on. I thought it was supposed to clean the river — I pulled six bags of cans out of the river in a single day. That’s not cleaning it.”
BAN VS. PLAN
Councilman Robert Kendrick is one of the city leaders who worked during the winter months to try to curtail rowdy, obnoxious or illegal behavior on the rivers. Kendrick, who lives on the Guadalupe River, suggested an alcohol ban as the solution.
“I was never IOO percent in favor of the alcohol ban,” he said. “But I was not getting
the response to the requests for enforcement. I had to find some way to help and most of the problems come from overindulging in alcohol.”
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission refused to consider the proposed ban on the rivers in New Braunfels, effectively ending a grassroots, months-long fight.
But for the outfitters, the ghost of the ban lives on. Felger said his business was down 40 percent this summer — and blames it on continuing media reports about the ban.
‘It’s hurt my business,” he said. “I haven’t put a dent in my tubes, except for the weekend.”
While officials are pleased with the first results from the program, they also say they aren’t finished.
‘Tm sure the River Activities Committee will fine-tune the programs,” Meek said. “This problem needs solving, and it is worth solving completely.”
Kendrick said that the river was not as clean as it should be, but it was cleaner than in years past.
“Ifs not as clean as it needs to be, but ifs impossible to get the message across without using fines more liberally,” he said. “I still see cans floating by my house. But ifs improved dramatically.”
Decisions on changing the program will come once the final report is made in September or October, he said.
One thing that will be added next year is increased police protection on the river. The city included four additional police officers in its budget this year, to patrol the river during the summer months, Douglas said.
Violet Tanneberger lives at ground zero in a pretty white
house with inviting shade trees at Union and Lincoln streets — directly above the last public exit from the Comal River.
Memorial Day weekend, she said she wanted to wait to see how the summer went before she passed judgment on the new river management program.
She said Friday afternoon she’d seen enough now to know.
‘It’s helped, and the police have helped,” Tanneberger said. “We haven’t had the people in our yard like in the past.”
And that’s not surprising. On the weekends, Tanneberg-er’s front yard is virtually a New Braunfels Police Department substation. A trailer with supplies, two or three police cars and officers, Don Ferguson and sometimes the chief of police monitor the scene from in front of her house.
Tanneberger said she was glad they were there.
“We welcome the police. You can tell when they’re around because it’s not like it used to be. There’s a lot more respect,” she said.
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“If you tell (people) up front — maybe with officers doing better public relations — and do it in a friendly kind of way, it would give folks an idea of what is and isn’t acceptable,” he said.
Williams said, however, with low-flow conditions on the Guadalupe River, more people will use the Comal and bring their “Guadalupe behavior” with them.
“You’ll see more people using the Comal because the Guadalupe isn’t flowing. We
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came here because this is where the action is. People are going to go where the fun is,” he said.
And if the Comal is where the fun is now, it seems to be clean fun, according to the tourists.
Maybe it’s (the extra police presence) having an impact,” Austin resident Hillary Olsen said. “Everyone seemed to be behaving themselves.”
Olsen said she spent time on the river in July and might have noticed police once or twice.
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Stewart said he was unaware of the extra police patrols and thought the plan for more police patrolling the river is a good idea for the city.
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