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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ' ■■■-A In    |ij^ nâir\i>'f iA#AEi*firr\ ... . ^________K.U v/rrcKCU rui\ nro nouui iviv/oi wnnitL/*eLAbbiMtub, izNew Braunfels TUESDAY AUGUST 23,2011 he rald-z ei tung. com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 )out the rivers. We are all acting in wtiat we feel is the best interest of the city. (ial«> i*ospisil I New Hraurifpls mayor TAINERBAN lAURA Mr^FNZIF I‘tiTalcl Zeitu'i'j aunfets Civic Convention Center on Monday to listen and express their support or oppo- ;?ote 5-1 in favor of ban I and out by 1 Mon-os.ihle Ian. 1, IS often tubing ^age 10 Carlos Cedillo, left, is escorted away from ttie podium by a member ot ttie New Braunfels Police Department during the public comment period at Monday's meeting of New Braunfels City Council. Cedillo, a regular during council meetings earlier this year when council banned short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, ranted about over-restrictive laws until police wrestled him out a side door and jailed him on charges ot resisting arrest and disrupting a public meeting. Abridged history of city’s attempts to control behavior on the rivers: 1999 •    City couneil passed an ordinance to ban alcohol use on the rivers. The alcohol han died after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission ruled that the ordinance wfiuld not be legal April 2001 •    Then-police chief Ray Do:iglas posed m his dress iinitorm wearing a tube by the river with tfie caption "Play nice Don't Make Waves" as part of a New Bratinfels Chamber of Commerce campaign to advertise a increased enforcernent of river rule'i designed to control befiavior of the rivers The money to pay for the increased police work and river clean up was ex[>ected to come from a SI fe« berng chaiged on .ill tulre rcmtals arid shuttle rules. Otticers were trained to diffuse behavior problems with explanations and warnings ~ and not resort immedi ately to the citation book "The term zero tolerance' has been thrown around a lot It's not going to be like that, t don't think anything can be 'zero-tolerance.' We're going to be as polite and as nice as people let us be," Douglas said •    Ken Valentine ctiaired the River Activities Committee, which developed 41 strategies for dealing with the rivers that included floating trash pickups. •    More portable restrooms were added at all ma|or exit points, such as Cypress Bend Park and Garden Street. •    River rules were posted in hotel rooms, near the City Tube Chute and in other locations frequented by tourists. April 2003 •    The New Braunfels City Council rehashed the city's noise ordinance to target river activiry. The ordinance allowed officers to fine up to $250 river tubers whose radios can be heard 50 feet away. See HISTORY, Page 10 )ners approve 1.6-cent tax hike s the first tor a pro-1.()-tent tax rate needed to offset sued in 201 1. rything went pretty fily," County Judge an Krause said fol-g the 15-minute ig nieeting, which i on business from Ting session that last-,t three minutes. "I everyone saw the the county put into ^ the budget togeth- jse said the tax hike eded to generate OOO tor debt service paynuHvts after commissioners issued $14 million in debt to fund the Krueger Canyon Dam projec t, road improvements to FM V0(), a software upgrade tor the county's judicial system and right-of-way at (|uisi-tion for the U.S, Hwy. 281 i mpr()vement [irojei t. When they issued the debt through tax anticipation notes in June, commissioners expected it to he re|)aid through future property taxes. However, assessed property tax values fell liy percent this year, thus necessitatingtho slight tise in the 2010 tax rate ot Vi.4 c ('nts per $100 |)roperty valuation. "You could say that tht' tax rate would have gone' down it we hadn't issued any additit)nal debt," Krausi' said. "But l)e( ause we did because ot (the |)ro)e(ts), we had to increase the tax ratt' to cover the paymtMits on that debt." The [proposed tax rate ot ? 5 ce n t s won 1 d mea n t hc‘ owner of a home with the t ounty's average taxable value of $1()8,251 would [)a\ apf)r()\imafel\ in taxt's, compared to $S70 in 2010 Mie new rates vvouid Ik' reticctc'd uì tax statenuMìts issueti b('giniiing in Ot tobc'i. (Ommissiotters say thè |)io[)()sed budget l'xceeds thè current biidg(‘t by onlv thè $000,000 ili dt'bt serv-ice. A second public forum on thè tcìx rate' will 1m' held on Aug. U). ('ommission ers are e\pect('d to voK' on thè n('w rate by Sc'[)t. 12.See COUNTY, Page 10 Gadhafi LIBYA Hunt for Gadhafi continues Son reported held by rebels is free By Ben Hubbard and Kaiin Laub Associated Press TRIPOU, Ubya(AP) I ibyan leader Moammar ( ladh.iti's son and one-time h('ir a[)parent, who was reported arr(‘st(Hl l)v rebels on Sunday wh<>n they r~ - - _ - - -j (‘d on éfÊjK the t Tri|H)li, IS free. Se it M    Islam turn(‘d — " up (Mrly Tuesday morning at the Rixos hotel, where al)out H) torc'ign )ournalists ar(' staying in Tripoli undc'r the ( lose w.itc h ot regime mindiTS. He then took reporters in a convoy ot black, armored St 'Vs on a drive through parts ot the c tty under the regim(''s ( ontrol. Assoc latt'd f’r(‘ss reporters vv(\re among the* |ournalists who saw him and went fni thf tour He told the report('rs; We are going to hit the hottest spots in Tripoli." ihev then drovf* around strcf'ts lull ot cirnu'd Cîad-hat! bat k('rs, controlled bv ro.uibloi ks ih(*v visitcYl sit(‘s uher(* Ciadh.iti sU[)porters wi*re gathered. The ( onvov c>nd(‘d up out-sid(' his lather's Bal) a I A/i/iya ( ompound and mil-ilarv b<irracks, where at IcMst a hundr('d men were waiting in lines tor guns Ix'ing distribut('<l to volunteers to drti'nd the regime. The\ also tourt'd the (jadhati stronghold neighborhood Bu Slini. K('l)els ap()ear to have taken control ot large [)arts ol the capital since thc'v entc'red on Sunday night and ('jadhati's grij) on pow-c'r sc‘emc‘d to In* slipping fast. But It was known that the area around the Rivos hotel and nearl)\ Bat) al-A/iziya vvc're still under the regime's control. See LIBYA, Page 5 WEATHER, 14 BROOKLYN WOODS GOOOWIM FRAZIER Hot and dry IHigti: 102 Low: 77 AblJii ........ _ 12 Classifieds .12 C.omi£.5 .. - U Crosswords ............ Forum 4 Obituaries ....... 3 PtannM 9 Sports TV 13 Vol. 158 I No 244 1 section, 14 pages 8 56825 00001 50 cents /eather, traffic and ar ONewBraunfelsHZ Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Faeebookfan. Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each morning, Click 'Herald-Zeitung Mailing List' ;