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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 6, 7. 8 or 9 can water today after? p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water today after 8 p.m.Herald-Zeitung L LLL ~ — _  — Vol. 149 No. 165    14    pages    in    2    sections July 6, 2000 ' Pi IT TTI OTA A 7 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Satellite office opens Wednesday was the first Flwr day of operation for the Comal County satellite office, 160 Oak Drive, located behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573 in Sattler. Gerrie Johnson, Mary Brooks and Theresa Pinkston (left to right) man the computers. The new facility can process anything done at the courthouse, including marriage certificates, voter registration and license plates. Opposition to sales tax proposal strengthens By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Forces continued to gather Wednesday against New Braunfels City Councilwoman Debbie Flume’s proposal to abolish the city’s one-eighth of I percent sales tax for economic development. Almost two weeks ago, Flume told council that her proposal would seek voter approval of a sales tax for property tax relief. A council vote on her proposal was delayed until Monday’s meeting, but a coalition of influential community leaders and groups is mustering support to fight Flume’s plan. Flume’s opponents include members of the economic development corporation board of direc- MEEK* tors, w ho oversee use of the «yye see prop. economic development |ems with this sales tax; New Braunfels (proposal), and Independent School Dis- we p0pe yOU trict Superintendent Ron wj|| ^00 » Reaves, whose schools depend on the industrial tax base for funding; and the owner of The SCOOTER Store, which hopes to expand with EDC assistance. On Wednesday, Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Davis, chair of the chamber’s industrial development committee, encouraged local business and industry representatives to be present at Monday’s meeting or to call their council representatives. “We see problems with this (proposal), and we hope you will too,” Meek said. Meek told a group of about 20 business and industry representatives that the proposal to establish a sales tax for property tax relief in place of the economic development sales tax would mean an annual reduction of $30 on die average homeowner’s tax bill. “That $30 isn’t going to do me a whole lot of good in comparison to what the 4A board (which oversees the economic development sales tax dollars) can do for the city,” Meek said. See TAX/7AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................4B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2 A Television...............................4B Key Code 76 Wells Fargo banker Bill Cone promoted, transferred By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Bill Cone, the president of Wells Fargo Bank’s New Braunfels area operations, has been promoted to a position responsible for 15 banks and assets of $700 million — about double his duties here. Cone, a 15-year New Braunfels resident, has been named president of Wells Fargo’s South Central market, based in Victoria. Cone already is working in Victoria, where he replaces Greg Winegardner, who was moved to Colorado. A replacement for Cone in New Braunfels has not been announced. “New Braunfels is a tough community to leave,” Cone said. “This town has been wonderful to be involved in — and an extremely good town to raise a kid in.” Cone said he expects he and wife Connie will retire to New Braunfels. “I’m sure we’ll keep an iron in the fire somewhere up here,” he said. Before that, though, he has a new challenge. “I hope it’s a sign Wells Fargo has confidence in us,” Cone said of the promotion. Bill Goertz, president of Wells Fargo’s greater Texas region, expressed considerable confidence in Cone in a press release issued Wednesday. “Bill Cone has been...instrumental in Wells Fargo’s entry into (the New Braunfels) market. He is an exceptional leader and banker and wall be an asset to our team members and customers in the South Central market,” Goertz said. CONE Victoria is a city of about 75,000 about two hours south of Houston. “It’s a very strong community and very attractive to live in,” Cone said. “In this time of layoffs and cutbacks, Wells Fargo is creating opportunities for a lot of our team members. I feel a great sense of gratitude to my employers that they’ve allowed us to stay involved in this community. Not every employer does.” And the ( ones have been very involved in New Braunfels. Bill Cone has been a two-time trustee of See CONE/8A River flow slowing m( By Heather Todd Staff Writer On the heels of what many have described as a somewhat slow Fourth of July weekend, activity on the Guadalupe River may be slowing to a trickle. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority announced Wednesday it would reduce the release rate from Canyon Reservoir from IOO cubic feet per second to 60 cfs because of extremely low inflows. The flow level will remain at that rate until further notice, OBRA General Manager Bill West said. The reduced flow levels part of a drought management strategy initiated by OBRA April 30 — will mean a longer ride down the river for tubers and other recreational users who float at an “ideal” release rate of 300 cfs. During the holiday weekend, the water level stayed around IOO cfs, which may have contributed to a slower holiday weekend. “It did not look like a holiday weekend,” said George Cushanick, manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District. “It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good.” Cushanick said that although some outfitters expected a four-day weekend, many people did not opt for an extended holiday because Monday fell between the weekend and Fourth of July. “If there had been a really good water level it might have given people an incentive to take a day off,” Cushanick said. See RIVEF1/8A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungAs with any group of kids, there was a fight to see who could hit the water first Wednesday at Landa Park. After that contest was won, style and splash entered into the contests.The New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program spends two days each week at the Landa Pool.No fearArea youth venture into new territory at city camps By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The seven-year-old boy looked warily Wednesday at Landa Park Aquatic Complex’s spring-fed pool. His blue eyes showed a touch of fear as he contemplated jumping in to take a swim test. He’d previously failed the test that would have given him the freedom to graduate from the kiddy pool to the deeper waters where his older brother swims. But with a little bit of encouragement from Kelly Huber, program manager for the New Braunfels summer recreation program, he jumped into the cold water Wednesday and passed the test with flying colors. “It’s rewarding to watch them have fun and watch them do stuff they aren't normally able to do,” Huber said. This is Huber’s first year to work with the city’s summer recreation program, which is open to children from low- to moderate-income families. The program is funded using about $ 17,000 of the city’s community development block grant money. Block grant money is provided to the city by the federal government to help low- and moderate-income families through a variety of programs. The children each pay $3 to attend each two-week session and can attend all of the five sessions, according to Linda Lane, youth activities programmer for New Braunfels. The program’s popularity is evident in its enrollment numbers. “Pretty much, we have the same children all summer,” she said. Each session has room for 75 children, and every session is filled. “We have a waiting list that’s 25-children deep,” Lane said. The summer recreation program, which is from noon to 5:30 p.m. each day, is similar to the city's Camp Thunderduck, but at a price that’s affordable to lower-ineome families. Camp Thunderduck, which still has openings in the final two sessions, July 17 to Aug. 28 and July 31 to Aug. 11, costs $ 110 per child, per session. Lane said the city realized that some families wouldn’t be able to afford that. “In order to be as inclusive as possible we try to work with and reach out to as many people as we can in town,” Lane said.See CAMPS/8A ;