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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas ‘Firecracker’ golf plan nixes annual passes Watson to present proposal at next city council meeting By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Ward Watson is determined to change the future of the Land Park Golf Course. Calling it a “plan for the future,” Watson said his proposal would radically change the operation of the course. New Braunfels City Council will consider the plan Monday. Despite the vocal opposition he knows he faces, Ward said he firmly believed the only way to improve the course was to restructure the fees, advisory board and financial management. “I know this is a political firecracker,” he said. “But this is how most municipal golf courses operate. The whole idea is that the course won’t be subsidized by taxpayers an}' longer. It will solve the cash flow problem.” Landa Park Golf Course fell on hard times after a harsh summer and a budget cut this year. Watson said the course would not meet its budget again this year. He recently closed the grill at the clubhouse to make ends meet. “I can’t run it any leaner than I am,” he said. “But let’s face facts — the course has one of the highest numbers of rounds played each year, with the lowest fees. We just can’t run it like that anymore. It’s time for a change and I’m behind this IOO percent.”What’s Up — What: New Braunfels City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Monday Where: New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers. Under the plan, the golf course no longer will issue annual passes. Instead, city residents can buy a passbook good for 30 rounds of golf. Fees for the passbook are based on age: residents 62 and older pay $300, golfers younger than 18 pay $240 and residents pay $360. With the current annual passes, golfers paid $393 for IOO rounds and $2 for additional rounds, Watson said. “The biggest change is that there are no more annual passes,” he said. “And I know the annual pass-holders will oppose that. We’re still offering a discount to residents. The biggest discount still goes to senior citizens. Everyone else pays a green fee similar to that charged at other golf courses.” In his plan, the new fees for daily visitors are $13 for weekdays, $20 for the weekend and $9 at twilight. “No one but residents gets the discount,” Watson said. “We cut out discounts for people from San Antonio andSee GOLF/3A KST AVAILABLE COPY    T ^    SATURDAYie copt new Braunfels    july    7,2001 pages in 2 sectionsHERALD-Z EITUNG Vol. 150, No. 204    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    centsDemocrat benefit K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Guest speaker John Sharp and former county tax assessor Gloria Clennan mingle with the crowd gathered at The Vineyard Friday evening. The social event was a benefit for the Comal County Democrats. City votes to destroy abandoned house site By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The yard at 466 S. Hill Ave. is a tangled mess of brambles and high grass. An abandoned car sits in the driveway, a rusting hulk with an expired license plate and inspection sticker. The home’s foundation is crumbling and a row of televisions sits underneath the carport. Inside the house, the sink is filled with debris, and the unmistakable signs of rats and vermin are everywhere. Baseball cards, magazines and rotting mattresses fitter the floor. Some rooms are too filled with junk to enter. Others show signs that someone has been there — officials found photos of people using drugs. The house on Hill Avenue is a “no-brainer” for New Braunfels’ Building Standards Commission. Unlike other houses with owners who are poor and struggling to fix their properties, the home on Hill is considered a safety hazard and has been vacant for years. A city investigation team — made up of officials from the building inspection office, fire marshal Elroy Friesen-hahn and city sanitarian Joe Lara — shot a video of the dilapidated home, which sits almost directly behind the Municipal Building. After viewing the video and listening to comments about the hazards posed by theSee HOUSE/3A Doing hard time Woman’s respect for law leads to 25-year career By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When Twyla Schroeder was a teenager, she didn’t dance when she went to the Crystal Chandelier, the local nightspot for kids. She hung out instead with the off-duty deputies who chaperoned. “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement, and I’ve always respected the law,” she said. “My parents taught me that at home.” And ifs a good thing, because Schroeder, now a sergeant and the day shift supervisor of the Comal County Jail, turned her interest in and respect for the law into a career. This week, she was honored for completing 25 years’ service. Schroeder started at the sheriff’s office when it and the jail were in the Comal County Courthouse. She was 17 and a Canyon High School student in the vocational education program. “I had two loves in my fife I wanted to pursue. One was hair dressing, and the other was law enforcement.” Law enforcement won out. She graduated in 1976 and became a fulltime county employee in June of that year. “I was thinking about what my salary was back then,” Schroeder said. “I think it was $2.65 an hour or something like that. I know it was two-something. I just can’t believe it. I made a car payment and everything.”See CAREER/2A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Jail Day Shift Sgt. Twyla Schroeder locks up an unidentified inmate at the jail. She has been with the sheriff’s office for 25 years.Inside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................345B Comics............................2B Crossword......................5A Forum..............................6A Local/Metro.....................4A Movies.............................5A Obituaries.......................3A Sports..............................1B Today...............................2A Stocks.............................5A Key Code 76 Engineers work on Mo. Superhighway By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Need a plat application? Wondering about road conditions? Want to know if your Comal County dream home will be in a floodplain? County Engineer Tom Hornseth has entered the Information Age. The County Engineers Office went onto the World Wide Web Tuesday. Its site, ineer/index.html, is linked off the “CCEO” icon on the county’s Web    site (http://w w w. co. comal, tx. us/) and includes features intended to streamline dealings with Hornseth’s office. “This Web site will provide better service for the residents of the county,” Hornseth said. “We provide a lot of information over the telephone and by mail. Placing this on our Web site will make it much more convenient for the public to access this information. It’ll be more complete, faster and probably make us more effective for the public.” A lot of the requests Hornseth’s office gets are for forms or information that are easily available over the Internet. “They can print them out at their own workstation,” Hornseth said. Some things, such as complaints about a road or a fallen sign, can be sent to Hornseth’s office directly. But others, such as plat applications and floodplain or septic permits, still need to be taken in to Hornseth’s office on Texas 46. “These generally include associated documents such as deeds, maps and so forth,” Hornseth said. “Also, fees need to be paid. We currently have no method for collecting those fees electronically. But that’s something we can work on.”See ENGINEERS/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung County engineer Thomas Hornseth hopes area residents will start clicking onto the CCEO web site for easy access to forms and information. The site, says Hornseth, includes “all the information pertaining to regulatory matters” and a whole lot more. ;