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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels TUESDAY July IO, 2001 I2 pages in 2 sections 12 pages in 2 secti<Herald-Zeitung r- ,1s..iKlJ JC-::i' W.'r/L .... t . ..\ J I Vol. 150, No. 206 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Council delays action on new golf fee plan K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Golfers James Fife, Roger and Jim Coley, and Darrell Jacson finish at the 17th hole Monday afternoon at Landa Park Golf Course. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council postponed Monday the first reading of an ordinance that would change the fee structure for the Landa Park Golf Course. Council voted 5-2 to postpone it until the July 23 meeting to study the golf course proposal. Councilman Larry Alexander and Mayor Stoney Williams voted against postponing the discussion. Golf Manager Ward Watson said his proposal “revolutionized” the way the course operates, generating more money for the course. Chief Financial Officer Chef Lewis said that, as of May, the golf course is $65,000 over budget. Watsons proposal increases user fees several different ways. The new plan eliminates annual passes in favor of a 30-round passbook only for residents of New Braunfels. Senior citizens pay $300 for the passbook, or $10 a round. Residents pay $360 for the passes, or $12 a round, and golfers younger than 18 pay $240 or $8 a round. Daily fees are $13 for weekdays, $20 on the weekends and $9 at twilight. Watson’s plan also ends yearly trail fees for privately owned carts. Private cart owners pay $9 daily. Landa charges $10 under the new plan. The proposal creates an enterprise fund and keeps all the funds generated at the golf course for the course’s maintenance and future renovations. “I think the enterprise fund should be managed by the advisory board,” he said. ‘That way, golfers aren’t paying for street improvements and drainage, and the taxpayers aren’t paying for golf.” It also changes the structure of the advisory board, removing the representatives from the Men’s Association, Women’s AssociationSee GOLF/3A OOI* COMM MHK* I By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands plans to retire in the next six months. Shands’ decision, announced to city council on Friday and city staff on Monday, makes him the fifth SHANDS city department head to leave since March. City engineer C.A. Bolner was fired while City Attorney Floyd Akers and Main Street Director Lynn Fountain decided to leave for positions in other cities. Planning Director Harry Bennett resigned this past month to become an independent consultant. Shands said that his retirement decision was based on state and city retirement policy. To maintain a certain level of benefits, he has to retire before Jan. 31, 2002. “It was just a window of opportunity,” he said. “And that window only opens once about every five years. So it either means retiring now or waiting five more years.” Shands said he had no immediate plans, other than Shands’ memo to council/3A Editorial/6A to “enjoy life in New Braunfels.” As he looks back on his tenure as city manager, Shands said he was proud of the several community projects during the years. He started work with the city as planning director in 1984. He has been the city manager for more than seven years. “I’m proud of things we’ve been able to accomplish as a community,” he said. “We’ve been able to make a significant number of improvements, like the library, law enforcement center, the airport and the golf clubhouse and pro shop — and we’ve done all that without sacrificing any other projects.” Shands said he would leave the city in excellent financial shape, with money in the fund balance and money for special projects. And, he says, he has no regrets as he leaves the city’s employ. “We’ve been able to accomplish a lot while I’ve been here, and you can’t forget the employee side,” he said. “The city council has been very generous and understanding See CITY MANAGERS City committee interviews planning director hopefuls this week By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Despite his plans to retire soon, City Manager Mike Shands said New Braunfels would continue with the hiring process for at least one vacant department manager position. A committee of four — Shands, City Engineer Mike Short, Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson and City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi — is conducting interviews for the vacant planning director slot. “We’re conducting interviews this week, and hopefully, we’ll have someone in that position in the next two to three weeks,” he said. The planning director position has been vacant since June, when Harry Bennett turned in his resignation. Bennett, who had been in charge of the planning department for more than five years, resigned to become an independent consultant. Eight people applied for the position and the city is interviewing the likely candidates, Shands said. Applicants include: • James Stephen Anion, Houston; • G. Reza Golkerford, Houston; • Jeanette Honnermann, San Antonio; • Larry A. Koehler, Dallas; • David Hutton, Austin; • Cecil F. Pennington, Austin; • Brian David Smith, Kingwood; and • Scott J. Sopchak, Tyler. But the position of Main Street director hangs in the balance. Lynn Fountain, who was the fourth director of the city’s Main Street program and worked for the city for five years, leaves this week for a position in ■ >S ..-.J:..     ll._\......-........_ Gainesville. Shands said the city had advertised to fill the position because he was waiting for direction from the Main Street Advisory Board, city council and the downtown association. “Ive asked Main Street and the downtown association to come up with a fist of essential functions for the director, whether they want the director to concentrate on coordinating events or to focus on public and private improvements, like the murals,” he said. Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...5-6B Comics........................ ......3B Crossword.................. ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ...1-2B Today........................... ......2A | J com Key Code 76 K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lf. Terry Hand and Lf. Chris Deady monitor other firefighters’ efforts to control the blaze that consumed a mobile home on Oaklane Street in the Canyon Lake area Monday afternoon. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Comal County and state investigators worked Monday night to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a mobile home. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Canyon Lake and Spring Branch firefighters were called to a home in the 200 block of Oaklane Street about 3:45 p.m. for a structure fire. A neighbor reported the fire, which is believed to have started near the deck of the residence. The neighbor, who had two children visiting the residence with two teenaged boys who live there, sent another child across to the home to deliver a message. When the child went outside and saw the fire, his mother telephoned the children inside and told them to get out. The four children in the home at the time of the fire, all boys, ranged in age from ll to 15, Manford said. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lt. Terry Hand said firefighters arrived to find the mobile home engulfed in flames. The mother of the boys who lived in the burning house was running up the roadway trying to make sure they had escaped, he said. Firefighters tried to protect a back room of the residence from flames. “The family told us there was ammunition in the back room. We had to try to cool it down before it cooked off,” Hand said. Firefighters ran a heavy stream of water into the room to cool it but had to back out of the burning home because the floor started to collapse. Utility lines that fell on a four-foot chain link fence surrounding the home further complicated efforts. At 6 p.m., Assistant State Fire Marshal Tammy Hubertus and county fire marshal Manford began their investigation, which was expected to continue this morning. Manford said he contacted the American Red Cross to get help for the family of four, whom he said was uninsured. “Its a terrible thing,” Manford said. “This is a bad couple of days for people with fires in Canyon Lake.”Friends set up account to help fire victims CANYON LAKE — Friends and neighbors have joined together to help a local couple who were burned out of their home Friday night — while they were out of state for the funeral of a parent. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lt. Chris Deady said firefighters were dispatched to the home of James “Mien” Stovall and his wife, Bethanne, in the 300 block of Shady Oak Lane at 10:40 p.m. Friday for a structure fire. “It was 80 percent in flames when we got there,” Deady said. “It was destroyed.” Account Number 6441219109 has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help the Stovalls. Anyone who can donate household goods can caU (830)227-5267. City manager to retire within next six months Four die in head-on collision on FM 306 From staff reports Four people died Saturday night in a fiery head-on coUi-sion on Farm-to-Market Road 306. Sarah Klenke, 19, of San Antonio; Jimmy Dornan, 40, and Graciela Trevino, 44, of Sandia; and a 16-year-old San Antonio boy all died of injuries suffered in the 11:20 p.m. accident, Pohce Lt. John Wommack said. Klenke was driving southbound on FM 306 about 600 feet south of Oak Knot when her 1988 Ford extended cab pickup crossed over the center line and struck a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Dornan, Wommack said. The center of the pickup slammed into the drivers’ side front of the Expedition. Investigators found no skid See COLLISIONS Fire destroys CL home Second blaze in four days leaves another family homeless ;