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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas the SUNDAY HERALD"i JULY 11, 2004 SrHi100®^5/lj/n® m 780 sn&p^ ll ii J* 799lK illuihll J COUPONS SAVE OVER $100 Find savings with NB Stone Supply, Oakwood Tire, Color Express, Eckerd, Walgreens and Smart Source. Inside SPORTS CLOSER New Braunfels Juniors edging their way closer to District 31 Little Leauge championship. Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal Couruy I. Vol. 153, No. 207 26 pages, 4 sections CLICK { $1.00 WWW. '56825 00002 |pr ^0% chance of rain High Low 89 73 Details .... 3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS IO COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS    1B TV GRIDS 5-6CNew deal could make petition moot traditional use of the fairgrounds. District 6 City Coun-cilmember Ken Valentine, however, said the new proposal was worse for the city than the original. Valentine heard about the letter for the first time during a Saturday morning KGNB 1420 radio program. I le said Henry’s proposition does not alter his plans to submit a petition for a Nov. 2 ballot item that would make the fairgrounds property a city park. See LAND DEAL, Page 3A County workers might not get pay increase next year By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If officials can’t find $350,000 in cuts this week when they hammer out their 2005 budget, there might be no raises for county employees next year. County Judge Danny Scheel told commissioners Thursday he has reviewed budget requests by county department heads and elected officials, and if more cuts cannot be made, he will not recommend raises for employees or elected officials. In the 2004 budget, county employees got a 2 percent cost-of-liv-ing pay raise along with 2 percent merit increases at mid-vear for some employees. The raises cost about half a million dollars — about a penny on the county’s 33.37 cents-per-$100 tax rate. “After I did my math on the proposals and compared them to projected revenues, I came up $106,000 in the black,” Scheel told county officials. “I went through and made a bunch of cuts. If you submitted a budget with unidentified capital requests, forget it.” Next year, Scheel said, raises would cost $547,000. If elected officials were cut out of the pay increases, they would still cost $520,000, he said. See BUDGET. Page 3A Danny Scheel BUDGET TIMEUNE ■ Public budget hearings take place at 8:15 a m Tuesday. 8:10 a m. Wednesday and 10 a m. Thursday in the commissioners' courtroom, 199 Main Plaza ■ July 19-23 -County finalizes budget plans. B Aug. 1 — Publication of effective tax rate ■ Aug 5 — County Judge presents recommended budget to commissioners and files it with the county clerk ■ Aug. 9- Discuss tax rate take record vote, schedule public hearing ■ Aug. 26 -Budget hearing; adoption of 2005 budget set salaries for elected officials; hold public hearing on tax increase ■ Sept. 9 — Levy taxes; set tax rate. ■ Sept. 16 — Adopted budget filed with county clerk. By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Almost a month of petitioning for signatures for a Nov. 2 nallot item that would make the Comal County Fairgrounds city park land could be worth nothing. If city council decides July 26 to donate the 30-acres of fairgrounds to the Comal County Fair Association before District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine’s petition is certified and accepted by council, City Attorney Charlie Zech said the petition would be moot. If the city will donate the land it bought from CCFA in 1905 back to the association, Gary Henry, Schlitterbahn president, said in a letter to city officials Friday, he would withdraw his proposal to swap 41 acres of property on Loop 337 in exchange for the fairgrounds property. CCFA officials endorsed the plan, and some city officials agreed the proposition was an effective way to maintain the PD: Few problems on busier Comal By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer With the Guadalupe River shut down, New Braunfels police were prepared for another chaotic weekend on the Comal River. Officials with the U S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday flow from Canyon Lake would not be reduced from 5,000 cubic feet-per-second, making the Guadalupe too swift for recreation. After a jam-packed weekend late in June when the Guadalupe was closed, police here were prepared for the worst. It seems the preparations paid off. But word of the Guadalupe closing didn’t pay off for local outfitters, who say they suffered yet another slow week- John villarroal end. By about 4 p.m. Saturday, Lt. John Villarreal of New Braunfels Police Department said the afternoon was winding down without incident. ‘So far, except for about one-half hour of chaos, it seems to have calmed down,” he said. “Nobody got hurt, nobody drowned and there were about six to eight arrests. I think its been relatively good from a law enforcement perspective.” Villarreal said police asked outfitters to stop putting tubers on the Comal about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, because river exits were becoming overcrowded. See RIVER. Page 3A (Above) Gridlock occurs on the Comal River at the last exit as tubers climb the stairs back to waiting shuttle buses. (Left) New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack directs traffic Saturday afternoon at the intersection of North Union and East Mather. With the Guadalupe River closed, traffic had to be diverted david iNGRAM/HeraitiZeitung away from the last exit. Yay or nay Find out what happens at Monday night's New Braunfels City Council meeting AT A GLANCE R What: New Braunfels City Council R Whan: Monday, July 12. 5:30 p.m. ■ Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave IN OTHER ACTION, COUNCIL WILL: ■ Meet in executive session to consult with attorneys regarding legal action against the Lower Colorado River Authority R Consider the first reading of an ordinance to grant the code enforcement officer authority to 4 issue citations Consider approving financial assistance to H-E-B for drainage improvements at the intersection of FM 306 and 1-35 Consider appraising a 41-acre parcel on Live Oak being proposed in a land swap by Schlitterbahn Consider hiring an engineering firm to study summer traffic and parking issues in areas near the Comal River Chamber’s contract with city for tourism up for bids By Scott Mahon Staff Writer To make sure the city is getting it’s money’s worth from its contract with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism, the city will request bids from other convention managers. The chamber s contract to operate the Convention and Visitors Bureau expires Dec. 31. "The convention and business bureau requires a great deal of lead time to buy advertising, and the city needs to start evaluating proposals and make some decisions pretty quick,” said Mayor Adam Cork, who put the item on Mondays’ council agenda. “The contract with the chamber expires Dec. 31, and if we’re going to consider someone other than the chamber for the contract, we need to go ahead and bid the contract out." The ament contract requires the city to pay the chamber 55 percent Michael Meek of its hotel occupancy tax revenue to advertise and promote the city to attract visitors, tourists and conventions. Cork said the first step in bidding was for the city to review the way tilings operate now and make any changes it wants. “For instance, the chamber books the civic center, but the city provides the staff to maintain the civic center, and i’m not sure if we want to continue doing it like that,” he said. (Tullnlier President Midiael Meek said the chamber would bid on the contract. “Adam said he was going to bid the contract out,” he said. “It’s a good idea. It s called due diligence, and it would be in the best interest of the city and the community.” The contract was last bid out in 1997. It expired in 2001 and was exteneded for three years. The chamber has managed the convention bureau since 1971, Meek said. ■ \ Now Bra lintel Look in tho classifieds Tri. A Sun.4 for our pro-owned Specials! ;