New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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he r a Id-z e i t u n g.c o m ^Chief. Public wants change on rivers
While fho crowds f)t visiting (omal River tubers have been ( aimer and less numerous than (>x()ected on recent weekends — int luding the July 4 weekend — there still have bec'n plenty ot problems, Police Chief Tom Wib-(Tf told city counc il on Monday.
VVibert related several stories ot misbehaving tubers: Tubers stealing wheels off cars, tubers b(‘ing arr(Sl(>d tor cocaine and
1,201 citations so far this year; 908 total last year
marijuana, and tubers fighting and driving drunk.
He said citizens have had enough.
"For the last tw-o weeks, pretty muc h every conversation that I've been involved in has evolvecJ to rivers. I've r(>ceivc^l emails, phone
calls, voice malls. People approach me out of the l)lue at HiB and Granzin's," Wilx'rt said. "Pc*onle seem to be coming togethc‘r in agrc'ement that the status f|uo is not acceptable. Something ncM’ds to be d()ne," The chief said the commonality of opinion presents an opportunity ff)r the city "to do something and to do it right."
H(' sp)k(‘ m favor of a ilanncxl ad-hoc committet' to adc ress river issues and said a wide-r.inge of pi'ople should be (onsulti'cl "We should spend somt* time and tonside'ration and ( ome u() with the right solution, hec ause I know it's out there — and there are a lot of piHjple who are l(K)k-ing for us to do sotiielhing," councilor Mik(' Ybarra evc'n
suggested bringing in reinlor((‘-ments from the Snenff's OftKe or other ag(*n( i(‘S to help.
Wibert said he and (Omal ('ountv Sherift Hob Hokler have discusst'd having deputies assist during (vmergencies. "They're al)solufely willing to h(‘lp out," he said.
The ( hief said officers from out-of-county ag('n( ies might Ih‘ a long t('rm solution, l)ut before
See RIVER. Page 5
CITY’S YOUTHFUL DEFENDANTS GET DAY IN COURT
Judge Sara Hartin explains plea options to defendants and parents at Municipal Court on Monday morning
“I went ‘shush’ a couple times and I gave them glares. It wasn’t too bad.”
Sarah llarlin | Municipal Court .liuigc
Alter a we(‘kend on the rivers ot COmal (Ounty, New Braun-tels Municipal Court is busy on Monday.
And with the judge making weekly allowance's tor all minors to come on the same morning and several recent easels of underage drinkers in the ( ity, this Monday was no exception.
The court's d(K>rs o[)ened about >le-file line of
8 a.m. with a sin defendants — anc - waiting to go through a metal detec tor, causing actual proct'ed-ings to wait an()ther 41) minutes. Once all wi're insicie and seated, the courtroom took on an almost-high school-like atmosphere.
Municipal Court ludge Sara Hartin "siushc'd" the crowd a couple times but rc4usc‘d to bang her gavel.
"I went, 'shush' a couple times
LAURA MCKEN2IE Hwald-ZeituiKi
and I gave thc'm glares," ihc' judge said about the (rowd ol mostK minors in her court lor ottenses ranging from minor in possession ol alcohol to tralfic violations. "It wasn't too bad."
l)et(Midants talked, giggU'd, snickered, ffirted with one anolh-(>r and trc*ated the courtroom liki' an after-s( hoC)l progr.im.
Atone [loint, a dc^U'ndant se.tl ed in the back ol the courtroom yucked it up with other delc'n-(lants until he sc'emc'cl to have tired of their conversation. He got u(), crossc'd the* c ourt and sat in a jury lx)x to chit that with a diller CMit delentlant. Moments later, he moved to a ( hair at a table in front ol the bench to talk with two female (ietendants, at c'aih sto() laughing, stretching out his legs in a semi-rc'clinc'd position and kc*e[)ing a carefrt't' ex[)res-sion on his fac t*.
See COURT, Page 5
Counci sends back proposa.
Ban on parking large vehicles returned to staff for changes
By Greg Bowen
ihp Herald ¿►’itung ( it\ c (Hinc il on Monday sent a proposc'd h.in on the p.uking ot 1 8-\vh(M‘l('rs m rc’sidential ncighl,)orhoo(ls hack to citv ^tatt lor a rewrite.
The proposal passed an initial rc-ading i)v counc il on lunc 17. Approviil on Wond.n ol the' s(>c one! rc\ul-ing would have made' the l).in law.
But c (Hinc tl mc'rnhc'rs raisc'd cjucstioiis on a v<)ru‘tv ol issue"', int luding vvhc'fher th(> ban would <ip[)K to I -MOs with lilt kits, whv l)ig KVs wouldn't be bannc’d, and wlic'lher it would be light to tell a truck driver svho bought Ins home becausc' he knc'w hc‘ could store' his rig there' that lie c an't do that anvmorc*.
Belore' voting to |H>stpone considcTation oi the ban until nc‘\t mec'ting council did approve adding a grac e I period to give true k envners U) elavs to make arrangements to kec'plht'ir vehic les elst'where should the ban be* passc'd.
Si'veral ctti/c*ns spoke against the ban with one worn.in saying it would [)ut tier husl)and's )ob in )C‘op-are!\ l)c‘c ause hc‘'s an on-c all
See COUNCIL, Page 5
JENNA SLÄVEN MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY
Calm, clear and tiot
High 99 Low: 75
Texas drought lowered lake levels by 4% in June
By Betsy Blaney
Oneol Tc'xas' most popular lakes is sitting halffull, thanks to ongoing drought rivaling the state's worst on record, searing trif)le-digit tem[)eratures anci unusually windy conditions.
Ihose conditions are driving down more: than
just the water level of Lake Travis.
Business is plummeting as well along the lake outside of Austin, where only two of 1 1 public boat ramps are available and many rely on strong summer bus inc'ss.
"It's the nature ot doing business here," said Laura Mitchell, f)rc"sident of the* Lake Travis Chamber of
Commerce. "You're at Mother Nature's mercy. The»re's not much you can cio."
The lake is among the 109 monitored across the state and the ongoing drought has taken a toll on lake' levels statewide.
A lune water report found levels in 11)9 lakes dropped l)y 4 perci'nt, or more* than 558 billion gal
lons, from late May to late lune.
Three lakes — all in West Texas — are effectively empty. But all have been low for years.
Only one reservoir, lake I ivingston north of Houston, was full, lliat's six fc‘w-er than in May, according to the Texas Water Development Board report.
The 109 lakes are 7,i
percent lull, down 1 5 percent trom a vc'ar ago, the rc'port indicates. Ot the 109 lakes monitorc'd tor the re[)ort, just 41 vvt'ie at 8.S percent capacity or fuller.
Statewicic', this past lune was the* hottest on record. The average tt'mf)erviture was 8S.2 œgrt'C's, besting thé I95 i rec ord of 84.9 degree's.
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