New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Increased traffic patrols planned for weekendSafetyfirstLaw enforcement, outfitters ready for holiday weekend
By Ron Maloney Staff WriterHerald-Zeitung
Vol. 149 No. 160 24 pages in 2 sections
June 30, 2000
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Law enforcement officials are beefing up traffic patrols on local and state roadways to make sure Fourth of July revelers stay safe and sober this holiday weekend.
As many people head to rivers, lakes and tourist attractions, traffic inevitably increases on major highways.
Texas Department of Public Safety expects to have all available troopers on the road from midnight Friday to midnight Tuesday to make sure drivers obey traffic laws.
DPS Corporal Rick Alvarez of New Braunfels said, “As far as DPS is concerned in this area, this is a ‘motorcide’ weekend, which means we’re going to have special emphasis on high visibility and emphasis on specific offenses, such as speeding, seat belts and DWIs (driving while intoxicated).”
Alvarez said all local DPS troopers would work the holiday weekend to increase manpower throughout the county.
Lt. Ed Whitson with Comal County Sheriff’s Office said all available personnel from the sheriff’s office would be on patrol as well, especially in the Farm-to-Market 306 area, FM 2673 around Sattler and River Road.
County constables also will be out looking for drunk drivers and people driving recklessly, Whitson said.
New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said extra
“People just need to pay a little more attention and drive a little more defensively."— Lf. Ed Whitson, Comal County Sheriff’s Office
patrol officers would work July 4 because of the city’s fireworks show and other holiday activities.
And, some officers will stay on shift longer if needed, but Wommack said the holiday weekend would mean business as usual.
During the 1999 July 4 holiday, the state reported 32 traffic fatalities, 15 of which were alcohol related.
DPS Director Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr. said, “Designated drivers are crucial to keeping drunk drivers off the road. Designated drivers should not drink any alcohol — even small amounts of alcohol can impair reaction time and judgment.”
Alvarez said because this weekend would be the first July 4 holiday of what’s popularly regarded as the new millennium, alcohol consumption could increase.
And the long weekend probably will not help.
Whitson said, “With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday, people will probably take an extra day off which means they might be drinking a little more. Accidents will probably start picking up.”See TRAFFIC/5A
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A common scene throughout the summer, a group of tubers heads for Landa Park, weaving through backed up traffic. Jam ups are inevitable this weekend — and law enforcement officials recommend driving extra cautiously.
a good time.”
The river flow from Canyon Lake for the weekend has been set at IOO cubic feet per second by the GBRA.
“This is a welcome time to have IOO cfs,” said Zero Rivers, WORD board member and owner of Rockin’ R River Rides.
That’s a good flow for swimming, tubing and boating, Rivers said. An ideal flow would be 300 cfs, Rivers said, allowing the opening of the entire river — without the water being too
It is illegal to use, have or transport fireworks in the city limits of New Braunfels
The Guadalupe River tourism and tubing trade is moving into its second — and possibly largest — holiday weekend of the summer with outfitters and public safety officials gearing up for four days of river fun — and action.
dciiciidcdi Tens of thousands of visitors are expected over the four days, and folks who deal with them are ready. About 40,000 folks were here for the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
Bill Mayo, president of the Water-Oriented Recreation District board, said Thursday that everything was in place for the Fourth of July.
“This weekend and Memorial Day are usually our busiest,” Mayo said. “All year long, we get ready. All the Port-a-Potties, all die dumpsters, all the mesh bags, all the advance preparation is in place. I’ve talked to Sheriff (Bob) Holder, and we’ve reviewed the law enforcement, what the plans are and where the personnel will be. We have law enforcement in place and ready to go.”
Mayo said WORD was spending about $170,000 on security this summer. Between WORD security employees and sheriff’s deputies, 55 law enforcement personnel will be out in the county areas of the river.
In the city, New Braunfels plainclothes and uniformed officers will patrol both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.
George Cushanick, WORD manager, was attending to last-minute details Thursday.
“We’re ready, We’re in pretty good shape,” he said. “The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority will keep river flows very similar to what they were Memorial Day, and I think people are pretty enthused. I think people have realized we don’t need to have the really high flows to have
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungTubers at Landa Park, above and below, enjoy the sun Thursday afternoon near the Prince Solms’ tube chute. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected during the coming weekend.
“If river outfitters had a Christmas list, that would be the first thing on it,” Rivers said.
Rivers said his company was not dropping tubers or boaters above First Crossing because it is too time-consuming to float that distance.
“The most popular stretch is from Gruene to Cypress Bend Park,” he said. “The Fourth of July is the No. I river weekend. We hope to stretch the holiday to five days this year through Tuesday. We’ve had really good business this summer. The next six weeks are a busy time for us. GBRA has been really good to us.”
Plenty of people were on the river having a good time for Memorial Day. Lt. Ed Whitson of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office reported arrests and citations were about on a par with levels for previous years.
Beginning about 5 p.m. today, sheriff’s deputies and WORD security people will be out on the river, Whitson said.
“The bottom line is public safety, just making sure everyone has a good time and everybody goes home alive,” he said. “We’ll have beefed-up enforcement all the way through Tuesday. We’ve got the regular 35-man river team out at IO locations. Along with those, we’ll have seven river security teams hired by WORD to be our eyes and ears around the river,” he said.
City eyes increased rental rates for airport hangars
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Monthly rental rates for some hangars at New Braunfels’ airport could increase in September.
On Wednesday, the seven-member advisory board for New Braunfels Municipal Airport voted unanimously to ask city council for a 5 percent increase in the rental rates for T-hangars, Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said. One member of the board was absent.
The airport’s 30 T-hangars, used for small, individual airplanes, will be a
year old in September, Phillips said. All of the T-hangars are full, he said.
T-hangars rent for $160 or $175, the higher price for the larger corner hangars. If the council approves the 5 percent increase, the monthly rental rates will grow to $168 and $184, Phillips said.
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Rate increases possible
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities customers could see increased water and electric bills if a proposal to reduce subsidies in the company’s budget is approved.
On Thursday, the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees received copies of the proposed financial operating plan for the 2000-2001 fiscal year. The group did not discuss the plan but will have a budget workshop 4:30 p.m. July 11.
The proposed budget forecasts $63.7 million in revenues for the water, electric and wastewater systems combined and $58.5 million in expenses. Board members will consider approving the plan at their July 27 meeting.
In OTHER ACTION■ New Braunfels Utilities board of directors awarded General Manager Paula DiFonzo a $5,000 increase in her annual salary at Thursday’s meet-DIFONZO ln9’
“There are some very tough issues included in this plan,” said Cheryl Land, financial systems manager for New Braunfels Utilities.
Among those issues is an effort to reduce the