New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Continued from Page I It requested, however, that a “reasonable guarantee of more suitable recreational water releases” be established.
“The pattern in the past has seen dumping water at maximum flow from the dam followed by constant flows at moderate water levels until the lake is drained to the point that there is little water available during most of the summer season to accomodate recreational uses.”
The group suggested the creation “of a buffer zone between the level of 909 and 915 feet...would allow for a formula for control of the water releases that would maintain desirable recreational water flow.
“With a proper study and implementation of a release plan, there should be no problem in satisfying the needs for water conservation, flood control, and power generation,” they said.
It was also recommended that a council be chosen by Commissioners Court to administer their proposed managment plan. This council, “possibly including some of our executive board members and local land owners,” would budget funds, according to the association.
The councii would also provide for additional trash containers and clean-up crew and would “work with local law enforcement for the hiring of three to four river rangers who would patrol the river issuing tickets for littering and excess drunkenness or drugs,” the plan read.
“We wholeheartedly endorse additional law enforcement personnel on the River Road and encourage strict adherence to existing laws,” the group stated.
Walls emphasized that her plan, which the association has worked on for over three months, “is submitted as a pilot for preparation of a program for the development of a full plan.
“This ‘interim’ management plan for the Guadalupe River focuses on some first solutions to the problem," the group's proposal reads.
This plan, “in addition to the steps already taken by Commissioners Court (widening the pavement of River Road and setting up no parking signs in designated areas), should alleviate some of the existing problems.
“The Lower Guadalupe Business Association stands ready to assist Commissioners Court in creating permanent solutions to existing and any future problems,” the proposal said.
It was also noted that the Guadalupe River problems are not unique. “Many of the rivers in California, the Rocky Mountains and the Ap-palacians have gone through the same transition period from fast development to overuse to sensible regulation,” the group stated.
Management plans from these areas of the country “can be drawn upon as a guide to be used by us to formulate our own,” Walls group said.
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more or less. But the time factor involved in the implementation of that approval puts this year’s summer recreation program on shaky ground.
The Landa Recreation Center coordinated last summer’s recreation program, which in years past, was sponsored by the Jaycees. Mike Doherty, representing the rec center, said a recent rec board action had given the financially-troubled rec center more time.
“We went to an hourly basis for Robert’s (Bouse) salary, which in effect cut his salary (as rec center director) by one-third for this month,” Doherty said, adding “I think we can make it through April now.”
If the hopeful recreation supervisor would be in charge of the summer recreation program, Doherty said, “I can see a problem with finding that person in time for this summer’s program. But there is the possibility of the rec center continuing the summer program, if Robert’s still here.”
There is $7,000 budgeted for sum
mer recreation in the city’s budget this year. Last year, Doherty said there was $6,000, matched by $3,000 from the Jaycees, even though the Rec Center coordinated the program. “This year, we have been told there will be no donation from the Jaycees, period,” he added.
“Well, if all this (the recommendation) flies at the next city council meeting, maybe the key rd is volunteers tstart coordinating the summer program. Or maybe an interim person could be used, until the recreation supervisor is hired,” board chairperson Sharon Phair offered.
“I don’t think the Jaycees would let the summer program fall flat,” Hamil said. “Maybe as a group, yes, but not as individuals. I Just don’t think they would do that.”
“Parents make good volunteers,” Pharr said. “I just don’t want council to wait until fiscal year 1983-84 (which begins July I) to get the ball rolling on our recommendation. Let’s flag this thing urgent, so the summer recreation program doesn’t die.”
The parks board’s recommendation is scheduled for presentation at the March 28 council meeting.
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“If she (Tieken) has any true reason to believe in the mishandling of accounts, why doesn't she make a specific accusation?" Purduin asked. “Or at least come down and check out the books.”
Predictably, the vote was 4-2, with Seay, Laverne Eberhard, Joe Rogers and Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. voting to sign the tourism contract. Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer was not present.
But before the vote was taken, some citizens got involved in the discussion — most notably Norman Kraft, who called the council’s February vote on division of the room tax “the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard."
He said that Seay, as president of the chamber, should not have voted on that issue.
Edward Dedeke raised that question last month, and also included Councilmember [.averne Eberhard, who is on the chamber’s board of directors. Asked for a legal opinion, City Attorney John Chunn said that since chamber directors don’t receive a salary, there wasn't a clear conflict of interest.
Ann Green, a citizen who has criticized New Braunfels' tourist industry in the past, referred back to Seay’s criticism of Circle Arts’ financial report (which, Seay said, he raised just to make a point.)
“Mr. Seay is talking about $15 here and $37 there. We have $76,000 being spent by the chamber," she said.
"If you steal a dollar, or a million dollars, what’s the difference?” Seay countered.
Betty Lou Rushing, who has also come out in support of the arts and against runaway tourism, was present but did not get to speak. Council members called for a vote, over the objections of Tieken and Winkler.
It seems there s never enough money to go around, and competing for shares of the same city fund has unquestionably put the Chamber of Commerce at odds with the New Braunfels arts community. But Seay on Monday night defended the businessmen who helped plead the chamber’s case at that February meeting
“Did any of the chamber spokesmen deny that the arts needed money, or badmouth the (Greater New Braunfels) Arts Council? And yet, almost everybody that's spoken for the arts has badmouthed the chamber,” he said.★ Streets
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tracks to Tolle ;
— South Gilbert Avenue, between San Antonio Street and Napoleon;
— East Coll, from Market to Seguin;
— East Garden, from Comal to Casten;
— Academy Avenue between San Antonio and U S. $1;
— Kuehler Avenue, east of IH 35 to IOO feet past the entrance gate at the Animal Shelter;
— Gardenia Dnve from Mequite to Hollyhock;
— South Walnut, from San Antonio to Ijea Street;
— West Bridge from Santa Clara to Hickory; and a parallel stretch of Eikel Street.
If there’s any money left over, city workers will also tackle Landa Park Drive, North Krueger Avenue, McGaugh Avenue and West End Avenue.
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