New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY May 2K, 2003
16 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 167
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakJ Zeetung
On the Guadalupe River, Comal County Sheriff’s deputies stood in the middle of the river for everyone to see but also stayed less visible along the shore, watching closely for underage drinkers and lewd behavior.
Bulverde City Council allows public smoking
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE Business patron* can continue to light up at local eHtabliahmenta.
Bulverde City Council con ducted a public hearing '[benday night to efiscuss banning smoking in local public buildings and rentau-rant* — except bara.
1*1 urn, in the face of public oppoaition expressed in the meeting, council voted mum* imously to take no action on the ordinance.
“I’m opposed to it," Maid Alderman Charlie Baetz. "lh me, tile government dint govern* taunt, govern* Dart"
Other aldermen, including Bob Barton, Bdl Krawud/., Elliott Frunklm and Mal MeClinchie, ls«lu?ve*J Home thing should la* dune, bul were not HU re that the pro posed law which would make public Ninoking a crim mal, (*laHH C misdemeanor offense wiiH the aiiHWer.
“We need Homethmg, hut I don’t know whetlier an outright ban I* what we need right now,” Franklin Maid.
The ordinance, proposed by MeClinchie in re*pon*e to concerns expressed by vol era, would liave been Simi-lar to lawn pawned two yearn
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Memorial Day business 'great’Crowds were large; arrests down slightly
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Memorial Day revelers crowded into the city and county during the weekend, and for the moat part, they behaved themaelveH.
Nobody knew T\ie*day jUHt how many guests New Braunfel* and Comal (bounty entertained for the official opening of summer 200.1.
But the aen*e of businessInside
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men, officials and law enforcement officer* wan that the city and county were full and the crowds were fairly well behaved.
J. Eelger of Felger Tube Rentals located on Liberty Avenue in New Braunfel* wiiH a little tired 1\n?sday.
“I’m sore,” Felger said aw he and hi* staff were cleaning up.
“My legH are hurt ing Unlay. Saturday started out a little slow, but Sunday wits great. Monday was a little slower again, hut it was all good We’re ready for it. I’m t ired of being completely j>oor," Felger said.
Out in the county, Water-Oriented Recreation District General Manager George Cushanick said he’d seen his busiest Memorial Day week end in his four years on the job.
“It was great!” Cushanick exclaimed.
“There were lines all over t he place. Beyond a shadow of a doubt., it was a great weekend, and it wiih spread all over the river. I would say 95 pendent of the people I Haw Maid they had a great week end,” he Maid.
The busineHH wiih hha red across the county, said Cushanick, whose district
oversees recreation on Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River outside* t he* New Braunfels city limits.
“We had good crowds at t he (FM 308) loop all the way down tx) lirHt. crossing. There wen* people everywhere and the campgroundH were* packed tx> capacity,” Cushari-lek said. “I have riot se nm the campgrounds this full in my time here.”
Sunday, Cushanick went. around to the county's boat ramps, and they were all full uh well.
I .aw enforcement officials, hi* Maid, re*ported arrests
See CROWDS/7AFew opinions at first public hearing on taxes
By Dylan JimEnez
Three residents showed up 'IXieseiay to express opinions concerning the proposed <> cent Pix increase and budget .
New Braunfel* City Conn cli set a second public hear mg on the tax rate and budget for .June 22.
Before homestead exemptions, the hill would equal a Inuit $#K) mon* |n*r year on a $100,000 home.
Tho tax blk** would bring in an estimated $11 million. ()|ty Manager Chuck I 'into said Tuesday that money would add three new indu e
officer lunations and six firefighter positions. About $100,000 would go to each city district for street repair.
The new budget also includes retention programs for cit y staff, including a com pet it ive pay schedule for police investigators, and incentives for paramedics and ii ft percent pay increase across the hoard for city staff.
'Die three residents wore iii favor of a tax increase but against a ft percent pay increase* for city staff ‘Tm here to express my HUp|H>i1 for tin* tax increase,”
See I AXE S/7 ANBISD passes budget with raise tor teachers
By Si an Bowlin Stafl Writer
New Braunfels Indepen dent Helloed District trustees he*lel the* line* eat pn>|H*rty tax e*s and promises! teachers ail Unspecified raise* when they adopted the* 200304 budget. 'I\ie*day night.
'Hie d int rn I tax nile is $1 HT) jut $KK) valuation.
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I ne* Edwarels aske*el why the budget was ti I in pe -Cl fie a Iron t teacher raises, after top pn only requests askeei for $830,937 to (aiver a 3-pcrcont teacher raise-.
*'l "bt* budget that won (Missed tonight is kind of a hulk ane! parrel," Edwards waul “It elal n’t lei*-ut ily specifically what their 11 Im* teachers’! raise* would he*. We* have* d<*laye*el that Hpccificatiem in orele*r tx> try tx) give* the state* an opjsir tunity Ie) see what kine! of dollars the*y we*re* gemig txi try to put iii ”
Suinrnitx*iie ie *nl Run Reaves bael asked lruste*e*s tx) use* pail eel the* districts $8 7 million in reserve* tee cover the* hud gets $1.58 million shortfall. The* budged list* $42.4 million iii reve*nue*s sud $44.3 mdlu)ii
Council approves civic center study
By Dylan JimLnl/
'I'he* thirei time was the charm 'IWsday night for a $ 17,350 civie* conter feasihil n y study.
Thee study will be complot cd within 30 days and will compare the* proposed expan sum of the* e*xisting civic ce*n te*r with a proposed m*w fin rd ity oil the* f‘omitI River at Brule e* Sedum Bark 'I’he* facility would Int a one* story, 48,000 se jim re fi*et center with a multilevel park ing structure*,
'I’he* study wotilei examine the propose*d site's existing conditions, external factors aile) weenie I cre*aU* a sitx* plan 'rile plan weenie! detail the*
pros anel cons of the B r I n c e S o I rn h Bark project. It alae) W O U I el a el d l e ss El oo el i ii g ane! environmental issue's.
Cost estimates for the* e*x paimion of the civic renter and for the new facility will bo prepared. 'I’he study will specify a number of options for new facility budget*.
New Braunfels Gity Council approved the stuefy ti I, with District 8 (loan oilman Ken Valentine* vet mg against.
Conne ll has defeated a civic (tenter feasibility study twice* Indole* Iii March, (’OUI) cd decided it was get I mg ahead of itsedf liy examining the issue before the projn) sit ion passed May 3, allow mg hotel occupancy tax mon ey to lie* used for the civic center
Earlier this month, (xiii ne ii shot down the*study, insisting it give* an idea of the financial return the city could expect from a new civic center, as npiniaee! to expansion of the current one,
'Die marketing aspect was the focus of conversa I iou Tuesda y.
Valentine* said he* was
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Comal Leadership Insitute commencement
(Above) Comal Leadership Institute student Matthew Mortellra seems lost in the moment as principal Sandy Hancock reads a letter from a thankful student at Tuesday ntght’s graduation ceremony. (Left) Daniel Matthew Romero Salazar gasps as a Comal Leadership Institute official announces the 2003 graduates. (Right) Senecca Shawn Sadler gets an ovation as he crosses the stage and reaches for his diploma
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