New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, November 17, 2005Residents voice concern about Schlitterbahn buses
Tentative deal reached on Patriot Act
By Ron Maloney
A Commerce Street resident told New Braunfels City Council on Monday that Schlitterbahn shuttle buses were mining her neighborhood — and that tile waterpark should find an alternative route on summer weekends.
Lynette Clauser spoke to council when it was reviewing the rental agreements from the Comal County Fair Association and various people who rent the Arts and Crafts building as well as Waterpark Management Inc., which operates Schlitterbahn.
In addition to the acreage it leases from New Braunfels, the fair association owns a parcel of land that it leases to Schlitterbahn for $5,000 per year to use for overflow parking on summer weekends.
On Monday nights council consent agenda, Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger asked that the fair association’s lease be pulled for discussion.
The consent agenda is the
portion of the agenda for items that city staff thinks are not controversial. Those items are usually passed on a single vote.
Krueger said her intention wasn’t to interfere in the fair association’s subleases, but instead she wanted to air in public concerns Commerce Street residents expressed about Schlitterbahn shuttles.
“I wasn’t seeking to make this lease null and void, but I want to bring it to the attention of the council and the public that this is a problem that has created ingrained resentments that are growing day by day,” Krueger said. “I think we’ll have to look at it as time goes on. It is in that spirit that I pull this item.”
Krueger noted that Schlit-terbahn’s lease requires that it not create a nuisance.
“Schlitterbahn does a fine job in so many areas, so I’ve asked them to look at this issue," Krueger said.
Clauser said she’d lived in the area more than two decades.
“It’s a big problem,” Clauser told council. “They go 30 to 40 mph down the street. The speed limit is 30. They push it sometimes.”
Clauser estimated that as many as 30 shuttle buses an hour traveled Commerce Street and were causing the road to deteriorate. Tour buses, she said, also used the street as a shortcut to get around Common Street.
“It’s a nightmare when you live there,” she said. “You wouldn’t believe the dust they kick up. For us, it’s a miserable situation all summer. Schlitterbahn created the problem. They should have to deal with it out on Common Street and not in our neighborhood.”
Councilwoman Valerie Hull said Schlitterbahn was working to try to deal with the problems.
Council asked Police Chief Russ Johnson to comment on the situation — particularly what would happen if the shuttles were moved onto
Common Street, which mornings and evenings during the summer backs up with traffic bound for Schlitterbahn and the rivers.
“Sclilitterbahn is in a unique place in this community,” Johnson said. “People would have to get there one way or another. I know what it would do to our traffic. I think I would rather have a few shuttles running during the summer than more vehicles on my roads.”
Mayor Bruce Boyer asked Johnson what would happen if the buses were moved onto Common Street.
“I think well back up the traffic even further,” Johnson said.
Boyer asked if cars could divert to the side streets if traffic on Common worsened.
“I think people will get tired of sitting in line and will look for the first available outlet,” Johnson said.
None of the agreements was changed, amended or affected by council, which approved them unanimously.
Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Food Fair Friday afternoon
Christmas Eve killer executed
The Salvation Army in Comal County will present its first Thanksgiving Food Fair from I to 4 p.m. Friday at Tree of Life Church, 652 Loop 337 in New Braunfels.
The event, co-sponsored by the San Antonio Food Bank and Tree of Life Church, is designed to help less fortunate residents have groceries for Thanksgiving. The fair is open to all residents of Comal County.
A photo identification card with proof of residence is
Those desiring assistance are encouraged to come early. Groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Individuals or businesses interested in supporting this event or the general work of The Salvation Army may contact or send cash donations to: The Salvation Army, 373 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130.
For information, call 830-608-9129.
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A I louston man was executed Wednesday evening for a Christmas Eve killing spree that left a Baytown man and two of his children dead.
In a final statement, Shannon Charles Thomas repeatedly expressed love for his family.
"I want you to be strong and get through this time,” Thomas said with his sister standing a few feet from him, looking through a window. “Do not fall back. Keep going forward. Don’t let this hinder you. Let everybody know I love them.”
He was pronounced dead at 6:52 p.m., five minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow.
Relatives bringing Christmas gifts to the home or Roberto Rios 12 years ago in Baytown, just east of I louston, were greeted with the horror of discovering the three bodies. Rios, 32, had been shot, beaten and stabbed, a steak knife still in his neck. His 11-year-old son, Victor, and 10-year-old daughter, Maria, were upstairs in the small house, both face down and shot in the head.
Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Nov. 15-16, 2005:
Tomas Bruce Benedict, 33, North Bend, Neb., failure to appear/assault causing bodily injury.
Johnny Ascencion Camarillo, 36, New Braunfels, assault by contact/family violence.
Richard M. Garza, 23, McQueeney, violation of promise to appear/driving while license suspended.
David Girela, 32, New Braunfels, assault of a public servant. Emilio Javier Gomez, 39, Houston, failure to appear/ criminal trespass of a habitation, driving while intoxicated. Jose Juan Hernandez, 28, San Antonio, no driver's license (two charges); no insurance. Robyn Dlisa Hollis, 47, Cibolo, theft by check between $20 and $500, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Julia Renee Kelley, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500.
Joseph Daniel King, 23, Katy, assault causing bodily injury/
family violence; criminal trespass. Kerry Joe McHugh, 32, Arlington, failure to obey commitment/driving while intoxicated, second offense.
Ionia Holly McKay, 52, Canyon Lake, violation of Commissioner's Court Order 121. Vonda Jean Perry, 44, New Braunfels, assault by contact/ family violence.
Pilar Bega Sandoval Jr., 44, New Braunfels, contempt of court. Clive Edwin Singleton Jr., 40,
Canyon Lake, driving while license invalid.
Jeffery Michael Smith, 36, Cibolo, possession of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance.
Tony Ray Stockton, 36, Cibolo, assault causing bodily injury/family violence; interfering with an emergency call. DavidTeneyuque, 28, Seguin, theft between $50 and $500. John James Way, 42, NB, failure to maintain financial responsibility; no driver's license.
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