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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY September 2003 AT r 10 pages in 2 sections rnv W itji j Y 1 Tx wr 350 A Comal County since 1852 50 cents River cleanup crew County taps Saunders to pick up after tubers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A lot of local incomes are tied to and the same goes for Stryker Saun who lives on in the works on the Guadalupe For business on the river is always picking Thats not to say busi ness is growing its pick ing For several Saun ders has been summer tourisms Guadalupe River garbage Each day from Memorial Day through the second week in Saun ders and a crew of five swim or canoe the river from the horseshoe down to the Gruene Road col lecting cans and trash tourists leave Saun ders contract with the Comal County WaterOri ented Recreation District requires his crew pick up any trash left on the river banks and river to a deptli of 3 feet along the 18 mile The work begins before dawn and goes on five days a Saunders had people working in the horseshoe and near the bot tom of the river in He started at a private park off River Oaks subdi vision with Shannon Payne of New Braunfels and James Farley of Canyon clearing off the beach and emptying about 10 55gal lon garbage See i u i Photos byDAVID Shannon James Farley and Stryker Saunders haul out the first of dozens of trash bags loaded with cans along the Guadalupe River Monday Saunders and his crew have contracted with the countys WaterOriented Recreation District to collect trash tourists leave Far left Shannon Payne uses a fish ing net to gather up trash left by tourists Labor Day week The crew must pick up any trash left on the riverbanks and in the river to a depth of 3 Left James and Stryker Saunders pick up trash from one of about 10 overflowing 55gal lon garbage Weather threat scares off some business DAVID A lone tuber paddles past empty picnic tables on the Guadalupe River Monday BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Rain clouds and dark skies spooked some tourists looking for a good time in New Labor Day is tradition ally not the biggest week end of the but this weekend was off a little said George Comal County WaterOri ented Recreation District general Its the inbetween major weekend where people are already back to kids are playing The peo ple who come out are get ting away for the last time of River outfitters and campgrounds blamed the rain for a slightly slower Labor Day weekend busi In the Hill rain fall was less than antici pated but still a high said Mark Brun forecaster for the Antonio Nation al Weather There were isolated pock ets of heavy rain in the An inchandahalf of rain was recorded in Canyon The rest of the area averaged a quar terto a halfinch of The chance of rain and thunderstorms will taper from 50 percent Tuesday to 40 percent There will be a slight chance of showers and thunder storms through See LABOR CALDWELL Group studies historic revamp BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When Herb Caldwell retired in Jxily as supervisor of the countys he said hed help out around the courthouse if Commissioners appointed a committee to help plan majoi upgrades to the Comal County Courthouse Thurs day drafting Caldwell for his knowledge of the historic buildings The county will hire an architect who will e x a mi n e upgrades the court house will need and create a plan for doing the The plan would also be used to apply for a state historic preserva tion grant for the The next round of grants will be determined in April County Judge Danny Scheel said recently the coun ty could seek next year to issue a bond for construction of a flood control dam and for courthouse repairs that include a modern central heating and cooling system and a second County Court Nobody knows yet what the climate control would Just before Caldwell he took Scheel on a tour of the including the basement and back room areas the public never Caldwell pointed out prob lems and talked with Scheel what would need to be and Scheel later took the other commissioners on a similar tour to discuss the After the tour we took and receiving additional letters from the Texas Historic Com mission reference grant funds for restoring our old I put this on the agenda so we could begin doing Scheel I know the big hits will be heating and air condi as well as work well want to do for the second County Scheel asked commission ers to form a committee to See INSIDE Classifieds 6A Dear Sixman jury proposition would not affect Comal This story is the fourth in a series examining the 22 pro posed amendments to the Texas BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Proposition an amend ment permitting a sixperson jury in a district court mis demeanor would not apply to Comal misdemeanors are tried in County CourtatLaw with sixperson Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip Youve got 254 counties in and a large number WALDRIP of those do not have county courtsat Waldrip Some small or rural coun ties have arrange ments in which the elected county judge hears misde Other counties have arrangements allowing district court judges to hear As the law now Waldrip those counties are required to impanel 12 jurors for mis demeanor cases which is timeconsuming and expen The amendment would relieve that problem and make the law uniform for all Waldrip State Carter RNew said she believed the amendment was a good Our district court used to hear misdemeanors before we had a county courtat Casteel Ifs expen and ifs getting harder and harder to qualify jurors in some small Proposition 8 would autho rize the legislature to permit a person to take office with out an election if he or she is the only candidate to qualify in an election for that Elected officials seem to be split on this A similar proposed amend Proposition is Casteel because Rick Perry vetoed its enabling This amendment would save money by not requiring ballots to be printed for uncontested Concerns are that not See ;