New Braunfels to hire river rangers

52 new rangers will help enforce rules on rivers

Published On: Feb 28 2012 02:24:15 AM CST
NB River Rangers
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

In an effort to help enforce the city's new ban on disposable containers, New Braunfels is altering its budget to hire dozens of new river rangers.

Council members voted 6 to 1 Monday night in favor of hiring 52 new rangers.

The council said $300,000 would be spent for the rangers in addition to the nearly $200,000 spent to have the river cleaned.

Those positions will be part-time during the summer months and pay about $11 an hour.

The river rangers will help police the waterways making sure people are abiding by all the river rules including the newest on disposable containers.

Mayor Gale Pospisil said the move is needed to help police officers who often work double-duty on the rivers.

"The police were doing a lot of things that weren't really police work. They were helping people get out of the river and cutting tubes apart. The idea is if we've got the park rangers that can do that then the police can concentrate on keeping the laws and issuing citations when they're needed," Popisil said.

The next item up for debate will be whether to add cashiers and a pay booth to begin charging for parking at the Prince Solms parking lot.

City officials said charging for parking could bring in over $200,000 in revenue which would help offset some of the ranger salaries.