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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Cougarettes take down Boerne See Sports Page 7A 50 CENTS Gramm House 480 Comal St Historic landmark New Braunfels Herald i no 6 20 pages in two sections Wednesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for m SOWEST MICROPUBUSHTMP E YAH DEL PR PASO IX 79903 183 ing Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Randy Tellis two years Amelia Resales belat Christopher Deady Pat Hill Pam Schneider Lucy Castilleja Doris Grimm JiD Foster 13 Wayne A Rahe and Roy Medina County fair barbecue The Comal County Fair Appreciation Barbecue for drovers directors and senior directors will be at 5 Dec 17 Members and guests only please Building contractor seminar and lunch A building contractor semi nar and luncheon will be held at Honors Hall Dec 14 from to Jim Bradley structural engineer will lead a discussion on the latest in concrete foundations and many pointers on improv ing your slabs with little or no extra cost Cosponsored by RiverCities and American Engineering Reser vations required call 629 1745 Gl Forum meets Thursday TheAmerican Gl Forum Chapter 1014 meets Dec 14 at 7 at the American Legion Post 179 Hall on Coll Street Bereavement Support Group meets Bereavement Support Group meets Dec 14 at 3 at the Senior Center Call Jan at 6298181 for informa tion Historical Christmas Journey The public is invited tp the Historical Christmas Journey Saturday Dec 16 from to at First Protestant Church Seguin and Coll streets No admission charge Featuring The first Christ mas on the coast Christmas at the orphanage a Victorian Christmas Christmas eve candlelight service historical church buildings in miniature a live nativity festive music and refreshments Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas tree lot on Seguin St across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 to 9 Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Roger and Patsy Vann r Archie and Elizabeth Culpep per and an anonymous gift bringing the fund total to To donate come by jhe HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairrrpan Carol Ann Avery at 625j9144 City unveils proposal for voting districts Proposed City Voting Districts Voting Dist Population Percentage White Percentage Minorities District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 City Total Population is people of voting age only HeraldZeitung graphic by ROGER CROTEAU New districts needed for city to comply with Voting Rights Act By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels took a step closer to the American ideal of one personone vote Monday night The 1995 Redis tricting Committee unveiled its pro posal for six new voting districts for public comment and the first of three votes by the city council Your vote if you live in any one of these districts means as said Frank B Suhr spokesman for the com mittee Theres no way to cut the city into six pieces and make everybody he said We didnt attempt to do A charter amendment approved by New Braunfels voters last May man dated that the voting districts be redesigned Voting practices in the city needed to change to better com ply with the Voting Rights Act One personone vote and mini mal dilution of racial minorities were two key goals in redrawing the lines Two of the new districts need ed to have a majority of minority voters Hispanics were 35 percent in the 1990 Suhr said It just doesnt seem fair to dilute them in more than four Keeping traditional neighborhoods together was also a factor in shaping the new districts so several of the Proposed New Braunfels election districts new districts are shaped much like the old ones No one stepped up to speak in oppo sition to the newly drawn districts The city council approved the first read ing of the new district ordinance unan imously Making up the 1995 Redistricting Committee were ViceChairman Ambrosio Benitez Chairman Atanacio Campos Don E Hensz Bill Hauboldt Secretary Rosanne Keeton Cheryl Krueger Eleanor Nora Morales Lee Osburn Gloria Suarez Sasser and Frank B Suhr The city council hired professors David Guinn and Michael Morrison as legal consultants to the committee Factory Stores merger dead By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Chemistry kids HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Kathleen Rhodes chemistry class at New Braunfels High School invited children from Seel Elementary School to visit and watch several experiments yesterday Several children examine the results of a chemical reaction inside a rubber glove Factory Stores of America Inc announced Thursday that Roth schild Realty Inc has terminated the planned merger which would have formed the largest owner and operator of outlet centers in the United States Under the proposed merger Fac tory Stores was to acquire the fac tory outlet centers owned by The Public Employees Retirement Sys tem of Ohio OPERS and the management and business opera tions of the Charter Oak Group a subsidiary of Rothschild The Charter Oak property includes the New Braunfels Facto ry Stores The merger was expected to bring about many improvements including more efficient operations a strengthened management team portfolio diversification improved negotiating position with both existing and prospective tenants better access to the capital markets and lower funding costs J Dixon Fleming chairman and chief executive officer of Fac tory Stores said the transaction was terminated because of changes in the value of stocks and it could no longer be completed on terms favorable to our The entire thing just became cost he said Fleming said key people have agreed to come to work with Fac tory Stores He said that is a bonus that did come out of the negotia tions that lasted almost a year He also said that he does not foresee any future negotiations attempting to merge the two If you folks have been pleased with the way the property has been managed in the past youll see the same consistent quality I said Fleming New Braunfels gets good news Garden Ridge gets bad news in lates sales tax rebates By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The state comptrollers office issued the December sales tax rebates and Garden Ridge and New Braunfels saw very different results New Braunfels received a significant increase while Garden Ridge had a significant decrease New Braunfels received a sales tax rebate of compared to last year This rep resented a percent increase Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the increase is largely due to the halfcent increase in the sales tax rate in October He said that once the increased tax is accounted for there was a percent increase New Braunfels has also seen an percent increase in the total of payments to date from to However Garden Ridge did not do as well in terms of the rebate Garden Ridge saw a percent decrease from to Last months rebate was 40 percent below the previous years also The payments to date for the city also declined by percent this period which went from to Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Millikin said a roof truss com pany and a computer supply company that left during the pre vious year have had a big impact on the economy He said he did not realize they constituted such a large part of the revenues but they obviously He said the space from one of the companies has already been filled However the other loca tion remains vacant It means weve got to adjust by either reducing expenditures accordingly or increasing rev he said Early start of school year hurts local economy Schlitterbahn GM says By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The early start of school has a negative effect on businesses in New Braunfels That was what a representative of local businesses told the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board of directors Tuesday night Terri Adams general manager of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts said she wanted to address the issue of the 199697 school calendar and was repre senting several businesses in town She said there is a decline in the number of tourists in August which correlates with the start of school She said she did research on the topic for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and found that sales tax receipts for the month of August are almost 50 percent less than other summer months When August comes there is a notice able change in town and its not good for local she said Adams said that in her research she found two reasons for starting school ear ly in August She said the first is so that the semester can be finished by the Christ mas holidays The second is that some students need a shorter summer break to help increase retention of what they learned the year before She said there has been no evidence including test scores to support these two reasons Adams said the trend of starting school early is not nationwide and many edu cators did not realize the impact it has on local businesses She said even busi nesses that indirectly profit from the sum mer season are hurt She asked that the board take this into consideration when approving next years school schedule NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad berry said the district has been consis tent with its starting date over the years However lie said that with block sched uling finishing before Christmas can be important If a student graduates in Janu ary rather than December the college classes may have already begun caus ing a problem for the student he said When August comes there is a noticeable change in town and its not good for local Terri Adams Bradberry said that if someone has a better idea of how to organize the school year they can fill out a calendar form and submit it for votes He said the district usually gets several versions of the cal endar from parents teachers and busi nesses Anyone can fill out a form and see if it gets votes But if it doesnt get any votes you have to accept said Brad berry Bradberry said the forms have already started to go out for the upcoming calen dar and anyone can submit one How ever the proposed calendar must meet certain criteria including a set number of days and specific holidays off Congressional pensions are out of this world See Opinion Page 44   

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