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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                V M f20332 riling i SOUEST MICROPUflLISHTNG 2627 E Dfc EL POSO TX 79 903 EITUNG Vol 148 No 210 16 pages in 1 section September TVTT TDCfl AV Serving Comal CountV 50 cents Whats up downtown Businesses enjoying record sales but some are calling for revival BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Despite record sales for some downtown businesses most storeowners agree more needs to be done to revive historic downtown New Braunfels We havent even tapped our said Mike Calahan owner of Calahans Pub Deli on San Antonio Street Calahan and Henne Hardware owner Paul Martinka raised concerns about New Braun argued the city needed to improve tne appear ance of downtown to enhance its marketabili ty Other downtown business owners agree the city needs a plan to make downtown more appealing to shoppers and tourists Like plenty of other downtown entrepre neurs Calahan has a long list of suggestions But he also points out the positives ample parking space a safe environment several unique shops and occasional special events Were heading in the right Cala han said But theres more to do Downtown needs some kind of entertain ment venue perhaps in the nowvacant Braun tex Theatre on San Antonio Street Calahan said We need more to do he said To get the people here we Ve got to give them something to do Have live music on the Main Plaza Have a motorcycle rally a magic show a SK run It has to be done frequently so it becomes And bringing a mix of retail businesses to the heart of the city would help business own ers said Martinka said We need more retail busi nesses down here Thetes only 30 out of 107 But retail business is what brings shoppers Specialty shops such as Tobacco Haus or Eclectic Gourmet both on San Antonio Street also attract business he said Lynn Forres owner of Huisache Grill sug gested the city look into attracting a national chain such as Bean to draw crowds But the citys Main Street director Lynn WAI Top left Lisa Repka owner of Tobacco Haus 180 W San Antonio checks her cigar stock for clientele which comes from as far away as Houston and Dallas Top right New Braunfels Coffee 489 Main Plaza offers a homey atmosphere with local artists work and specialty merchandise to attract both locals and tourists Above Summer Hendon of New Braunfels Coffee prepares the house blend for a customer Fountain said that was an unlikely option Theyre not going to Fountain said We dont have the foot traffic And national chains travel in herds They wont jump out there by Recruiting new businesses isnt necessarily a focus for the Main Street board anyway Foun tain said Time and money is better spent cultivating businesses we already she said They might Martinka said he wanted more attention paid to the physical appearance of downtown Antique lighting needed to be installed weeds sprouting through cracks in the side walk should be removed he said The Main Street Department or the city needs to do more about capital improve he said Do a block a The problem is money according to city officials Theres no money in the city budget for downtown Fountain said City manager Mike Shands said no requests for downtown capital improvements were made during budget talks Its been done by donations in the he said City council did agree several years ago to put up from the general fund to help repair downtown sidewalks Shands said And from Community Develop ment Block Grants also helped finance the sidewalks Storeowners normally are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their property Shands said but downtown officials made a good argument for the new side walks But the city should be careful not to desig nate a disproportionately large amount of money to any small area of town Shands said Downtown business owners and Fountain argue that downtown is not just any small area of town A downtowns history is the only thing that distinguishes it from any other Fountain said It is the defining attribute of a Money is needed to make any downtown See Developers say proposed drainage fees are too high BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels will run off developers if drainage fees are set too high several citizens warned the Drainage Advisory Committee on Wednesday It cant all be dumped on the Perry Wing field of Wingfield Construction said Lets not run every one Wingfield was one of 15 residents present at the meet ing Committee chairman Hal Herbelin said they wanted fees to be fair Our desire is to spread this evenly over all property he said The sixmember committee has not accepted any pro posed fees but is continuing to review an ordinance sug gesting a possible fee structure to raise money for main tenance and construction of drainage facilities I City council will have the final say on any fee structure the committee makes its recommendations to council j If the committee and council adopt the ordinance as developers would be responsible for funding any drainage1 system improvements onsite and offsite adjacent to the development that the city deems necessary Developers also would have to pay a onetime fee per lot for residential lots and parcels of land and for all other lots and parcels of land including industrial and retail uses The proposed ordinance also includes monthly drainage fees for commercial industrial and retail uses of See DRAINAGE Houston fights own battle for Texas education BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Sam Houston IV is blazing new trails for Texas Inde pendence only instead of fighting Santa Anna like his greatgrandfather he is waging a war for the states control over education As a guest speaker at the New Braunfels Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday Houston said he hoped to see less national involvement in the Texas education system Houstons famous relative is for mer Republic of Texas president Sam Houston who led troops to defeat the Mexican Army at the battle of San Jacinto in the Texas Revolution Houston said he thought one of the biggest problems with education in Texas was attracting good quality teachers We pay a basketball player million to run down a court and put a little ball in a he said And we dont pay our teachers in Texas enough to educate our children All of the former Texas leaders have emphasized education and the people of Texas need to take a stand and make a difference Right now Washington is run ning HOUSTON Council prepares for bond issue input PROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels residents interest ed in learning what city council might consider for future bond issues should attend Saturdays 9 am The workshop will take place in councils chambers at the citys municipal building 424 8 Castell Avo finiifiail will digrams nnaaiMfl toama OTBTCF MMVVW to be submitted to voters at a bond election and consider a date for such an election Its a starting Mayor Stoney Williams said so council knows what all is out WUUanifl said council would listen to proposals from citizens and dis cuss proposals submitted ftom vari ous dty Council not plan on rising items String A mi INSIDE Central kitchen warehouse among NBISD bond proposals BY HEATHIR Tooo Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District patrons are being aske4 to fund a million con struction project for a new central kitchen and maintenance ware house The new facility is just one of many proposed projects in a million bond package designed enrollment growth and upgrade outdated buildings NBISD voters will decide Oct 2 whether to go forward with the plan to renovate and upgrade all 15 of the districts campuses and auxiliary facilities some of which date back to the early 1900s Early voting begins Wednes day at the Education Center 430 West Mill St Early voting runs PART OF A SERIES On Friday read how the bond issue will affect your taxes until Sept 28 Voting hours are 8 to 5 See   

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