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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 17 46 pages in 5 sections December Or ServingComal County since 1852 INSIDE JingteBeflRun Hundreds of area residents braved drizzling rain and fog for Saturday mornings MassMutual Jingle Bell 5K at Landa Santas Forest This Comal County woman lives and breathes Christmas yearround and loves to share what she knows about Christmas trees with her Cheer Fund Have you given to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund yet If not time is running out The newspaper staff and volunteers hope to deliver food baskets to the needy on Saturday Drop off or mail donations to the Cheer Fund 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 781 30 Were behind on donations this year and could use your WEATHER Its starting to feel a little bit like the holidays and the nights are going to get cooler For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Mfe 77 Brauntex group closes deal BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A local nonprofit group closed on a deal Friday to buy the historic Brauntex Theatre Its been a year and several months and we finally got there said Mac McCoy president of Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association Inc The association raised to buy the building from David Roberts who also owns the Starplex Theater in San Marcos In the next six to eight months BPA TA hopes to raise about million locally to renovate the theater which will be used as a per forming arts facility The group hopes to secure other funding through grants and other sources The theater 209 W San Antonio Street first opened in downtown New Braunfels in January 1942 one month after the Pearl Harbor attack It has been vacant since May 1998 but a group of concerned residents who believed New Braunfels needed a per forming arts theater met four months later to tour the facility with a local architect When the October 1998 flood hit that groups efforts were put on hold to recover from the flood damage but the group got together again in Febru ary and has been meeting since then BPATA officially became a nonprofit in June and two months later signed an earnest money contract with Roberts For the next six to eight months BPATA will focus on raising money and then start renovation Home tour WAI Cindy Williams chair of this years Christmas Tour of Homes introduces the history and stories of the Prince Solms Inn to Arvella and Leslie Calder on Saturday Lionhearted Christmas Big Kmart operation man ager Edward Pacheco helps a participant of the Breakfast Lions Clubs annual Childrens Christmas on Saturday Twentyfour children Each was given to shop for Christmas gifts The event was sponsored by Chase Bank First State Bank and the Breakfast Lions Club WAI Zeitung City bonds could triple tax rate Mayor Council likely will cut some projects BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels tax rate could more than triple in the next four years if city council and ultimately the taxpayers approve the most updated list of possible bond projects But Mayor Stoney WHAT New Braunfels City Council meeting WHEN Monday WHERE Citys municipal building 424 S Castell Ave Wet weather puts cars on skids BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer New Braunfels Police Department officers and EMS personnel stayed busy with numerous accidents around town Saturday Sgt John MacEachern of New Braunfels Police Department said most of the accidents were related to the rainy weather and reckless dri ving This is the prime holiday shop ping he said People need to use caution when MacEachern said the light rain brought oil and dust to the roadway surface causing slick streets The speed limit might say 60 miles per hour but people should drive slow er when the road is Sgt John McEachern New Braunfels Police Injury accidents were reported at Hunter Road at FarmtoMarket Road 306 and Gruene Road at Hunter Road The passengers were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries A lot of the accidents have had injuries but nothing lifethreaten ing MacEachern said Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatchers said it was reasonably quiet in the county and reported no major accidents If you have to venture outdoors this weekend MacEachern warns drivers to reduce speed and watch out for other drivers because acci dents can occur anywhere The speed limit might say 60 miles per hour but people should drive slower when the road is he said The National Weather Service said the rain will end by midnight bring ing sunny skies on Monday with cool temperatures would pareifown me Us projects after seeing how much the tax rate would be increased Otherwise wed go from having one of the lowest tax rates in the state to one of the he said If the projects were approved a resident own ing a home with a taxable value of could pay a year in city taxes by 2004 according to city estimates That same res ident currently pays City staff declined to release to the HeraldZeitung infor mation on the potential impact on taxpayers as well as new detailed cost estimates City manager Mike Shands said that information could be released to the HeraldZeitung Monday We want to give council a chance to see those numbers he said Williams agreed to provide the information which will be reviewed during Mondays meeting Council will meet at in the council chambers in the municipal building 424 S Castell Ave Williams said council would work to pare down the million list which includes street and drainage parks and recreation and police and fire projects Council is hoping to have a bond issue to present to voters by May The total projected property tax rate could increase from 31 cents currently to 62 cents in 2001 in 2002 in 2003 and in 2004 The tax rate would be affected by more than just the bond issue If taxpayers agree to raise taxes to build a fire station for instance the city needs to staff and maintain that fire sta tion According to Williams agenda packet the city would need a increase each year from 2002 to 2004 to cover costs of staffing and maintenance for bondapproved See A School district TxDOT to talk Loop 337 solutions BY HEATHER TODO Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict trustees will consider Tuesday a pro posed plan to increase safety for students parents and school staff traveling on Loop 337 Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Institute will pre sent findings of a traffic study on Loop 337 when trustees meet 7 Tuesday at the Education Center 430 W Mill St RusseUHenk program manager for TTI MALATEK also will present three phases of action to increase safety for motorists on Loop 337 in front of New Braun fels High School 2551 Loop 337 Greg Malatek resi dent engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office would not dis close details of the pro meeting But Malatek said the preliminary plan discussed with school officials would involve cooperation between TxDOT and the school district We will work together in finding the best solution to make this area as safe as we possibly can for students and the traveling he said NBISD officials said a district commit tee composed of school officials and par ents would review the findings by TTI Wednesday morning and would work with See LOOP MEETING WHO New Braunfels Independent School District WHAT Trustee meeting to con sider solutions to traffic problems on Loop 337 in front of New Braunfels High School WHEN 7 Tuesday WHERE Education Center 430 W Mill St
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