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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Vol 149 No 128 18 pages in Z sections May 17 2000 NEW PELS HERALD7U WEDNESDAY vmg Coma County since 1852 50 cents CISD trustees to consider bid for new elementary school Price hike for lunctes also on agenda FROM STAFF REPORTS BULVERDE Trustees of the Comal Independent School District could award a million contract Thursday to build a new elementaryschool the first new facility to be constructed as part of last years million bond issue District administration is recommend ing that JT Construction Inc of San Anto nio be awarded the contract to build the ele mentary school at FarmtoMarket Road 306 and Hoffman Lane north of New Braunfels At its regular meeting scheduled for 6 at Bill Brown Elementary on Highway 46 in Bulverde the board also will consider a proposal to raise the price of school meals and discuss how best to address seating concerns at the districts two high school football stadiums CISD spokeswoman Kari Hutchison said the increase in meal prices is due to rising WHATS UP WHAT CISD trustee meeting WHEN 6 Thursday WHERE Bill Brown Elementary Highway 46 Bulverde food costs wage increases and changes in how the district is reimbursed The last time there was an increase in meal prices in this district was five years Hutchison said Beth is telling the school board we dont anticipate the need for another increase for five Under the proposal if approved by trustees there will be a 25cent across theboard increase in meal prices The current CISD breakfasts at both the elementary and secondary school level will go from to for the 74 percent of district students who receive unsubsidized meals Elementary school lunches will rise from to and secondary school lunches from to In the New Braunfels Independent School District breakfasts now cost An elementary school lunch is sec ondary school lunch is The board also is likely to reject bids to provide additional bleacher seating at the districts two stadiums in favor of a proposal by district staff to lease up to addi tional seats for the 2000 season at a cost of This will enable the district to consider permanent seating next year Belly up for a good read Gruene Hall counter featured in book BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Gruene Hall bar keep Lizz Smith runs a rag over the leaning planked counter and let the phone ring a few times before she walked back to the wall to grab it No the owners werent around she said No she didnt knoyv when theyd Flatau be around Had Gruene Hall No she couldnt when she wrote give out their home Counter Culture numbers She hangs up returning to a conversation at the bar Nope she hadnt heard the establishment where she works was featured in the new book Counter Culture a paperback examination of 44 of the states dance halls diners luncheonettes soda fountains and honkytonks Though shes a relatively new employee at the hall Smith boasts a lifelong love for the place and certainly believes its charm belongs in a book Ive been coming here since I was Smith explained Thats the great thing about Gruene Hall you can enjoy it at any She talked a little about the business its rhythms what its like how busy it is when things are really stomping on bootscootin show nights Then in the more confidential tone bartenders reserve for when theyre talking to one of their own she talked about tips Gruene Hall she said is a wonderful place to work We dont have a band so its quiet theres a lot happening here Happy hours from four to seven And on the nights we have enter tainment As her tone tapers her eyes sweep the saloon and the dance hall beyond as if expecting a stranger to doubt or discount her words Then George Strait used to play here a Nobody who has seen die book published by Lone Star Press could doubt what Smith says about Gruene Hall Author Susie Kelly Flatau said the landmark was one of three or four places she had hi mind when she decided to do Counter Culture K JESSIE Matt Mammon left and P J Yankowski chat with bartender Lizz Smith at the counter in Gruene Hall Id been there quite a few times and I knew wed just have to use Flatau said Basically its one of the oldest dance halls in Texas Its just steeped in history If you go over to Gruene Hall you can just feel Flatau said Its in a pretty nondescript building but as you walk down the main street in Gruene youre just kind of drawn to it It has the spirit the old wooden dance the patina on the dance floor When I was there they had no air condi tioning I think it must be just as it was Part of its beau ty is that along the dance floor they had these big shuttered doors that theyd open to let the breeze through What intrigued me is this man Henry Gruene a cotton farmer built this dance hall and this little saloon for all his workers so theyd have a place to let loose after a hard weeks work Anybody who does that has a heart of gold and a pretty darn good business When Gruene died the dance hall and saloon changed hands a number of times and was closed for awhile In 1975 Mary Jane Nalley and Pat Molak bought and reopened the dance hall Theres a diversity of musicians who play Flatau noted Many performers return over and over and over Its kind of their home away from home their grounding Its kind of a grounding site for Flatau as well Flatau loves the place she says as she loves many of the 125 places and associated people she and See Interest rates increased to slow economy WASHINGTON AP The Federal Reserve bumped up interest rates Tuesday by a bold half point pushing a key rate to its highest level in nine years Fed policymakers sig naled they were prepared to move even more aggressively if needed to fight inflation The central bank raised its target for the federal funds rate the interest that banks charge each other to percent It was the sixth time the Fed has increased the funds rate since last June but the first halfpoint move All the other rate changes were smaller quarterpoint increases The Feds action at midafternoon was immediately matched by announcements from commercial banks that they were increasing their prime lending bench mark for millions of consumer and business loans by the same half point Those increases left the prime at percent its highest level since January 1991 when the country wSs in its last recession The Fed also increased its largely symbolic dis count rate the interest it charges for direct loans to banks by a half point to 6 percent Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his col leagues said they were concerned that continued brisk demand generated by the booming economy would outstrip the countrys available supply of goods and workers If this were to persist the Fed warned it could foster inflationary imbalances that would undermine the economys See NBISD balances 20002001 budget BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District will look to staff attrition to find the last quarter million dollars it needs to balance its budget for the 200001 fiscal year without firing any employees and without raising taxes for maintenance and operations We dont want to REF were not going to NBISD business manag er David Rastellini assured trustees at their meeting Tuesday night RIF is human resources jargon an acronym that stands for reduction in BIGGADIKE Rastellini told the school board he will find the last he needs to balance the districts budget by not replacing five teachers and two aides next year If the district doesnt experience the expected personnel attrition he said he will ask departments to reach a little further in their See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds 48B Comics 2B SA Forum 6A Movies SA Obituaries 3A Sports 79A Today SA Outside help can only go so far in aiding Rosedale BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Maria Serrano has two small children and is facing the difficult task of finding afford able housing in New Braunfels as a single mother Serrano whose husband recently passed away currently pays for a twobedroom apartment she shares with her 5year old daughter and 6month old son in the Rosedale Apartment complex Serrano aaimore than 150 other residents at Rosedale havo been ordered to move out of attrnsntu hu June 1 Lost in a threepart series immediately after inspectors turned up more than 150 violations of building fire health an4 safety codes in the 42 units on Rosedale Avenue and South Krueger Street off West San Antonio Street So far Sarrano has not found housing she can afford She and several other residents have put their names on a list for housing assistance through the Housing Authority of New BraunfelB However there currently are no vacancies in anv lowincome housing units in New of Applications for the permanent assistance specifically for Rosedale residents voucher program which provides lowincome This would not be an ongoing program It residents with vouchers to use for privately would help people get relocated The pro owned housing take several months to gram would probably end in August or when process she said ever all the people were moved Puchek The voucher program is not set up for said Mardock said Residents will have to wait and worry while the city and housing authority implement an emergency assistance program for Rosedale Puchek said funding would come from money previously set aside for the Bergfeld Drainage Project which came in under bud residents The program however is temporarily on Kathleen Puchek Community hold as the city waits for approval from the ment Block Grant director said the program Department of Housing and Urban if approved would give the exiled residents Development money toward security deposits and first Because the program would receive month rent at new apartments a funding it must be prcppirt according to Puchek said the program was designed Set   

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