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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY August 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 226 Serving New Braimfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Back to school JESSIE NBHS secretary Gaye Walker center hands out Student Parent 20012002 handbooks Wednesday Packets are available at the Library through Completed forms are to be returned Aug 8 through 10 For a schedule of upcoming student regis see page County approves new districts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys redistricting com mittee unanimously approved a new redistricting plan that will realign coun ty offices and voting precincts in ways officials hope will simplify The new passed on an 110 vote Wednesday absorbs the new res idents who have moved to Comal Coun ty since 1990 and distributes the coun ty population evenly between the four To accomplish 3 Commis sioner Cristina Zamoras district which includes much of New had to grow by a population of The population of the new districts will range from Zamoras people to 4 Moe Schwabs dividing the countys 2000 census population of four Whats Next Public hearing on new voting dis tricts and 6 Commissioners third Comal County Courthouse Commissioners vote to adopt new 60daywaiting period while of Justice reviews New plan tentatively becomes effective January She took pieces from each of the coun tys other most notably Jay Millikins 2 and Schwabs to accomplish Her formerly 60 percent His will become 55 percent Hispanic still a albeit a slimmer Zamora said Wednesday night she was satisfied with the plan and felt it protected the rights of the I feel it is a very fair and equal Zamora I feel that a minority will be able to feel represented the way these lines are as proposed the new plan will do more than increase the population of Zamoras For the first it realigns Justice of the Peace and Constable districts so their numbers match the commission ers district they are located For 1 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos becomes 3 Justice of the Peace because her office and residence are located in Zamoras 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder becomes 1 See Gator wrangling It wasnt a fox in this henhouse BY RON MALONEY Staff A fivefoot alligator who made a bid for breakfast Wednesday morning in a Rusch Lane chicken coop ended upin a new home for his But hell enjoy square a good place to nap and plenty of company at the Snake which is adjacent to where he was Nora Rivera said her heard quite a commotion in their backyard at around 6 Roberto figured he had a snake in his chicken trying to steal itself a few My brother Roberto found He has chickens in the back and he feeds them before he goes to They were going When he came he woke her up and told her there was a crocodile in the back Was it frightening Not to It was it was six It wasnt that she They said it was still a Of she isnt the one who roped the leath wouldbe escapee and marauder and held it for the appropriate While Roberto contem plated that very she called her When Carrie answered the she couldnt believe It was I was still in and I couldnt find my See AKETAKM JESSIE Robert Riveras new title may be gator Rivera caught this poacher rousting his roosters Wednesday The a protected species in is suffering from nutritional Snake Farm owner John Mellyn right wants to fatten the small 5to 8yearold alligator up to a healthier size and keep him at his statelicensed Tamayo picks up where he left off Excity manager back at helm BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo1 plans to spend his first week on the job learning new rec ognizing old faces and try ing to pick up where he left off more than seven years Its Tamayo said his first day back in the city managers There are a lot of new And I have to remember a lot of But some of it is the Everyone has been super sup portive and TAMAYO I hope it remains that The New Braunfels City Council hired Tamayo to serve as interim city man ager after Mike Shands decided to Although Shands offered to stay on as city manager until the council decided to hire Tamayo as an interim man ager and allow Shands to act as a consultant for the Tamayo officially took over for Shands August When he retired in Tamayo was the city man He said the biggest after nearly seven was adjusting to a firm schedule every The biggest challenge is trying to get my feet plant he Im not used to a regular schedule Im used to getting up when I wearing what I But I am adjusting and am getting back on a scheduled Once he gets things orga nized in the city managers Tamayo plans to hit the streets of New Braun He wants to visit the the fire watch city workers doing their I want to get out in the he Thats where 90 percent of the employees Im going to visit each fire go by the parks and make sure the pool is clean and Ive got to get reacquainted with the traffic projects and street construc There are a lot of little things all the usual things a city manager Tamayo is well acquainted with the city managers posi He started with the city as the administrative assistant to the city and served as interim city man ager while city council searched for a replacement on several He held the position before he after 22 years in New Braun fels city Tamayos philosophy is simple he believes in team He said he believes volunteer boards and city council should all work He will act as city manag er until the council hires his Tamayo I think it will be about 120 he Thats how long it was when I worked but theyve hired a search so it may be Whatever the length of time he serves as the chief executive officer of New Tamayo hopes to do a good job for the city and the city I think Ill do a good he leaning comfortably back in his As I said I like And this is a good INSIDE Key Code 76 Shoppers get tax break this weekend BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer It isnt quite Christmas in retailers but its Local stores are stocking up on clothing and planning for additional staff and ordering supplies to be ready for the annual sales tax holiday that starts tomorrow across the At the Braunfels Wal Mart Target man agement is nearly doubling the onduty staff for the weekend preparing for huge Were going to get hit pretty Target hardlines exec utive John Williamson Were going to have additional people here to help our guests people to help clean Its going to be big and its going to be The threeday sales tax holi given by the state comp trollers office and approved by the means cus tomers will not pay sales tax on a variety of items from diapers to The salestax free days pro vide an economic shot in the arm to retailers throughout the According to professors at Southwest Texas State Uni versity say the holiday will greatly benefit retail I think the impact will be Economics Profes sor Paul Gowens See CHRIS Target employees Paul Adams and Brandie Murphy stock merchandise Wednesday Merchants are preparing for this weekends sales tax   

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