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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SUNDAY MARCH 21 2004 ZEITUNG since GARTENFEST Event volunteers say Lettuce Entertain The annual event features seminars on growing and cooking with herbs Page 1C Lino Perez Jr his home in Venezuela to train in New Brauntels Now he heads to LA for his biggest boxing match yet Page IB Vol 113 32 pages 4 sections CLICK wwvr Chance of storms High Low 74 55 Details3B DEAR ABBY 8C CLASSIFIEDS 1D COMICS 6C CROSSWORD 6C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 78C Ordinance keytoGruene parking fray Citys vote on offsite parking will either help or hurt museum By Scott Mahon Staff Writer While the New Braunfels City Council has been flooded with parking issues the eye of the storm is centered over Gruene Pat Molak who along with partner Mary Jane Nalley owns several business es in Gruene has been fighting the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music since it relocated to the historic district last year from downtown New Braunfels Molak and Nalley own Gristmill River Restaurant Cotton Eyed Joes Gruene Hall and the Gruene Antique Store They are credited for making Gruene what it is a quaint historic district that draws visitors and tourists from all over Patrick S Molak Corp owns the largest and most visible offsite parking lot in Gruene which is centrally ideated and shopipersto park in arid walk to all the various shops v Museum officials say Molak fears competition from a restaurant at the museum Pat Molak doesnt want the museums restaurant to museum board vice president Roger Turtle said I dont think its going to impact his business In fact the more there is to do in Gruene the Nalley denied any rift between Molak and the museum Gruene can benefit from a new restau she said Speculation about a rift is without any The other Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley own several Gruene business es including the Gristmill restaurant and Gruene Hall Molak has ap pealed building permits and sued the city in at tempts to block the New Braun fels Museum of Art and Music from locating in Gruene Almost bankrupt ed by legal bat tles the museum received a mil lion donation that kept it open Amending the citys offsite park ing ordinance to change the dis tance from a busi ness to its parking and that distance is measured would clear a hurdlefor a restaurant to open on museum property The museum is dependent on the restaurant because of rental revenue Attorneys for Molak including his former coun sel Carter Casteel have argued against the Council votes on the ordinance Monday See PARKING Page 5A FRONT and CENTER DAVID Ron Hayworth city crossing guard and a retired educator escorts a Memorial Elementary student across Northpark Ridge f riday afiarnoofi The GUARDIANS Thanks to them you dont have to be chicken to cross the road Hayworth always has a smile and a wave for pass ing motorists By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer When the three Memorial schools let out at each afternoon the race out of school can be dangerous Crossing guards are crucial in ushering Memorial ele mentary primary and inter mediate students safely across busy Walnut Avenue and County line Road Ron Hayworth a retired educator got the crossing guard job so he could interact with the students He knows many of them by name He stands on the corner of Walnut and Northpark Ridge about 3 donning his crossing guard cap and shirt and a handheld stop sign The 20 mph sign turns on and Hayworth puts out red cones to caution drivers In the mornings hes out there at My first little one comes in on his bicycle at five to Hayworth said So I know I have to be here for New Braunfels Police Department employs nine crossing guards who work hourandahalf shifts at New Braunfels schools Crossing guards watch a series of videos and take ver bal instruction Then they train with the supervisor and apprentice with another guard learning on the job See CROSSING Page 5A Big changes in store for city ISD taxpayers AT A GLANCE New Braunfels Independent School District budget talks 6 Monday U The Education Center Boardroom 430 W Mill St B New Braunfels City Council meeting Monday Council Charnjters Municipal EWTORIAL Not enough infor mation to under stand longterm implications of the By Dylan Jimenez and Scott Mahon Staff Writers Taxes and of lifes certainties In New Braunfels however when taxes are levied and how much homeowners wiU pay are about to get much less certain Homeowners stand to get a sig nificantly larger tax bill from one government entity and sixmonth tax break from another Both the New Braunfels City Council and the New Braunfcls Independent School District Board of Trustees are consider ing changes to their fiscal calen dars when it starts when it ends when tax bilis go out and when payments are due The move is necessary to save costs associated with running a tax office and to generate more tax revenue The switch m anything but sim ple and the decisions both agen cies make will have a dramatic impact on taxpayers books Each is considering a dif ferent option NWSD A financial consultant hired to help NBISD reduce a projected million budget deficit rec ommended the district close its tax office The county lectors Office would take over the duties The district would save each year by closing the office However initial costs associated with the transition put firstyear savings at just One of the three tax office employees is retiring mis spring and the others would be reas signed within the district Officials also are discussing the possibility of aligning the districts tax year with the rest of the school districts in Texas Every other school district m the state levies taxes in October based on values from the same year NB1SP levies taxes four months earlier in June right before the end of the districts fiscal year Taxes are based on Renewable resources OMAP Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School Ihiidfirader Katie Knueper reads the poem Arbor Pay to the crowd gath ered at an Arbor Pay ceremony Friday in lands Park Look in