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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Wal-Mart distribution center a.- tyFacility will start up with 300 employees; will inject $54 million into area economy By JIM WEBRE and DANA OVERSTREET Staff Writers Executives of Wal-Mart Stores Inc have officially announced the selection of Nev* Braunfels for a regional distribution center The proposed complex will house a y84,<x»o square foot distribution facility and a 12. ton square f<x>t truck maintenance facility "I'm ready to dance on the tables This is one of the greatest things to happen to this community in a while ” John ( bunn past president of the treater New Braunfels (hamber of Commerce and current chair man of New Braunfels Industrial Kounda turn said t hamber Executive Vice President Tom Purdum thanked virtually dozeosn of people who assisted in the recruitment and planning for the enterprise He offered state industrial development office figures showing the federal tax revenue from the jobs created directly and indirectly by the center will be more than $10 million, while meaning some $56 million annually w ill be injected into the New Braunfels and surrounding area Purdum and City manager Joe Michie con firmed that the city and governing entities involved have promisedf tax abatement for 15 years to the Wal Mart organization, and a schedule for annexation of the 125-ae re site is yet to t>e worked out Purdum said the confirmation bv Wal Mart that they are going to build the center here will mean discretionary governor’s office funds of up to $500,000 will be awarded the city for infrastructure and utility work The distribution center will eventually serve the basic and seasonal needs of customers shopping in the 170 Wal-Mart stores in the mid and south-Texas area A truck fleet of IHI tractors and more than 400 trailers will support the distribution center when fully operational Initially, the center will employ 500 area residents and w ill increase to more than 650 as the center matures This will increase Wal Mart's total employment to more than 51 ,ooo associates in Texas The distribution center complex will be located on a 125-acre tract east of Interstate 35 and north of FM 506 Ground breaking is scheduled for this spring, with an opening in the summer of 1988 Wal-Mart’s Bill Fields, senior vice president-Distribution & Transportation said the company's commitment to New Braunfels was one of continued partnership and growth w ith Texas He also said the selection of New Braunfels was based on factors such as the central location in relation to new and existing stores, access to interstate highway net works, the excellent labor availability living conditions in New Braunfels, and the quality of area residents Fields also noted that several communities in Texas made fine presentations making the final decision a difficult one ’it is our foremost objective to become an even more vital and integral part of the New Braunfels community and the state of Texas Wal Mart will strive to continue to be a good partner with the people of C omal C ounty and contribute value to the community and to the lives of our associates Fields said Wa! Mart operates 12 other distribution center across its trade territory including centers in Palestine and Plainview There are currently 186 Wal-Mart stores in Texas, including an 8f <nmi square foot store in New Braunfels which opened in January 1986 See WAL mart Page 2A Barn fire Herald-Zeitung Wednesday Vol. 134, No. 73 Two Sections, 28 Pages April 15, 1987 25 Cents Unofficial panel eyes sign control By DAVID MAY StaH Writer \n ad tux committee working to devise an or dimmer regulating off premise >ign> was brought ti> :.ght Munday as New Braunfels City Council ex tended a moratorium on issuance of sign permits for another six months I tie non council sanctioned group headed bv Pete I mgamfeiter owner of«fasts < >utdoor Adver tisi; i has !■«-♦•[: meeting since council s rejection Man ti * ut the staff written and second document drv .-as: to regulate on and off premise and pot table sign' I.mgamfeiter also served for 18 mon tbs on council > original sign and billboard ad visory committer Mayor George t\rt>en stressed the ad hex- com mitier s work s targeted solely at off premise advert 'im I iicandelter addressed council Mon day and said th*- group would tx* willing to open its meetings to Hie public and may tx* meeting at the library The present moratorium was originally imposed n <ktot er of l‘<h,» and has txeu extended several tunes 'imthe latest extension was granted lK*t « *fu*n count i r* jev tell the adv isory committee > proposed "i iinatice I im- moratorium was to ex pire tixlav i ourn i extended the bultxiard permit issuance ban through • K l 15 "We are all interested in the cleaning up of some signage. I think you will be delightfully surprised at the progressive suggestions of the group and our unity.,' Pete Lingamfelter I-  - -     — — -    ..nan mrougn * h i lo rhey may be boo-boos, but they ’re on purpose at Seele Lingamfelter said he believes the committee could have a document prepared within90days Councilman at large l>oug Miller who proposed the six month moratorium extension said ai firmitive action regarding off premise signs needs to tx* dealt with soon or It will be open season on us and we ll tx* sitting ducks Ifevelopment of a sign and billboard ordinance has met with mucn controversy The advisory committee s ordinance was perceived throughout the business community as restrictive and anti business Council at that time rejected the com mitiee s ordinance and a second adv *s«i**v commit tee and handed the task to city staff It was then former Mayor Ed Sciantareth chastised the various factions involved for the cat tight that erupted during council sessions and advisorv workshops He said he wa' dtsap pointed that the ordinance bad pitted neighbor against neighbor and split the community The second document was construed as a watered down version of the first and considered a compromise by some but supported by few Council voted the staff written ordinance down in its second reading March 9 largely because of major concessions made to the sec Mon regarding portable signs Some citizens asked council to either enforce the ordinance currently on ’fie book-, or put Hie matter before a public referendum Lingamfelter said the present group is composed of both billboard ora tors and those who lease billboard space We are all interested in the deaning up of soon signage I trunk you will tx delightfully surprised .it tho progressive suggestions of the group anti our unity he said In other action council unanimously approved second r* ading • an ordinance amending the wrecker ordmam • and se-tt *'g forth a .o-day late filing period Second reading of an ordmam portion of 490 t s HI NA to I 5 district Tabled for further consideratii least* by »an \ntonio h art * v ' Fount ry Kart Club to utilize 9 perry on EM ,,u near Dry » facility rezoning a . commercial rn a proposed operate as Hill res of city pro ai as a go kart B f SAH AH DUH I SUH At lift A group of students at Ne*«*le Elemental V School ale i ashing Id on Eastef But instead ut J** k« ting tin* I xiv Ks Hwy have made up then ill in. is tu fxlp create a * oitial Coml tv v fold abuse v enter V it gutta k ftentx i get a tout Hi grade teat her at Ute st bool said that what slatted alf as ah art pro jet t has blossomed into an economics lesson and a lesson in tielpmg athel s I tie students take a break from the ir studier two Cif three times a week lei make Ink* txx» bunnies which are really just little* I* aster den orations Outing ret ess luneh and atter st hoot Hie students 'ell then vte*a lions to athel students and they re* sealing list* fiat cake*' I tie children figures] originally tile c ost «>f supplies l he*y e*st(mated atmid tai cents te* make them and the) made about 6* cents profit Effcnberge*r said bhat wastxfore word got out atx»ut Hie* projec! and Uh a1 bilks donated wash cloths rib bons ami take* eyes lo help the stUelents I tie* students set a goal of I aisillg Hun to give* to the child abuse* center We read afxiut Hie* child abuse* iente'1 and we taike*t| atmid child abuse Their ideas kind of came* i aget tx r and thew decided lied to just donate but to raise some money El tentier gee said No tar Um class bas rals«sj v* putting it close to the- goal We re- going It* sen tht*m tor money and give it to Hie* child abuse ♦•liter to he*lp them build the center said /andra Gonzalez oru* of Ftfentxrger s studrnts I r.u i I uv h is enthusiastic af* nit tin* projec t and Hie* I*.aster decora I Kins We 'o*lt ffiem at lunch arn! in the* morning whe*n the kids are get ting oft Uh* bus We sold out and bac! a waiting list she said Kri'ta Hopkins and I* lien Engler wufk together as a team making the bunnies I he*y and their classmates carefully roll up wash c loths and tie the* ends together making a little fat e* arn! bunny ears We sold a lot of the*m Hopkins said We have dude-nts who are wilting tit give- up the*ir recesses and sell the-m Eftentx*rge*r said the* project has txc ome an ail around learning ex perience That was vort of an economic s lesson They trad to use inatti 'Kills to calculate the* c*ost and the* profit and they had to UM* language* skills to write* thank you notes to the people wtiei donated things she* said blear skies and lots of sun shun witti warmer days aud mild nights ate* on tap weather wise* for Hie* ne*xt sevetal days and into the* weekend with no precipitation in sight High' today will tx* in the mid ho s witti northwester I) w iuds alKnit IU mph The Menu BUSINESS...........BA CLASSIFIED ... 12 1SB EDUCATION........3A KALEIDOSCOPE. I -12 B INSIGHT...........SAA OPINIONS...........4    A SPORTS..........9,10A Tort reform vote delayed \t ST1N \P The senate Economic tfevelopment Commit tex* Unlay postponed until Tuesday a vote .rn tort reform proposals after negotiators said they have tx*e*n unable to reach agreement on the civ ii justice measures I think I will have something ready to vote out Tuesday said sen John Montford I> Lubboc k author of an omnibus measure plus a number of single bills changing legal prix e*dure' in per sonal injury suits Montford said he and s<*n Kent < aperton l> Bryan who has op posed many of the tort retorm measures ?x*gntiate»d tor afxiut 14 hours Tuesday hut were unable to reach agreement We have* txen attempting to arrive at a consensus on many points hut I d like to just vote it up or down or in or out. on Tuts day    Mont turd told the* commit tex* Mont turd said be would ask Ll Gov Bill Hobby to recognize* him for a floor debate on the bills next Thursday The committee had e*\pecled to vote on a compromise bill last Monday but the vote was postpon t*d until today whet. Montford and » aperton said they needed more time for negotiations Mont turd Caperton and Nt.n Grant Jones I) Temple have been the Senate leaders in trying lo dratt legislation that would set tie the controversy ovei rising liability insurance costs and the availability of that insurance Similar efforts are being made in the* House* Some have blamed increased court judgments in personal in jury suits along with soaring at torney fees for the socalled See TORT Page JA Ne* Braunfels Black Heritage oo.    j*    a    ing up tor its Juneteenth celebrator wit1" a queer- :o ie it ar J fcnd-raismg events Queen anc later s ab eve Adams 18 sponsore : : y Maggie A sponsored by Mn he Mi Yvette Charles McBride ar i St*- at e M ms Templeton Not ptct .red is ar..ii sered by Faye Millett art ?rom eft Roxanr.e ams Audrey Mr8rice 19. ‘•cj’s I r. 0 - - ored by eft IS spor.sere 1 by Denote grojf- Em vin 18 spon- Knsta Hopkins left and Ellen Engler make 'boo-boo” bunnies at Seele Elementary School. (Photo by Deryt Clark) Garbage pickup will be Friday Although Friday is a holiday tor Easter City of New Braunfels samla Hon workers will tx picking up gar bage on their regular schedule, the City reports There will tx no interruption in the regular garbage collection schedule as part of the Easter holiday New Braunfels firefighters soak down the smouldering re mams )* the* f'ane* Rahe barn ♦* * -.-.rn* • R id at rM * * 1 about IO 3G p rr Tuesday Mrs Rahe* whose husband is deceased reported the tire that $♦ e*: a Haw Dom horse The mare escaped Other livestock fteemg ‘rom flames included iambs A member of the Rane-* ‘amity '^portediy kept the breeding stoc* in the barn that /.as a- but gutted (Photo by Leslie Kriewaldt) Queen hopefuls Black Heritage Society sponsors are standing Dennis Templeton and Charles McBride and seated Maggie Adams Bessie Watson ana Ma one McBride Queen candidates will be raising money tor twi s. Motorships for black students at New Braunfels and Canyc nigh schools The queen will be announced at a June 20 dance This is the society s second Juneteenth celebration and the first time it will have a queen (Photos by Leslie Kriewaldt) ;