New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Proposed City Voting Districts
Population Percentage White
Population is people of voting age only.
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Vol. 144, No.22Inside
City unveils proposal for voting districts
Classified...............................3B-7BBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Randy Tellis (two years, belated), Amelia Rosales (belated), Christopher Deady, Pat till, Pam Schneider, Lucy Castilleja, Doris Grimm, J.D. Foster (13 years), Wayne A. Rahe, and Roy Medina.County fair barbecue
The Comal County Fair Appreciation Barbecue for drovers, directors, and senior directors, will be at 5 p.m.,
Dec. 17. Members and guests only, please.Building contractor seminar and lunch
A building contractor seminar and luncheon will be held at Honors Hall, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, structural engineer, will lead a discussion on the latest in concrete foundations and many pointers on improving your slabs with little or no extra cost. Co-sponsored by RE/MAX RiverCities and American Engineering. Reservations required, call 629-1745.QI Forum meets Thursday
The American GI Forum. Chapter 1014, meets Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179 Hall on Coll Street.Bereavement Support Group meets
Bereavement Support Group meets Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. Call Jan at 629-8181 for information.Historical Christmas Journey
The public is invited to the Historical Christmas Journey, Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p m at First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets. No admission charge.
Featuring The first Christmas on the coast, Christmas at the orphanage, a Victorian Christmas, Christmas eve candlelight service, historical church buildings in miniature, a live nativity, festive music and refreshments.
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Factory Stores merger dead
negotiating position with both existing and prospective tenants, better access to the capital markets and lower funding costs.
J. Dixon Fleming. Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Factory' Stores, said the transaction was terminated because of changes in the value of stocks, and it could no longer be completed on “terms favorable to our stockholders."
“The entire thing just became cost prohibitive," he said.
Fleming said key people have agreed to come to w ork w ith Factory Stores. He said that is a bonus that did come out of the negotiations that lasted almost a year. He also said that he does not foresee any future negotiations attempting to merge the tw o.
“lf you folks hav e been pleased with the way the property has been managed in the past. youTI see the same consistent quality, I think. said Fleming.
New districts needed for city to comply with Voting Rights Act
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels took a step closer to the American ideal of one person-one vote Monday night. The 1995 Redistricting Committee unveiled its proposal for six new voting districts for public comment and the first of three votes by the city council.
“Your vote if you live in any one of these districts means as much," said Frank B. Suhr, spokesman for the committee. “There’s no way to cut the city into six pieces and make everybody happy," he said. “We didn’t attempt to do that."
A charter amendment approved by
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels voters last May mandated that the voting districts be redesigned. Voting practices in- the city needed to change to better comply with the Voting Rights Act.
One person-one vote and minimal dilution of racial minorities were two key goals in re-drawing the lines. Two of the new districts needed to have a majority of minority voters.
"Hispanics were 35 percent in the 1990 census," Suhr said. “It just doesn't seem fair to dilute them in more than four districts.”
Keeping traditional neighborhoods together was also a factor in shaping the new districts — so several of the
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Kathleen Rhodes’ chemistry class at New Braunfels High School invited children from Seel Elementary School to visit and watch several experiments yesterday. Several children examine the results of a chemical reaction inside a rubber glove.
Factory Stores of America. Inc. announced Thursday that Rothschild Realty, Inc. has terminated the planned merger, which would hav e formed the largest ow ner and operator of outlet centers in the United States.
Under the proposed merger. Factory Stores was to acquire the factory' outlet centers ow ned by The Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio (OPERS) and the management and business operations of the C harter Oak Group. Ltd., a subsidiary of Rothschild.
The Charter Oak property includes the New Braunfels Factory Stores.
The merger was expected to bring about many improvements, including more efficient operations, a strengthened management team, portfolio diversification, improv ed
new distncts are shaped much like the old ones.
No one stepped up to speak in opposition to the newly drawn distncts. The city council approved the first reading of the new distnct ordinance unan
Making up the 1995 Redistricting Committee were Vice-Chairman Ambrosio Benitez. C hairman Atanacio Campos, lX>n E. Hensz, Bill Hauboldt. Secretary' Rosanne Keeton, Cheryl
Krueger, Eleanor (Nora) Morales, G.L. (Lee) Osburn, Gloria Suarez Sasser and Frank B. Suhr.
The city council hired professors David Guinn and Michael Momson as legal consultants to the committee.Optimists sailing trees
The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christmas tree lot on Seguin St. across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 a m. to 9 p m.Cheer Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every hoi iday season, to provide food for the needy
New donations include: Roger and Patsy Vann - $25; Archie and Elizabeth Culpepper - $25, and an anonymous $25 gift, bringing the fund tota to $3,638.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
New Braunfels gets good news, Garden Ridge gets bad news in (ates sales tax rebates
By DENISE DZIUK
The state comptroller’s office issued the December sales tax rebates, and Garden Ridge and New Braunfels saw very different results. New Braunfels received a significant increase, while Garden Ridge had a significant decrease.
New Braunfels received a sales tax rebate of $354,972, compared to $213,845 last year. This represented a 65.99 percent increase Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the increase is largely due to the half-cent increase in the sales tax rate in October. He said that once the increased tax is accounted for, there was a 10.66 percent increase.
New Braunfels has also seen an 8.95 percent increase in the total of payments to date, from $3,500,495 to $3,813,9IO.
However, Garden Ridge did not do as well in temis of the rebate. Garden Ridge saw a 73.54 percent decrease from $5,853 to $1,548. Last month’s rebate was 40 percent below the previous year’s also. The payments to date for the city also declined by 30.06 percent this period, which went from $54,434 to $33,171.
Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Minikin said a roof truss company and a computer supply company that left during the previous year have had a big impact on the economy. He said he did not realize they constituted such a large part of the revenues, “but they obviously did.”
He said the space from one of the companies has already been filled. However, the other location remains vacant.
“It means we’ve got to adjust by either reducing expenditures accordingly, or increasing revenues,” he said.
Early start of school year hurts local economy, Schlitterbahn GM says
By DENISE DZIUK
The early start of school has a negative effect on businesses in New Braunfels. That was what a representative of local businesses told the New Braunfels Independent School District board of directors Tuesday night.
Terri Adams, general manager of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts, said she wanted to address the issue of the 1996-97 school calendar, and was representing several businesses in town. She said there is a decline in the number of tourists in August, which correlates w uh the start of school. She said she did research on the topic for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of C ommerce, and found that sales tax receipts for the month of August are almost 50 percent less than other summer months.
“When August comes, there is a noticeable change in town, and it’s not good tor local businesses,” she said.
Adams said that in her research, she
found two reasons for starting school early in August. She said the first is so that tile semester can be finished by die Christmas holidays The second is that some students need a shorter summer break to help increase retention of what they learned the year before. She said there has been no evidence, including test scores, to support these two reasons.
Adams said the trend of starting school early is not nationwide, and many educators did not realize the impact it has on local businesses. She said even businesses that indirectly profit from the summer season are hurt. She asked that the board take this into consideration when approv ing next year's school schedule.
NBIS1) Superintendent Charles Brad-berrv said the district has been consistent with its starting date over the years. However, he said that with block scheduling, finishing before Christmas can be important, lf a student graduates in January rather than December, the college classes may have already begun, causing a problem for the student, he said.‘When August comes, there is a noticeable change in town, and it’s not good for local businesses.’
— Tern Adams
Bradberry said that if someone has a better idea of how to organize the school year, they can fill out a calendar form and submit it for votes. He said the distnct usually gets sev eral v ersions of the calendar from parents, teachers, and businesses.
"Anyone can fill out a form and see if it gets votes. But, if it doesn’t get any votes, you have to accept that." said Bradberry.
Bradberrv said the forms have already started to go out for the upcoming calendar, and anyone can submit one. However, the proposed calendar must meet certain cnteria, including a set number of days and specific holidays oftCongressional pensions are out of this world. See Opinion, Page 4A.