New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Valentines Day specials..
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Stanley Hummel, Wilma McLaughlin, Archie T. Culpepper, P.J. Martinez, Pat Hansbauer, Catherine Gay (belated), Mary Jane Zavala (Friday), Timoteo Guerra, Emma Shultze, Cindy Munoz (belated), Zee Simmons (belated), Gene A. Sawyer (belated), Dick M. Crownover (Monday), Mike Peevyhouse (Monday), Hugh L. Talbott (Monday).
Sesquicentennial Arbor Day event set
A Sesquicentennial Arbor Day celebration will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Landa Park Arboretum near Pavillion
Three trees will be planted. Members of all Garden Clubs are invited to attend, as is the general public.
Business counseling held Tuesdays at chamber
The business counselor from UTSA’s School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business Topics cover financing, personnel. business planning, taxes, expansion and many others The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling 625-2385.
H-Z seek a Citizen of the Year nominations
The Herald-Zeitung is currently accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year aw ard and also the Unsung Heroes awards.
Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Nominations can be mailed or brought by the Herald-Zeitung office, located at 707 Landa St.
Citizen of the Year is aw arded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and members of the community dunng the past year. Unsung Heroes are members of the community who regularly do things to help others, but do not normally receive much credit for it.
For more information, contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 625-9144
AARP fax h#lp continues
AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlingcr Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a m. to I p.m., and Saturday from IO a m. to I p m,
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a m. to noon, Wednesday from I p m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to I p.m.
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44 Pages in three sections B Sunday, Feb 12, 1995
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B Vol. 143, No 66
Comptroller's report says appraisals were accurate
_ Appraisal increases mirror rise in market values
By CRAIG HAMMETT
WTien property value appraisals rose an average of eight percent last year in Comal County, many residents were angry. Many appealed these raises. Some won, some didn’t.
County Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers now has a report from the state comptroller’s office that reaffirms that appraisal raises mmor a rise in market value, especially for residential property.
“The main purpose is to check market value. to see if you were at market value,” he said. “We were right at what they’re selling for.”
The state comptroller’s office acts as an overseer for appraisal districts in this state. They perform this review by checking market sales
and performing their own appraisals, then applying numbers to a formula.
The key is hitting the av erage, or mean, lf, for example, there arc 13 homes appraised at $I00,0(X). six should be above that mark, six below.
Also, the ends of that range should not be too low or too high.
The county office registered a 99 percent mark of sales market value for 1994
“Of course the goal is IOO percent, but that’s pretty good." said Rodgers.
Another mark is the coefficient of dispersion, a fancy term that measures that range of appraisals. It has gone down here from 16.93 to
10.93 in 1993 and 6.88 in 1994.
Why are these numbers important?
It’s the law. says Rodgers.
Also, appraisal rates affect school district tax rolls The state determines the wealth of a district and consequent funding from property value assessments.
Both districts in the county saw a rise in property values.
The larger CISD rose about $77 million while the smaller NBISD also rose about $38.8 million in total values Tile NBISD appraisals had $4.6 million more on the local rolls than the state estimate. The CISD had $6.3 million less on the local rolls than the state.
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance at the NBISD. said that number is so close that an appeal isn’t necessary. He said the district could be looking a little more money for Tier ll programs, but as in any educational program, money is also based on student population growth.
“Our values will be right on what they say they are,” he said. "We don’t need to make an appeal.”
Abel Campos, finance director at CISD, said rises in student population and the overall rise in property values would be greater factors than the difference between local and state estimates. He said the CISD would likely not be affected much by this small difference.
A Labor Of Love
Huisache Grill more than just a restaurant
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Huisache Grill is more than a new restaurant. It’s historical building renovated with an intriguing modem design. It has truly unique menu. And it’s a labor of love — the love of owners Lynn and Don Forres.
The place seems to have a special energy about it. “Have you noticed, that when you come in here, everyone is smiling, the customers and the employees?” said Lynn.
The menu at the Huisache Grill is not typical for New Braunfels. Noticeably absent are burgers, sausage, barbecue. Instead are healthful dishes with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables and fruits, seafood and poultry, herbs and spices. “We didn’t advertise," said Lynn, “ there seemed to be a pent-up demand."
You can get chickcn-fncd steak at the Huisache, though. "We weren’t going to have it on the menu," said Don, “ but it’s the biggest seller.”
All of the concoctions on the Huisache menu are the products of the Forrcscs’ creativity and years of expertise. Both have extensive experience in the restaurant business. “We don’t have a chef," said Lynn,
"I’m well trained myself."
The Forreses use ideas and skills from their kitchen staff "I encourage people to try things,” said Lynn. The Forrcscs' attitude toward their restaurant and staff makes working there fun and fulfilling. "That's part of the energy here, the esprit,” said Lynn.
The Forrcscs are now in the process of developing a new Huisache menu. "We’ll take off the slow movers, try some new things," said Lynn. They plan to revise the menu every three month*. One factor in the menu selections are the fresh produce of the season. “We don’t want to get pricey. We
Chamber seeking new leader
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The building which is home to the Huisache Grill was built in the 1920s and was renovated before the restaurant opened.
want to keep it mid range,’' said Lynn Seeing the Huisache Grill's building is half the fun of going there. Tucked hack behind Lux Appliances its appearance is a surprise Anyone who appreciates beauty anti good design will love being in the Huisache.
The building and decor, too, arc labors of love for Lynn and IXm Forres The Huisache Gnll building itself was built in the 1920s as a shed. When the l oneses acquired it the floors were so uneven, “It was like the gravity house," said Lynn.
They stripped away carpet over concrete over wood floor before they poured the present concrete floor With another expert creative touch the Forreses scored the concrete to look like large ceramic tiles.
They have renovated downtown buildings as a hobby for years; 18 buildings, in fact. They do not swoop in and do a quick job then resell for profit. They chtxisc materials carefully, individually, creatively, and do installation themselves “It takes one to two years to finish a house," said Lynn, “When one or two houses get upgraded the whole neighborhood takes on a new look "
Their enjoyment in their hobby is evident. They love to describe from where each decor
item came many were gifts from friends and well-wishers. "Once people knew we were doing this they started driving up with things," said Lynn.
Mary Jane Nallcy, a partner in the Gristmill, gave the huisache tree as a gift. "Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank believed in us and gave us the financing,” she said.
The concept of the Huisache decor grew as gifts arrived and materials became available "It had a spirit of its own," said Lynn, “this isn’t how we envisioned it looking.” They made the tables themselves until two in the morning two days before the opening The "authentic” historical marker at the front door is a whimsical touch typical of the love and fun that went into every step of the Huisache.
lire FoiTeses’ business is definitely on the grow.
"We’ve purchased this building and the one in front where Lux is," said Don. They closed Monday on the purchase of the Lux Appliance Building. "We haven’t yet decided what plans we have for it," said Lynn.
“We’ve served over 20,(XX) meals already," said Don. Seventy percent of the customers arc repeat business Not a surprise
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a big transition. Tom Purdum will step down as chamber president after 30 accumulated years of service at the end of June.
Purdum has mixed feelings about leaving the chamber. "On the one hand it will be good to get away from the pressure and the stress of the job," said Purdum "But on the other hand I will miss the exciting aspects of working in community development."
The chamber’s board of directors N oted on how to select Purdum’s successor at their last meeting, said Chair of the Board Carter Casteel. The board will accept applications until April. "I think we will receive applications from all over," said Casteel. She said that she hoped Michael Meek would be among the applicants.
Chamber Executive Vice President Meek will indeed be one applicant for the chamber presidency. "I will have been here seven years with that goal in mind," said Meek. “That’s why I was hired "
The chamber’s executive committee will peruse all the applications and narrow the field down to a group of the most promising candidates. “We will then go to the full board with the top group," said Casteel. The chamber’s board of directors will make the final choice of a new president.
What will Meek be doing in the months ahead as the chamber deliberates over its choice? "All that I can do now is continue to do the job to the very best of my ability," he said.
Purdum has a consulting contract with the chamber until December 1995. He will advise the new president and case the transition "It is a nonexclusive contract," said Purdum. "I will be free to do other things.”
Purdum plans to keep New Braunfels as his home. "I love New Braunfels. My wife and family arc here," he said. Purdum does hope to do consulting work for other chambers
Atm leaders carry on fight for highway construction funding, efforts beginning to pay off
By CRAIG HAMMETT
City and county leaders continue to push for increased highway construction in both New Braunfels and Comal County. Last night at the City Municipal Building, they again asked state highway personnel for increased funding, especially on Interstate 35.
Efforts such as these are beginning to pay off. Several projects on 1-35, ong-
mally scheduled to begin four to ten years from now have been moved up by the state
“The highest priority continues lo be funding the six to eight lane widening project of 1-35," said Mayor Paul Fraser.
Local Texas Department of Transportation Engineer David Kopp said a portion of 1-35 at Schwab and P.ngcl Road to widen structures to six lanes begins this month.
Work will begin in August to start widening 1-35 lanes from the Guadalupe County line to Solnis Rd. Much of this work was originally scheduled in the 4-10 year Project Development Plan When projects are moved into the three-year plan, funding is secured and work on the projects can start
Other 1995 projects include widening Loop 337 to four lanes one mile from the railroad tracks to just north of
Common Street, scheduled to start in September. Also, the Lewis Creek bridge on FM 1863 is scheduled for 1995.
Fumier local TxDOT engineer Bobbie Hasert, who now is chairman of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee, called for the continuation of a loop around New Braunfels to help alleviate traffic problems in the growing southern section of town.
"There could also be a problem on
FM 1044 because most traffic will funnel north through Walnut Avenue," he said, especially after two-way access roads are converted to one-way.
Officials mentioned the ever-increasing traffic on State Hwy. 46, moving between New Braunfels and Seguin, and west through the county to U.S. Hwy. 281. Mayor Fraser said an average of 12,400 vehicles a day were headed west on Hwy. 46, a two-lane highway.For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144