New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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HOFFMAN LANE/From 1A
Karl’s Suite is a popular room at the Prince Solms Inn, the oldest continuously operated inn in Texas.PRINCE SO LM S/From 1A
to buy new linens and touch up the building with a little paint.
“We’ll keep it looking like it did in 1898,” Allyson said.
Prince Solm’s, the oldest continually operated inn in Texas, has several unique charactersitics.
The inn offers massages at the day spa, free rides to tubing outfitters and food and drinks at the Uptown Piano Bar.
For ghost lovers, it’s the place to stay in New Braunfels. Legend has it that around the turn of the century, a young woman came to the hotel to marry a young man. He never showed for the wedding. She worked at
funds from the state during the 2003-04 school year, and Nichols said not Filling some vacated positions will help the board to deal with that reality.
Nichols said Business Manager Abel Campos told board members that each teacher unit costs the district an average of $40,000. By eliminating 17 positions, the district would have saved approximately $680,000.
During the board meeting Thursday, however, trustees voted to reallocate five of those 17 teacher units.
Those five units will be distributed this way: Smithson Valley Middle School and Canyon High School each will receive 1.5 teacher units, Spring Branch Middle School and Canyon Middle School each will receive .5 teacher units, and Smithson Valley High School will receive one teacher unit.
By adding back five teacher units, the savings was reduced by $200,000. The adjusted reduction of 12 teacher units will save the school district $480,000.
Nichols said how each school decides to use the teacher units allotted to it will be determined by the school’s principal, and course offerings will be unaffected by the reduction.
“The basic reduction comes
the inn until her death, always hoping for the return of her long-lost Fiance.
One day, in the 1920s, legend has it that a man tied up his horse in front of the hotel. He went inside, headed directly to the top of the stairs, where he took the hand of the woman’s ghost — who was wearing a wedding dress — and walked off with her, never to be seen again. People outside the hotel saw the horse hitched up but did not see the man. The horse eventually was sold.
Since then, people at the inn have reported seeing a woman ghost in a wedding dress at the inn.
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heard a lot of complaints about the road since she took office Jan. I.
“I’ve had more calls about Hoffman Lane than anything,” Kennady said. “It’s one of the biggest problems I have in my precinct.” Kennady wants the entire road made a “no passing” zone and the speed limit lowered from 40 mph to 35 mph.
Those measures will help, she believes, but they will not offer a final solution. County Judge Danny Scheel
expressed concerns that the proposed steps would be ineffective because motorists would not be likely to obey the new rules — particularly a reduced speed limit on a straight, bumpy, rural mad.
“I just have a problem with setting a rule that most people will not follow,” Scheel said.
Hornseth said he would recommend the 35-mph speed limit.
“I’ve driven the road, and in my opinion, it’s not excessively slow, and its probably appro
priate considering the traffic and the existing conditions,” Hornseth said. “If we can make improvements, we may be able to increase it some.”
Ultimately, Kennady would like to see the county buy the right-of-way to regrade and widen the road, but she and Hornseth acknowledge that is a long-range goal.
“We have a great road right in front of the school. If we could have all of that road that way, it would solve most of our problems,” Kennady said.
Hornseth said the project would involve not just buying right-of-way, but burying utilities, blasting through limestone and filling other areas to try to smooth the road’s hilly nature, which was not a problem when the road was only sparsely traveled.
“As use changes and more and more people move into our county, we have to react to these situations. We hope we can do so in a timely manner,” Hornseth said.
from the secondary schools, where we average 25 students per class. We’re just going to increase that average to 27-and-a half students per class,” Nichols said. “So, if you had 150 students before, you’d have six classes. Now we’ll have five. We’re just going to stick two or three more students in the class and have fewer teachers. We’ll still have the same course offerings, but there will be more students in the classes.”
While the savings from the reduction in teacher units will help the district meet its 2003-04 needs, there are many questions the board must answer before it has a good grasp on next year’s budget, Nichols said.
“There are so many things that come into play. We’re looking into other areas where we can save. We’re looking into other income from the state. We need to know if we’ll be able to appeal Chapter 41 (Robin Hood),” Nichols said.
While some of those question won’t be answered until August, Nichols said the board hopes to have a clearer idea of just what the CISD budget shortfall will be in three or four weeks when the state Legislature informs the district exactly how much funding it will receive.
Up in smoke
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungA tour bus bound for Schlitterbahn makes an unscheduled stop Friday on Interstate 35. New Braunfels Fire * Department was called to the scene, which actually had more smoke than flame. While EMS examines some riders, others have a little fun waving to passersby from the bus.
interpret whether a problem month is a trend.
“Sales tax (revenues) are dependent on many factors that are all variable,” Pinto said.
Money lost during last year’s flood cannot be recouped. Not only can a flood wipe out
tourism dollars from the city's river-dependent attract ions, but also the global and local economic climates ain convince local consumers to keep money in their pockets.
Because of that, officials ait* concerned about the city's dependency on sales tax.
HOME HELP/From 1A
program could still be eligible for other HUD programs.
The community development office receives its grant money Jan. I, but since few have shown interest in the program, Davison said theres still plenty of money available.
Last year, only two New Braunfels residents took advantage of the aid.
She said residents must be unaware of the program, because the program is usually “very popular” in other communities.
“That’s the American dream,” she said.
Some people have asked about the program, but many have not qualified for the loans.
Davison said applicants should make sure their credit is clean. She said buying a home is a multistep process that most first-time buyers need help with.
Grant recipients are required to take a counsel
ing class to help them in making their decision to buy a home. The counseling includes information and tips on loans, insurance, home equity and how to eh<x>se and maintain a home.
Davison called the counseling part of the program an “entry-level" education to owning a home.
“Some people buy a house
One of the strongest voices against this dependence has been District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander. He made the original motion of intent to raise taxes 6 cents during a May budget meeting.
Alexander said property tax and sales tax revenue
completely unaware of the fact that they have to keep up that house,” Davison said.
She said first time homeowners also need help shopping around and learning what to look for.
The counseling gives recommendations on how to choose a home based on location and foundation.
Vela said the first-time
should be equal. Raising taxes in small increments doesn’t gain the city budget enough ground to keep up with expenses, he said.
“You can always depend on property taxes, you can’t always depend on sales tax,” Alexander said.
homeowners class was helpful, but she still needs her father to help her understand some real estate concepts. *
Still, she said the best part about buying her own home is her independence — being on her own and owning something of her own.
For information contact Davison at (830) 608-2100, ext. 225.
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