New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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i. 1994 Staring Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of TRAVIS HOWARD, JR.
I Vol. 142, No. 135
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The New Braunfels Ait League is organizing ta Traffi and Treasure Sale.
ScholanhitM are available. Scheduled for June 17 and 18 a 239 W. San Antonio (downtown), proceeds will go toward helping renovate the building.
To ibid out more about vendor graces or to donate items for the sale, call Sharon Neuhaus at 625-6570 or Dottle Bagley at 625-5736.
Downtown Disco vary Days to bo hold
Tbs next Dowtown Discovery Days will be held May 20 and 21. Downtown New Braunfels mer-dants will oflbr specials and dis-
twodtyt. They will also ^courage viiiion to diaaover the Hummel Murom and attend tome of the many HunanelFest activities that will be taking plaoe.
For information on Downtown Discovery Days, call 625-1624.
Learn dances of the German alinit, like Dis Fenster, Drei Ledeme Strumpf, the Garden Waltz and others at Gentian dance classes.
Instructors will be members of the New Braunfels German Folk Canoe Club. Coat will be Thursday evenings torn 7 pm. to 8:30 pm, starting May 19 (today). Minimum age is 14, and a partner is required. Cell 606-0844 to sign up.
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beginning Ame 6, will be held at 8 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Olympic Pool in Lands Park. Call Nadya Lcfamam at 625-9295.
The senior center is also offering ongoing aqua aerobics classes. Scheduled classes are flora 8: IS am. to 9:15 am. and 9:30 un. to 10:30 am. Tuesday and Thursday.
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Lafarge to sell plant to Mexico’s Cemex
By MARK LYON
Laferge Corporation announced yesterday its intent to sell its New Braunfels’ Balcones plant and four related cement terminals as well as 52 pereent interest in Parker Lafarge Inc. for qjprox* imately $100 million to Sunbelt Acquisitions Inc., according to Hal Bartlett, Laferge's Balcone! plant manager.
Sunbelt is a subsidiary of Cemex, SA of Monterrey, Mexico, th* country's largest cement producer and fourth largest in the world. Included in the deal are cement storage silos in Fort Worth, Tyler, Katy and Houston.
“They’re a very competent company in our industry,** said Bartlett said of Cemex. "They have bufo themselves a pretty impressive reputation and are very competitive in the South Texas market**
Bartlett said that the letter of intent included a
New Braunfels plant, four storage silos, 52% interest in Parker Lafarge sell for $100 million
stipulation ailing for all current employees, about 87, to remain in their positions through the transition. However, Bartlett added that it was not a binding agreement and that Cemex would have the final My.
Bartlett saki company officials gathered all the plants emptoyeea together yesterday morning to break the news.
"We pulled them together and told them what was going on,* he said. "We wanted to assure them of our interests in their future."
Bartlett said employees were concerned with their continued employment.
"They asked some very good questions," Bartlett said. "They wanted to know if they are going to keep their jobs. We assured them that we
would do everything we could to make sure they keep their jobs."
Bartlett said the decision by Laferge to sell its New Braunfels plants and four other Texas locations was based on stiff competition in its Texas markets and its attempt to solidify already established markets near waterways in the eastern U.S. *
"We've got tough competition in our two main markets here in Texas," Bartlett said. "And our location here in New Braunfels does not allow us to compete fairly in those markets (Dallas and Houston) when competing companies are located very close to those markets. We also wanted to strengthen ourselves in markets we are already positioned in."
In a separate deal, Cemex sold a cement storage silo to Laferge for SII million, Bartlett said.
Bartlett said that Cemex's purchase of the Ne^ Braunfels plant marked the fins manufecturing facility in the United States for that company, which also has plant locations in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain. Cemex acquired a Venezuelan cement manufecturing fedlity in March from Compania Veneolana de Cementos SA, the leading cement producer in Venezuela.
Deadline for the Laferge IMe ii Aug. 31,1994, Bartlett said. The rale it pending government approval and other contractual requirements.
Bartlett said the North American Free Trade Agreement played no part in the deal.
"NAFTA never entered the picture," he said. In fact, Cemex will be tble to forego a tough tariff by their purchase of the New Braunfels plant. With a location in South Texas, they can produce and distribute in the United States without paying the tariff."
HvatfJMung photo by JOHN HUSETH Qty Councilman Butch Benitez (felt) and Chary! Scott of the Sate City Comnteelon tate wilt members of teat night's audience about keeping local nelghborhooda i
West side residents voice concerns over appraisals, neighborhood crime
HersM-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Lait night's crowd of about SO citizens expressed concern over property values and neighborhood crime.
By CBAK* HAMMETT
About SO people met at the Lone Star Cafeteria Wednesday evening to discuss their property appraisals, and crime in their neighborhood.
Lynn Rodgers of the Comal County Appraisal District answered numerous questions regarding average increases in property values among redder*! of the Wert Side.
Many residents were oonoemed th* appraisals had risen 21 percent after an article in the HeraU-Zeitung picked five homes in the area and averaged their appraisal increases.
Rodgen said the figure was high due to one or two houses that had greatly raised their appraisal value. Still, an 8% percent increase was noted city-wide and in the we* side area.
Residents were concerned, however, th* the appraised value of their homes differed greatly from the mark* value, wh* they could sell the home for.
"We cannot find qualified buyers to buy the homes for the market value assessed,” said Commissioner Cristina Zamora.
Oth* residents said taxes in the area are increasing and hurt many older residents who no longer work.
"There is a problem we have around
here,” said Henry Munoz, "There are 14 or 15 little homes around my neighborhood. We pay more taxes than some who live up in the hills."
Rodgers said the CCAD tries to keep appraisals near the market value. lf residents feel their appraisals are too high, they can take their complaint to the appraisal office and can also look * values of other homes in the area.
Should residents still not be satisfied, they can take their case to the local Appraisal Review Board and try to get their values lowered, which in turn normally means low* taxes.
"We’re not going to make arbitrary changes,” said Rodgers. “We’re going to take a look at it. You do have the right to go to the Appraisal Review Board.”
Rodgers said his office looks at many factors in determining value. While appraisals have gone up areawide, the market value is alro in much better shape, he said. He added his office has no control on the market value of a home, just the appraised value.
”We are in a much better market today than in the past several years,” he said ‘‘...We have to be at mark* value by Jan. I. What it is selling for, that is the market value.”
Also * the meeting, residents discussed crime in the neighborhood and efforts to improve the Eikel Field.
Cheryl Scott of the Safe City Commission told residents that they needed to form a Neighborhood Watch program to help fight crime.
"Neighborhood Watch works
because my neighborhood got organized and we don't have the problems anymore,” she said.
Mayor Pro Tem Ambroao "Butch” Benitez aid residents need to take the initiative and help police efforts to control crime.
‘‘Somebody has to come forth and take the initi*ive,” he said. "...When it comes down to pressing charges, a lot of folks say ‘No, we don't want to."*
Efforts to improve parks like Eikel Field will not do any good unless criminals and rowdies are kept away from areas where children can play safely.
“What’s going to happen if we make improvements?” said Victoria Robledo. “The people are not going to use them because they are scared ”
Drive to express herself brings Chaute Mazy to New Braunfels
By JPBttFin HOMED.
The drive to be able to express lter-self in h* work is wh* brought Chaute Mazy to New Braunfels to serve as executive director of the Comal County Women’s Center.
The Board of Directors of the Comal County Women's Center recently selected Mazy as executive director. She began working on May 2 and is excited about the chance to be part of a growing agency.
“I am overwhelmed about wh* I have learned about the capital campaign,” Mid Mazy. "I was surprised about how many people really put their financial support toward making this movement in the community.
"I feel very fortunate to become a part of this organization during such a growth RMit," Mazy said. The results of the capital campaign and the new shelter in program definitely qreak for the level of commitment the people of this community have for the battered women's movement.
I have much respect for the hard work th* went into this effort."
Mazy sees many needs for the Comal County Women’s Cen-
She hopes to OMA* May
use the momentum of the capital campaign to make positive additions to the organization.
"Right now, the board wants me to concentrate on getting my fort on the ground. We want to be really good * providing the services we already have. I have been working with the Texas Council on Family Violence. When it ii time to branch out, I know the council will assi* us with applying for grants and tiring resources,” she said.
Mazy explained her philosophy in stopping femily violence is to work
with the source. She told the story of a rim in which babies were being thrown down a waterfall and drowning. One person was in the river teaching the children how to tread water, one person was dragging the babies to shore and one woman walked by the rim without helping *•11.
Mazy said soon no more babies were being dropped in the river because the woman who had walked by the river had stopped the person who was throwing the babies in the water.
"Part of wh* we are doing is teaching people to cope and how to get out. We are not yet * the source of battering by working with the men and working toward ending femily violence,” she said. “I want us to be th* woman who stops the children from falling in the rim."
Mazy said her fir* priority is to establish and maintain the quality of services currently provided, but she does have a vision for the Alture.
"I would like us to offer a batterer* s program, play therapy for children and expanded counseling services,” she said. "Providing both coping and prevention skills would allow us to address *1 sides of the family violence cycle."
Mazy said her predecessor planted the seeds for success * the center "My predecessor re*ly planted a seed. I am inheriting the fruit of that.
I will cherish and honor the fruit of th* seed. I am honored the board has entrusted me with the fruit of their efforts,” she said.
Before moving to Comal County, Mazy worked in Jacksonville where she provided psychological services to dual-diagnosed men with mental retardation and mental illnesses for the Lufkin State School "These men taught me about oppression and discrimination and th* one can gracefully ‘live* in the mid* of th* environment,” said Mazy.
Mazy volunteered and worked for
Denton County Friends of the Family throughout graduate school. In 1990, she was named Denton County Friends of the Family Volunteer of the Year.
Mazy has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stephen F. Austin State Univ*-sity.
During her graduate internship Mazy served as an in-home femily service provider working with people targeted by Child Protective Services as *-risk of having their parental rights terminated.
She *so worked * the DCFOF shelter as a staff member Her responsibilities included providing inform* counseling to clients, intake procedures and serving as a liaison between shelter residents and other community resources.
Mazy, 28, and her husband D’Wiyne, who is an arri*, live in New Braunfels.
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