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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas >AV New FELS ?n3 32 MOH9 in/ S O - U E ST MI c RO PU 26 2 7 E YONI)I LL POSO, TX 22/nn 7) ■LL DP NC Herald-Zeitung -- Vol. 148, No. 241    26    pages    in    2    sections    October    22,    1999■I ________ Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsHummel Museum, facing foreclosure, seeks new lender By Heather Todd Staff Writer Officials with the Hummel Museum in New Braunfels said Thursday they were confident they would find another lender to keep the museum open and forestall a foreclosure sale scheduled Nov. 2. Since 1992, the museum, 199 Main Plaza, has housed one of the world’s largest collections of historical Hummel figurines on public display. The more than 1,500 figurines are based on the drawings of Sister M.I. Hummel, a Franciscan nun. In the past year, the museum faced financial difficulties, and in December 1998, officials announced the museum had a City board: Spend tax revenue for street work By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A city board agreed Thursday to recommend New Braunfels City Council authorize spending 48 percent of the sales tax revenue available for street and drainage projects. The $8 percent would fund four projects, totaling $228,000. The biggest ticket item, $145,000 worth of improvements to a drainage channel along Camellia Lane, would improve drainage problems for between 60 and 70 homes. “That’s a lot of bang for our buck,” Infrastructure Improvement Corporation treasurer Bill Mayo said. If approved by council, the four projects would use 22 percent of the fiscal year’s expected available sales tax revenue for street and drainage. The fiscal year runs from July ll, 1998, to June 30, 1999. As of August 31, the city has about $479,000 in sales tax revenue available. But Chet Lewis, the city’s chief financial officer, said he expected the city to receive about $1.04 million from sales tax revenue for street and drainage projects for the entire fiscal year. New Braunfels levies a 1.5 percent sales tax, which is divvied up between the general fund, the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation (4A board) and the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B board). The 4B board recommends how New Braunfels City Council should spend 1/4 of I percent of the sales tax. This portion the Infrastructure Improvement Corporation receives is divided up again, part going toward street and drainage projects and part going toward infrastructure projects. The board recommended Thursday that council also approve $120,000 for two pieces of equipment, which would fall under infrastructure expenditures. See TAX REVENUED long-term debt of $350,000 and might be forced to close its doors. Enough contributions and successful fund-raisers allowed the museum to stay open, but the museum recently was posted for foreclosure on a $313,546 note. John Lovett, Hummel Museum president, said the foreclosure note was a legal procedure to give museum officials more time to find another lender. “The building is not in in jeopardy. Chase Bank of Texas is the lender for the mortgage on the museum, and it has delayed the procedure for a year. We invited them to accelerate the process so we could take care of it this way.” Museum officials borrowed $600,000 in 1991 to buy the building but still owe more than $300,000 on the loan. Lovett said museum officials reached an agreement with Chase Bank to pass over the foreclosure sale to give board members the chance to find another lender. “What is going to happen now is one of two things. One, a group of local investors are going to buy the note from Chase Bank,” he said. The building also could be loaned to the museum as a donation by the group of individuals, he said. Fourteen members on the museum board were scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss their options. Past president Tom Purdum said museum officials would like to stay in the building on the Main Plaza, but the museum’s biggest expense was building overhead. “We don’t know whether we’ll be able to stay in the building. It’s an expensive building to stay in,” Purdum said. Lovett said the mortgage and a monthly payment to the county for its share of the building were the two major static costs of the museum. Comal County owns the back half of the building. Museum officials said a number of programs already have been initiated to help increase community awareness of the museum. Lovett said the museum offered art classes for local youth. Candles for peace WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Kolbe represents area law enforcement at Thursday’s candlelight vigil, conducted by the Comal County Women’s Center. About 60 people gathered to stand up against domestic violence. Community members unite to end domestic violence By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Their words tell a haunting story. “I didn’t like it when you slapped my mom.” “I feel sad when my parents break their promises.” “My dad kills people.” “We are afraid.” Those were just a few of the messages written by local children who are victims of domestic violence. At a candlelight vigil held by the Comal County Women’s Center Thursday night, community members were able to see first-hand the devastating effects of family violence. T-shirts decorated by victims echoed a message that the center WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Angela (right) and her son Jalen, 6, were among the domestic violence victims attending Thursday’s vigil, hopes the public will hear loud and clear. “The power to end domestic violence lies in a community effort,” said Daniel Perez, executive director of the women’s center. The purpose of the vigil was to remember those who have suffered and ultimately lost their lives to domestic violence, and also to give hope to those who are currently living in a violent situation and want to find a way out. About 60 community members gathered by candlelight at 7 p.m. at Landa Park pavilion 16 to hear presentations from staff'members, local law enforcement and others whose lives have been touched by violence. Chief Walt Meyers of the Garden Ridge Police Department urged residents to become more aware of the problem. See PEACE/5A “Not a lot of grown-ups come in with their wallets, but it brings the community in. There is a fee, and that helps us,” Lovett said. The museum also has a contract with the New Braunfels Christian Academy to offer art classes. Lovett said youth-oriented programs increased the museum’s ability to get grant funding. He also said board members were looking into expanding the museum’s exhibits to include other artists. In September, museum officials announced the Hummel Museum was shifting its focus to its most popular art collection — the historical Hummel figurines. NBISD candidates talk issues By Heather Todd Staff Writer District 5 candidates Sue Hahn and Jim Gabbard cited the future of education in local schools and the allocation of $75 million in bonds as the most important issues facing New Braunfels Independent School District in the year 2000. Hahn and Gabbard, who are vying for trustee Steve Weaver’s seat on the board in the Nov. 2 election, discussed issues such as school finance, raising student performance, and school safety during a candidate forum Thursday night. Early voting in the trustee election runs until Oct. 29. District patrons can vote from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, first floor, room 101, at IOO Main Plaza, or cast their ballots 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. The district is offering early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Education Center. The forum, which was sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters, also offered an informational session on 17 constitutional amendments up for voter approval Nov. 2. District 3 candidate Lee Edwards was declared elected to office Oct. 5 because he was running unopposed in the race. Edwards was not present at the candidate forum. He will not take office until after the Nov. 2 election. Gabbard, who has a daughter attending Seele Elementary School, called himself an “advocate for creative solutions” to save and earn the district money. Gabbard said the district should look See NBISD/5A GABBARD HAHN Family enjoying trip to ‘Candy Land’ ERIN MAGRUDER/Herald-Zeitung he Lindsey family (from left) Stephen, Anna, Sarah and athy, is spending the weekend in Hershey, Pa. The anyon Lake family won a trip to the home of Hershey andy bars when Anna’s contest entry was drawn.Contest entry lands Lindseys in Hershey By Erin Magruder Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Ifs every child’s dream. Boxes of chocolate and assorted sweets delivered right to the front door for an entire year. A magical trip to a fantasy park dedicated entirely to — you guessed it — chocolate. The dream is coming true for a Canyon Lake family that won a trip for four to HersheyPark and enough candy to make all of the kids in the neighborhood sick. Stephen and Kathy Lindsey will be traveling to Hershey, Pennsylvania this weekend with their daughters Anna, 5, and Sarah, 7. Anna won the first prize after sending in a postcard with answers from trivia questions that appeared on the Fox Family Channel. “I can’t imagine how many kids entered that contest,” Kathy Lindsey said. “You never expect to win something like this. I didn’t’ even believe the man when he called.” The trip will include air transportation, hotel accommodations at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, breakfast and dinner, car rental and 200 amusement park ride tickets. 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