New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Keith KfaMmde
pages in two sections ■ Thursday, September 11,1997
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145, No. 216
Birthday wishas front the Hereftd-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mary Kenfc* Keith KMMnde, Dean Laird, Jackie New* banc Schmidt (I year), Alison Alvarez (5 yeanX Vim Rector, Cathy Tai-cot! and Jeremy Garcia.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Webbier (51 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
(Roto meouadn parts per abc meter of et. ttonteta patted by Dr. FterkHarpel) RIvbc IrvfofTiMtion
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday Edwafde Aquifer Pantier Canyon Wen — 625.47 feet above see tevei, up .04
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Canyon Dam discharge — 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 240 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.3 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBU reports pumping 6.024 mien gallons of surface waler Wednesday, and .521 rmion gallons of wen water were used.
—Partly cloudy Low in the mid 70s. Light wind.
Friday — Partly cloudy with isolated mainly afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. High in the mid 90s. Wind becoming southeast near 10 mph.
— Partly cloudy with isolated showers or thunderstorms. Low in the 60s. High in the 90s.
Monday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the 60s. High in the 90s
Today te an asana action day
Today is an ozone action day. People should do what they can to make the air cleaner, including avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by carpoolmg
lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 p.m. so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone.
Protect KISS MU moating
Proponents of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center (Project KISS) will have their fifth annual public meeting today at 7 p.m. at the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative s auditorium on Farm-to-Market 3159 For more information, contact Irish Wyatt at (830) 964-4488.
The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup will be Saturday Land-based, water and diving volunteers are needed Registration will be from 8;30 to 10:30 a m. at Double Rockin’
R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market Road 306. Volunteers are welcome to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park. For information, can 629-0939.
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By DAVID DEKUNOER
The day after lightning struck their home and caused a fire that severely damaged their house, the Arnold family took the first steps Wednesday to put their lives back together.
Robert Arnold and his wife Tina surveyed the damage in their home in the 900 block of Encino Drive.
The home caught fire at about 5:20 p.m. Monday when lightning from a fast-moving storm struck an outside utility panel. New Braunfels Fire Department officials said the fire spread to an inside utility panel and damaged the garage, living room, attic and kitchen.
Arnold said he realized he could not fight the fire with a garden hose, so he and his family saved the few items they could from their burning home.
‘We had an adjuster look through it and do a few
things," Arnold said. “He gave me an indication it is bad (for damage costs) ”
Arnold said he was not sure what he would do with his home.
“At this point I don’t know if they (insurance company) will condemn it or remodel it,” he said.
Arnold said his family was staying with friends in town and that the insurance company would give his family an allowance to let diem either stay in a condo or a house for the time being.
Trade show tear down
Tlw Haw Braunfels CMc Cantar lootead lite Grand Cantral Station Wadnaaday evening after the Greeter Naur Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Buelnooo Trade Shoer ended. Approximately 1,000 attended Wadnaaday^ show while pome 700 ware there Tuesday night for the sneak preview. Ranee Volta of Bigger Bangles won the grand prtaea drawing — a aaven-day cruise to Cancun,
Cozumel and Honduras. Here several people enter and exit the budding breaking down their exhibits.
NBISD approves 4.25-cent tax rate hike
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By DOOSE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees conducted a hearing Tuesday to get public input on a proposed tax rate increase of 4.25 cents, but none of the handful of members of the public present addressed the board.
The NBISD board set the maximum tax rate at $1.5075 last week, about a 2.9 percent increase The proposed rate broke down into a maintenance and operations tax rate of $ 1.245, an 8-cent increase over last year, and a debt service rate of 26.25 cents, a decrease of 3.75 cents.
Last month, the board approved the 1997-1998 budget with expenditures totaling $33,698,933, up $3,521,081.
— Lonme Curtis assistant superintendent for finance
With a tax rate of $ 1.5075, the district w ould soil have to take about $500,000 out of the fund balance, or the district’s savings account, to balance the budget.
•It’s not one of those tunes when someone can come hack and say we (Kissed more of a tax rate than we needed.” assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis told the board.
Curtis said the district's tax base was largely single-family residents, which means offering an additional $10,000 homestead exemption cuts into the total tax roll value.
He said that from the 1986-1987 school year to the 1997-1998 year, the district’s tax base only increased 40 percent while the local share.
the portion of the budget the state requires the district to fund. increased by 314.4 percent.
“We have to increase our tax rate just to keep up with the local share,” he said. “We’re actually having to do better with the money we do have.”
Curtis said the NBISD tax bill would be based on last year's values, and values assigned in January would not be used until next year’s budget.
He said the average home was valued at $71,101 last year. With a $5,000 exemption and a tax rate of S1.465. residents paid $968.38 rn taxes. This year, the average home was valued at $76,632. With the $ 15,000 exemption and a tax rate of 51.5075, the tax bill would drop to $929. IO, a decrease of $39.28 or 4 percent.
“In turn, even though the tax rate is increasing, ... the tax bill will be less,” Curtis said.
Board president Bette Spain said the fact that no one spoke to the board might not be bad.
“I think there’s more awareness out there, and more education.” Spain said.
The board will approve a tax rate at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
Arnold said it could take several months before he and his family could move back into their home or find a new one.
Arnold said he was thankful that the fire occurred during the daytime when his family was awake, instead of being asleep at night.
“It was a scary one,” he said “By the time the smoke alarm would have gone off (at night) we would have had one or two minutes to get out. It would have been close.”
Huisache owners eye downtown endeavor
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Bellenhausen, the latest downtown enterprise by Huisache Grill owners Don and Lynn Forres, will begin to take form this fall, the Forreses said Tuesday.
Set on the ground floor of the Adolph Holz building. or “Lux Appliance building” built in 1912 on San .Antonio Street, the bistro will offer light fare, coffees, wine. etc., with a unique atmosphere. Lynn Forres said.
“The name came from a favorite restaurant of ours in Mexico City called ‘Bellinghausen.’” Don Forres said. “It’s a made-up name ”
The Holz building’s top floor, originally planned for apartments, will be retail space. Lynn Forres said.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in the retail space because of the traffic count at the Huisache.” she said ‘Upscale retailers w ho hav e done well downtown are considering second projects there.”
Architectural drawings show Bellenhausen’s storefront facing San .Antonio Street will look much like the Greene .Antique Company , with tall window s and an awning.
The bistro’s interior will be furnished with antiques the Forreses have collected throughout their renovation projects.
“WTien you walk in, you'll have a sense that this place has been here for a long time.” Lynn Forres said
The dining, office and entertainment complex that started with the Huisache Grill and continues with Bellenhausen eventually will extend down the railroad tracks toward Coll Street, the Forreses said.
They acquired two buildings originally owned by the Tietze family — an old-family home and fachwerk house — from former owners Craig and Michelle Caiman. The Forreses are continuing restoration work that the Oatmans began.
The two buildings and their grounds, along with the Tietze cabinet shop, already Forres property. will be developed to expand the Huisache Grill, and ”... to have a compound w here you could have retail or offictng,” Lynn Forres said
.As with the Huisache Grill, the Forres seek not to anract tourists with their new developments, but satisfy a market that already exists within Comal County. Don Forres said.
“We really did this for the local community — there are enough customers here already," he said.
The Forres’ project could help break the ice for other entrepreneurs to renovate and develop downtown New Braunfels buildings, said Greater New
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Literacy program pairs volunteer tutors with students
By DENISE DZIUK
Im HMM Mors Effete Murillo hi Engttili M her home Wednesday afternoon. Hatch Iim tem tutoring for tour yam.
Learning to read even as an adult, takes the help of someone w ho is w illing to share time and talent. The Literacy Council and Adult Education and Literacy Co-op is providing that help.
Maggie Cunningham, director of the Literacy Council and the Adult Education and Literacy Co-op, said the co-op offers extensive one-on-one tutoring to boost students’ raiding levels so they are ready for a classroom situation.
The next step is basic education classes, where students can earn a General Education Diploma or take an English as a Second Language class.
Last year, the co-op served 405 individuals through the two local school districts, and 52 people earned GED*.
“So, we community extensively we can afford,” n i n g h a rn said.
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problems. She said literacy programs aimed not to pry into the lives of the students but to help them achieve tiieir goal of reading “We do not act in anflund of judgmental way. We just take them where
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor with Adult Education and Literacy Co-op can contact volunteer coordinator Vemeil Martinez al 625-9480. Each tutor to required to go through a framing session The next session to scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8. The deadttne to reserve a place to about a week in acfeance.
To sign up for English as a Second Language dam or General Education Diploma daises, or to get oneon-one 0heip from a tutor, cai the 629-2731,6206200 or (210) 946-6093.Student meets aviation pioneer — Page 7A;Hummel art collection goes on tour — Page 10A