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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas jtBb NewWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3 or 4 can water today before 9 a.m. and ■'fter 7 p.m. For information, call 608-8925HeRALD-Zki I UNG rn- m iiii. .in . u I'.v.Vi...uvi ZU Vol. 149 No. 236 16 pages in 2 sections September 27, 2000 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung For almost 20 years, Gerald Killen has come into The Original Barber Shop for a haircut. With its 50-year-old chairs and traditions just as old, it is a mixture of loyalty, convenience and good old-fashioned barbering. Wednesday Barbershop cuts its time in NB history By Dana Jones Herald-Zeitung correspondent Back when “I Like Ike” was the presidential campaign slogan of the day, Elijah Brown was giving men a close shave and maybe a new haircut. Back in the 1950s, men did not go to the ladies’ hair salon, and ladies were not allowed beyond the red, white and blue barber pole unless they were accompanying their little boys for their first haircuts. Through 12 presidential elections, Brown’s customers made themselves comfortable in one of the three barber’s chairs or one of the waiting chairs. They carried on political debates, expressed views, told jokes (some clean, some not) and requested the latest in men’s hairstyles. But after 45 years, the chairs are going cold. The Original Barber Shop next to Brauntex Theater in downtown New Braunfels will close the doors on Friday. “Brauntex is taking it over for the lobby,” Gail Hull said. She has been a barber at Brown’s shop for five years. “He put the store here. Originally it was on the other side of the street somewhere.” Brown, now 69, has been in ill health since June. Hull said Brauntex told Brown of the group’s intentions about one year ago but only recently finalized the closing date. Hull said the shop did between 30 and 40 cuts per day and one week before closing the shop was busy greeting long-established See BARBERSHOP/5A Carnival in Comal CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung People stand in line to get tickets for rides Tuesday night at the fair grounds. The Comal County Fair started Tuesday with the first night of the carnival. Read about Night in Old New Braunfels on Page 4A, and see the Comal County Fair entertainment schedule on page 4B. Inside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds................. ....5-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................ .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ....7-8A Today......................... .......2A Television...................... .......SA Key Code 76 Brookshire settlement available i i for review By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels could get most of what it wanted in a proposed settlement with Brookshire Homes, City Attorney Floyd Akers said. Scooter Store: 200 jobs for $2M By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The Scooter Store asked the New Braunfels Economic Development Corp. for a loan Tuesday that is larger than any the group has ever awarded. The Scooter Store asked for a $2 million loan that would be used to help construct a new building for what company officials described as a space-strapped business. In return, the company would create 200 new jobs. Then, the loan would be forgiven if the company created those jobs by Nov. 1,2003. The largest loan the economic development corp, has approved in its approximate 5-year life was for $198,000 to Simpson Race Products. Scooter Store officials asked the corporation’s board of directors to present the proposal to the city council at its next meeting. However, the board did not take any action on the request Tuesday. Instead, it scheduled a 5:30 p.m. meeting Monday to discuss the issue further. Scooter Store President Doug Harrison and Chief Financial Officer Tony Smith told the board that its space problems are curtailing the company’s growth. The Scooter Store is based in New Braunfels but has offices in other states. Overall, the number of Scooter Store employees has grown 1,076 percent over two years, Smith told the board. Locally, the number of New Braunfels residents employed by The Scooter Store has grown from 13 to 160, a 1,231 percent growth, Smith said. The Scooter Store employs more than 300 people locally. But Smith said the company’s growth slowed down in the last quarter. “We are very, very crowded,” Smith said. “We have no place to go.” Harrison agreed, and said, “We have had to throttle back growth for space reasons.” The company’s solution to this problem is to construction a sort of office park, Smith said. See SCOOTER/3 A The city council on Monday postponed action on the possible settlement until a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. IO, giving residents time to inspect the proposed agreement. Copies of the possible settlement agreement are available at the municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave. “We believe we have come to what is a fair agreement with all parties,” Akers told council Monday. Brookshire and the city have been involved in a legal battle for a number of months regarding Brookshire’s Meadow Creek development off Pahmeyer Road. The city said the homes the company was building violated city ordinance because they were not the same size, value, type and construction as other homes in the area. Brookshire sued the city in district court as a result of the dispute. A district judge granted Brookshire a restraining order that allowed the company to complete 12 homes already under construction. The proposed settlement agreement leaves those homes untouched. However, the remaining homes Brookshire plans to build in that area would have to meet certain conditions: • All future Meadow Creek homes would have two-car garages. See BROOKSHIRE/5A Other Action In other action Monday night, New Braunfels City Council: • Approved on final reading an ordinance that prohibits transporting animals in an unsafe manner and leaving animals in vehicles under dangerous circumstances. Violations of this ordinance are punishable by fines of up to $500; • Approved on second reading an ordinance designating the city's drainage system a public utility and creating two fees to support the drainage system. The ordinance must be approved once more before it becomes law; and • postponed selection of three members for the infrastructure improvement corp, board of directors. The board members will be selected following applicant interviews during a special council meeting on Oct. 10. Lindheimer muralist seeks tax funds By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The Historic Outdoor Art Gallery of New Braunfels hopes a mural of the “Father of Texas Botany” is completed in time for his 200th birthday in May. Wayne Rahe, president of the gallery’s board of directors, became the first person Tuesday to make a presentation to the city’s hotel occupancy tax committee for bed tax funds. Rahe’s organization is asking for $ 18,500 toward a total $45,050 mural of Ferdinand Lindheimer. Lindheimer was the first editor/publisher of what is now the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and is known as the “Father of Texas Botany.” “I really do feel it would be a big draw for bringing people into this community,” Rahe said. The Historic Outdoor Art Gallery focuses on the completion of historic murals that bring people to the community. “We kind of consider ourselves the bond between history and art,” Rahe said. Rahe’s organization already has completed one historic mural in downtown New Braunfels. That mural has exceeded the art gallery’s expectations, he said. “We’ve been amazed at how many people have been attracted into the community already,” Rahe said. The existing mural attracts tour buses and others, but he said it is hard to know exactly how many people visit the mural because it is outside and does not have restricted viewing hours. “This is a family-oriented type of project,” Rahe said. “It doesn’t know any seasons and it doesn’t know any hours. Also, he said it is one of the only “free things” to do in Comal County. See MURAL/3A Shot in the arm Lone Star Primary first-grader Kyle Dees gets a hepatitis shot with Nanette Burkhardt and Karon Preiss. In its second year, the volunteer program has had good success. Shots will be administered at Memorial Primary today.  , . ........,!■,    ll    w—    -T __ ;