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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD7 Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can only water with handheld hoses and buckets between 7 and 10 and 3 and 8 any day of the week Soaker hoses can only be used around foundations NG Vol 149 No 225 14 pages in 2 sections September 14 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trade show draws crowds BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The bustling scene at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce 12th Annual Business Trade Show looked like Halloween for grownups The event lasted from 10 to 6 on Wednesday Across the boothfilled room reach ing hands quickly filled up plastic bags looped around attendants arms with trade show booty like candy engraved cups and business cards With the pace that our citys grow ing we dont realize some of the busi nesses that have said Niesha Lingamfelter a New Braunfels Mid dle School language arts teacher who likes to shop locally when she can Its just an opportunity to see a great number of businesses Although she had not counted tick ets yet Chamber of Commerce Vice President Bonnie Tetrault thought this years trade show would be the most successful The Chamber of Commerce launched the trade show 12 years ago to help businesses get their message out A trade show committee reviews vendor input after each show to pin point areas that need to be changed See TRADE Show crowd K JESSIE SLATEEN HeraldZeitung Crowds gathered around the stage at the close of Wednesdays trade show hop ing their name would be drawn for the big cruise giveaway United Way ups ante Comal County 2000 fundraiser kicks off K JESSIE Honorary Chairman and guest speaker Herb Skoog right and President of the United Way of Comal County Jonathan Hull left gave board members a round of applause at Wednesday evenings kick off of the 2000 fundraiser BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor Nobody cares if you cant dance well get up and dance I invite all of you to get up and said Herb Skoog honorary chairman of the United Way of Comal County as he chal lenged United Way board mem bers staff and volunteers to meet this years goal of Last nights group met at the Landa Haus in Landa Park for the kick off meeting of the 2000 drive that will benefit 25 different agencies in Comal County The goal is higher than the goal we met last said Joe Rogers executive direc tor with the United Way of Comal County The needs of agencies have gone up as the population Rogers said The Community Service Center SOS Inc Food Bank and the Comal County Child Welfare Board are just some of the agen cies that benefit from the United Way Daniel Perez executive director of the Comal County Womens Center said the United Way helped the center in a number of ways The money they allocate help pay for what grants wont Perez said He said the funding helped with cash match es for grants and was used for services that included counseling for children and adults And it gives us a lot of agen cies to work with and gives the community a strong feeling of Perez said Kathryn Walker director of the Comal County Senior Citizen Center agreed It is vitally important in terms of financial support but also in bringing the community Those contributing to the Unit ed Way of Comal County are asked to remember the number 825 the United Way code num ber for Comal County It is a number that Sheryl Bremer and her associates at the WalMart Distribution Center know well Since 1994 the operations man ager has led the distribution cen ter in donating to the United Way with much of that going to Comal County Although the drive for the cen ter does not officially end until Friday the group of employees have already raised for the United Way WalMart matches our contri butions dollar for Bremer said She was honored at last See UNITED UNITED WAY BENEFICIARIES Adult Literacy Council American Red Cross Boy Scouts of America Bulverde Senior Center BulverdeSpring Branch Community Service Inc Canyon Lake Action Center Canyon Lake Community Youth Rec Center Comal County 4H Comal County Child Welfare Board Comal County Emergency Childrens Shelter Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation Comal County Womens Center Communities in Schools of Comal County Inc Community Council of South Central Texas Community Service Center Connection Family Outreach of Comal County Hill Country Mental Health Mental Retardation Services Homespun Lone Star Girl Scout Council New Braunfels Youth Sports Inc Retired Senior Volunteer Program Salvation Army Bank YMCA of Comal County Alcohol ban ordinance on to TABC BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The future of New Braunfels river alcohol ban now rests in the hands of the Texas Alco holic Beverage Commission New Braunfels City Council recently approved an ordinance banning alcohol on local rivers State law allows cities to ask the TABC to establish alcohol bans inside a central business In New Braunfels case the city is calling the rivers areas a central river business dis The proposed district covers the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and the Comal River between the Landa Park Drive Bridge and the Comals confluence witli the Guadalupe The ordinance bans the con sumption of alcohol and pos session of open alcoholic bev erage containers in the district The Texas Alcoholic Bever age Commission must issue an order implementing the ban before the citys ordinance becomes law City Attorney Floyd Akers took the request to the commission in Austin Wednesday A map of the area must accompany the request How ever the city is going one step further than that Were going to go ahead and submit two Akers said the required map and a zoning map The state law the city is using to create the district defines a central business district as a compact and contiguous geo graphical area of a municipali ty in which at least 90 percent of the land is used or zoned for commercial purposes and that is the area that has historically INPUT Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officials said the com mission probably will not consider New Braunfels alcohol ban ordinance until Oct 30 Input can be direct ed to general counsel Lou Bright at 3204 Written comments can be sent to Lou Bright at Box 13127 Austin TX 78711 been the primary location in the municipality where business has been Akers said he wanted the commission to see the zoning in the area A vast majority of it is com he said The zoning on the banks of the river extends into the middle of the river the same as with streets Akers said Zoning along the river includes resort commercial where Schlitter bahn is light industri al heavy industrial and resi dential Its got a mixed bag of zon Akers said The citys information also included a letter from Akers He said the letter described the reasoning behind the pro posed ban the behavior prob lems on the rivers The letter also described how the pro posed district area is unnaviga ble and used for tubing and kayaking TABCs general counsel will See County to adopt tax rate FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County Commissioners will set the county tax rate at court today Commissioners Court meets at The action agenda item pertaining to the tax rate is scheduled for 10 The tax rate for 2001 will be unchanged from this years cents per 100 valuation The coun ty tax on a home will remain at What has changed though are property tax assessments based on reappraisals by the Comal Appraisal District So many taxpayers will find their taxes going up next year The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 percent growth in the countys prop erty values during the past year Comal County commissioners adopted a million budget for 2001 on Aug 31 The 2001 county budget is up more than 8 percent from this past years million budget and includes increases for public safety courts and computer services The budget includes 3 percent pay raises for county employees 5 per cent for elected officials and 10 per cent raises for commissioners INSIDE Key Code 76 Rain fails to stave off sprinkling ban BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Tuesdays rains did not bring an automatic reprieve to New Braun fels residents struggling against regional watering restrictions Residents still must comply with a ban on water sprinklers said Gretchen Reuwer manager of cus tomer relations and communica tions for NBU Hand watering is allowed with hoses and buckets between 3 and 8 and 7 and New Braunfels implemented the sprinkler prohibition after the Edwards Aquifer Authority enact WATER RESTRICTIONS New Braunfels remains in Stage IV water restrictions with the exception that water sprin klers cannot be used at all Other restrictions are soaker hoses can only be used on foundations filling swimming pools is prohibited unless at least 30 percent of the water is from a source other than the Edwards Aquifer vehicle washing is allowed only at certified car wash facili ties swimming pools can only be drained for repairs and must be drained on lawns ed a 14day ban on the use of aquifer water in sprinkler systems The aquifer authority pointed to low flows from the Comal Springs as the reason for the ban The low flows jeopardize endangered species living in the springs See