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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 and after 7 Use of a handheld hose bucket drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day at any hour HERALDZE NG Vol 149 No 256 20 pages in 2 sections October 20 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents I feel sorry for the people who got tricked into thinking their problems could be solved with this alcohol ban I sort of expect ed Stoney Williams Mayor I dont give up I just dig the trench a little Robert Kendrlck City Councilman I respect his judgment but I think that those of us who work and live here have a clearer understanding of what needs to be Kathleen Krueger Citizens United to Save our Rivers Now it looks like this commit tee River Activities Committee is going to be even more impor tant than Michael Meek President Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce TABC staff balking at alcohol ban WHAT The three member Texas Alcoholic Bev erage Commis sion will meet WHEN Monday WHERE 5806 Mesa Drive Austin Attorneys letter advises denial BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels proposed alcohol ban on local rivers hit rough waters this week Lou Bright general counsel to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com mission plans to advise the commission Monday that it does not have the authority to approve the citys request to ban open alcoholic beverage containers within a central river business dis trict He explained his recommen dation in a letter this week The commission will consider the city councils request during a meeting Monday at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin Brights recommendation depends on the definition of a central busi ness district in the states alcohol laws For the reasons that follow I intend to advise my clients that they do not have the authority to approve this application because it does not properly identify the central busi ness district as that term is used in a section of the Texas Alcoholic Bev erage Brights letter said City Attorney Floyd Akers said the recommendation disappoints him especially since Akers said he spoke with Bright before the city began working toward an alcohol ban He said Bright assured him the See File Photo Tubers descended on the Comal River by the thousands over this past Labor Day weekend in New Braunfels The Comal River saw more tubing activity as a result of a low water flow in the Guadalupe River that weekend TABC STAFF SAYS Lou Bright general counsel to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission made the following points in a letter detailing what his advice to the commission will be the commission does not have the authority to approve the citys request because the city has not properly identi fied the central business district as defined in the states alcohol laws a central business district must be compact and contiguous and a fair argument can be made that the area the city designated is not at least 90 percent of the land in a central busi ness district must be used or zoned commer cial but Bright said he not beovp citys zoning extends into the bed of a river owned by the state even if the zoning does extend into the river the area of the cen tral business district that is zoned commercial does not constitute 90 percent of the whole Bright does not agree that the portions of the rivers in the pro posed central business district are used primarily for commercial purpos es and Bright also said he could not agree that the rivers are the areas where New Braunfels residents historically have transacted their business which is anoth er requirement in the law File Photo Visitors to the Guadalupe River during Labor Day weekend brought ice chests filled with alcoholic beverages River committee explores issues BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer As word spread that the citys proposed river alcohol ban hit a snag eyes turned toward the citys newly creat ed river activities committee The sevenmember group met for the first time Thursday as the possibility that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission may not approve the ban emerged Meanwhile some city offi cials said it was good that the council had appointed the committee to begin working on other solutions to the citys problems on local rivers The ban was proposed after local residents complained about problems with behavior nudity litter and other issues on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers We can take care of our Mayor Stoney Williams said We proved we can take care of our problems that last weekend this past summer with increased law The committee will explore the problems on the rivers and address the funding problems to increase law enforcement on the rivers he said See Council reacts to TABC general counsel recommendation BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Some New Braunfels city coun cil members expressed little sur prise at the news Thursday that the citys proposed river alcohol ban faces a challenge before the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com mission Lou Bright general counsel for the commission announced this week that he will advise the com mission that it does not have the authority to approve the citys request for an alcohol ban in a cen tral river business district He said the city has not proper ly identified the central business district as defined in the states alcohol laws Mayor Stoney Williams said that was the point he argued since the ban was first proposed Its common sense to read the rules of a central business district and see what they were trying to do would never ever comply and we can do this Williams said We dont have to go off to the state and have the state make rules for The city council unanimously approved a ban on consumption of alcohol and possession of open alcoholic beverage containers on portions of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers inside the city limits A petition signed by more than people in support of the ban prompted the action The ban was sent to the TABC for approval as required by law The ban was proposed inside a central business district State law defines a central business district as a compact and contiguous area in which at least 90 percent of the land is used or zoned com mercial The area also must be the location that has historically been the primary location where busi ness has been transacted If the council had not approved See INSIDE Key Code 76 Krauses set to close Saturday BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer Dishes already were flying out of the kitchen just before noon Thurs day and the lunchtime crowd at Krauses Caf6 was there in force With the telephone ringing constantly behind the counter the obviously flustered waitresses at the family style restaurant were having trouble digesting the news handed them that morning Cafe would be closing its doors Saturday maybe for good As one waitress struggled to ring up a customer waitress Man Boomgarden leaned over and said Were losin The staff around them nodded their heads in agreement Yeah losing it losing our jobs Although owners Glenn and Becky Chandler have had the restaurant up for sale it was not common knowl edge until Thursday morning that Krauses would be closing Many of the customers found out as they received a hug from their server when they came in or prepared to leave Other loyal customers were keeping the phone lines busy all ask ing the same question Is it true Dorothy Eickmann has worked for the Krauses for 52 years first for Eugene then his son Kermit She hopes the older couple will find a way to reopen the doors For now she is telling her customers that the cafe is closing and getting in a good bye with everyone she can 1 just love my customers just love to be among the waitress said Kermit and Mildred Krause opened Krauses Kale and Catering in 1959 after 10 years of catering from their home It had a regular menu of chili stew and soup and a special such as turkey and dressing Thursday for every day of the week Although they sold the business to the Chandlers in 1988 they still have See K JESSIE Waitress Kellie Kennard gives customers Rocky Farine left and Jim Milam the news of Krauses Cafes closing Thursday afternoon after the lunch rush
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