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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS DZE Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 and after 7 Use of handheld soaker hoses buckets or drip irrigation Is I allowed any time Vol 149 No 259 14 pages in 2 sections October 24 2000 Tf Serving Coma County sittee 50 cents Texas tempest spawns FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels is catching up with its yearto date rainfall totals with a low front pulling rain in from the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean but runoff could cause some flash flooding Tornadoes or tornadolike winds damaged cars a power station and tore the covering from a barn near Martindale on Monday Comal County officials warily watched rainfall to the west upstream of this area where there were reports of six or more inches of rain fall in some isolated locales Were wait ing to see what happens out fliere because their weather will affect what happens this Comal County dispatcher Gate McAl lister said The Army Corps of Engineers is telling us not to anticipate any real problems but were keeping close watch of it and keeping the deputies The Associated Press reported flood watches in Bandera Edwards Kerr Real and Val Verde counties Another three to five inches of rainfall were considered possible overnight in South Central Texas and the Hill Country Rain swelled the Guadalupe River Monday in Kerr County to 20 feet 8 feet above flood stage prompting major flood warnings for Hunt and Kerrville In Kendall County schools in Boerne and Comfort canceled classes after thunderstorms flooded lowlying county roads and water cross ings Floodwaters in some locations in Boerne were seven feet deep trapping some residents Boeme police reported Guadalupe River water is expected to raise MICHAEL Fidel Vasquez of Corpus Christ took advantage of a lull in the rainfall yesterday to drop a hook into Landa Lake Vasquez a con struction worker carries his tackle box wherever he travels TABC sinks alcohol ban Im not sure we have the authority to do what you want us to Allan Shivers TABC Chairman We dont want to be insensitive to what youre going Gail Madden TABC Commissioner Commission Resubmit proposed law K JESSIE New Braunfels City Attorney Floyd Akers stood at a podium addressed the TABC Monday in Austin Akers showed a video depicting alcoholrelated behavior problems on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers City seeks revised ban proposal Were sym pathetic to what youre trying to John T Steen Jr TABC Commissioner BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Councilman Robert Kendrick is not ready to give up on the proposed river alcohol ban The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission took no action Monday on the citys proposed alcohol ban inside a central river business district During Monday nights city council meeting Kendrick asked City Attorney Floyd Akers to draft a new proposal to the council that addresses the commis sions concerns Kendrick asked Akers to consult TABC General Counsel Lou Bright and try to work out what differences we have the area they felt needed clarifica We got a tremendous amount of moral support from the commission but no yes Kendrick said during Monday nights city council meeting The commissions inaction left some council members with questions See COUNCIL75A CABLE CAST Technical difficulties Monday night prevented the Time Warner Cable Co from airing part of the New Braunfels City Council meeting live on television However city staff said a tape of the meeting will be broadcast in its entirety at today on Channel 21 BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer AUSTIN The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com mission took no action Mon day on New Braunfels pro posed river alcohol ban But it was clear that the threemember commission was not ready to throw a life preserver to the drowning proposal to ban alcohol inside a central river busi ness district Im not sure that we have the authority to do what you want us to said Com mission Chairman Allan Shivers Jr Shivers said he wanted to be helpful but expressed concerns about the citys pro posal and whether it met the definition of a central busi ness district He offered TABC resources to help combat behavior problems on the riv er which drew cheers from the crowd of almost 60 peo ple that attended the meet ing in Austin TABC Commissioner John T Steen Jr suggested the city go back to the draw ing board City Attorney Floyd Akers said the city would be more than happy to do that and perhaps could withdraw its request and pur sue other avenues Howev er he said the city could not withdraw the request with out city council action In New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said he was not surprised by the com missions decision to take no action I never thought it would qualify as a central business district but regardless of that decision the city council is going to work together with the citizens to get control of the rowdy behavior We want to let our visitors know that if youre going to come to New Braunfels to get rowdy and break the law its not going to be Earlier this year Council man Robert Kendrick pro posed an alcohol ban within a central river business dis trict The ordinance he present ed to council was proposed under a portion of the states alcohol laws That law allows a city to establish a central business district and to ask the commission to prohibit possession of open alcoholic beverage containers and pub lic consumption of alcohol within the district The proposed district would include the Guadalupe River between the Gruene See Council tables landfill action BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A Guadalupe County Commission ers objections led to another delay Monday on a proposal for New Braun fels to acquire property for a landfill In early October the city council delayed action on a proposal from City Councilman Larry Alexander to acquire the property The delay was proposed to give all council members time to look at the land in question Alexander had asked the council to consider purchasing land within a half mile of the landfill the city uses Comal County Landfill at FarmtoMarket 1101 and Kohlenberg Lane The land being considered is at Kohlenberg and Schwarzlose roads in Guadalupe Coun ty Alexander proposed purchasing the land out of concern about the lifespan of the landfill the city uses He said he did not want the city to get back into the landfill business but to buy the land and later sell it or lease it to someone else to operate a landfill Alexander said during Mondays council meeting that if the city waits to plan for its future solid waste needs it will be caught with its pants I have proposed this to look to the he said But Precinct 3 Guadalupe County Commissioner Jim Wolverton said the county will fight the proposal He said a privately operated landfill already exists in the unincorporated area of Guadalupe County SeeLANDFILUfcA INSIDE Key Code 76 Wasser Strasse meeting set today FROM STAFF REPORTS A proposed New Braunfels river walk and waterbased trans portation system are the focus of a public meeting today NBGS International a sister company to Schlitterbahn Water park Resort is hosting the meet ing at noon today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St NBGS Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Henry recently received approval from the city council to develop a busi ness plan for the proposed Wass er Strasse or river walk and Transportainment system Under the proposal an approx imate twomile landscaped river WHATS UP NBGS International is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Wasser Strasse at noon today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St walk would be built along the Comal River from Landa Street to Garden Street The Transportainment System would be a type of waterride that would at least extend from the Garden Street exit on the Comal River across Schlitter bahn property and back to Prince Solms Park Bob Sohn former general manager for New Braunfels Util ities was named river walk pro ject director by NBGS The busi ness plan should be complete sometime this spring Todays meeting is the second public meeting NBGS has held concerning the proposed river walk The exact date and time for a planned third public meet ing have not yet been set How ever NBGS plans for the third meeting to be a walkthrough of the area in early December