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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Swimming results Canyon swimmers advance to Romantic flicks HZ movie critic Roy Hargrove has the picks for you NEW BRAUNFELS American Profile Norman Rockwell and his SUNDAY February 2001 42 pages in 4 sections 42 pages in 4 scctic HERALDZEITUNG 150 79 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Clearing the air CHRIS Skillets has an unused box of 58 ashtrays that the restaurant is not sure what to do with if Council gives final approval to an ordinance banning smoking in public places on Highlights The ban applies but is not limited to food establish not including outdoor patios all education insti tutions health nurs ing and convalescent homes buildings owned or occupied by politi cal subdivisions public restrooms Exemptions private residence bar where 51 percent of gross sales receipts are for the sale of tobacco shop hotel and motel rooms rented to guests nonprofit private clubs New Braunfels smoking ordinance up for final approval BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ A ban on smoking in public places has to dance one more tune with New Braunfels City Council members Council has to approve a new ordinance three times before it becomes The first nod for the ban came 8 when council vot ed 61 to approve the prohibi with Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Martinez offering the only negative vote against the As the news of an impending ban made its way through town in recent some of the businesses that would be effected by the ordinance have come up with a list of ques Nobody knows whats going on theres not enough infor mation coming one restaurant manager The break down between proponents and opponents of the legislation seems to teeter on side defines per Smokers rights non smokers rights These people are so angry that their owners dont have the right to the man ager If you own the you should be allowed to do whatever you want with But representatives of the health care profession have said no one is taking away a persons right to smoke theyre just limiting who has to be exposed to the When will it take and how will businesses be notified City Attorney Floyd who drafted the New Braun fels smoking ordinance at May or Stoney Williams said the city was not going to spring a new ordinance on businesses and then immedi ately crack the Well probably give warn See ashtrays Dont ash me BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer If New Braunfels City Council kicks cig arette smoking in public places in the ash Monday the garage sale market could be flooded with one product this spring Ashtrays come in all shapes and qualities upscale crystalline and the ImsureIhaveone heresomewhere aluminum Although council moved ashtrays to the endangered species many restaurants have not come up with a plan for One agitated restau rant employee said the ashtrays should be chucked at Another wondered whether the city would reimburse the Here are some ideas Adobe Cafe could send them home with employees A Skillets repre where a box of about 58 of the black beauties has not even been joked they could be sold as complete with council member River bed tax funds top agenda Drainage utility fee goes back before Council FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels City Coun cil will sift through an agen da Monday night that is filled with major such as river hotel occupancy tax and 4B sales tax expenditures and a pro posed drainage Council members also could cast their final votes on a ban on smoking in public places at the meet ing The group meets in the City Council Cham bers at the Municipal Build 424 at least two Council workshops could be sched uled Monday night One with the 4B whose direc tors want to define their role in the citys funding process and another with the GuadalupeBlanco River Drainage Fee The city has been studying how to charge a drainage util ity fee for more than a year and a and council will continue discussing the issue at the Council previously approved a nance that called for charging local residents and business es a monthly drainage utility In the Council delayed action on a resolu tion setting the fees while the city determined how to bill the In a letter to City Council City Manager Mike Shands tried to spell out the ins and outs of col lecting the The drainage ordinance that is in effect is the most Whats Up Who New Braunfels City Council What Regular meeting When Monday Where New Braunfels Municipal Council 424 Castell ambitious of any I can remember since we take in the ETJ of the city and include all properties with an improvement except for spe cific governmental exemp he wrote in a letter dated Keeping collection costs down while assessing a fee that would not be a hardship on the feepayer is one of the The logistics of collecting the fees increase the difficul ty of Shands Of the 13 taxing entities he identified in the drainage fee assessment Shands wrote that New Braunfels Utility contained a larger number of properties subject to the drainage ordinance than any other single But a List of pros and cons to tapping outside entities NBU or school districts or setting up a collection system through city revealed complications or problems with all A final option could be for the city to contract a private collection He also dissected fee sched ule which by law can not be based upon property Council is considering a system based on square footage of improved prop erties in New Braunfels See Departing Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major sits in his office for the last time CHRIS HeraldZeitimg Major changes ahead for superintendent BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer During his last board meeting with Comal Independent School Superintendent Jerry Major did something a little out of character for his public persona he told anecdotes and laughed with The way his righthand assistant Jeanie Mendez described that was just a glimpse of the funny and unas suming man she has known for sevenandahalf He just has such a great sense of Mendez Its so relax He just makes coming to work Major begins a new job Monday as superintendent of the Waco Independent School where he will begin work with a new secre tary named A string of phone cards and visits played like staccatos during his final week as administrative leader of the As her boss cleared his office Friday Mendez who worked longer with Major than the other four superintendents she worked for said the past week had been emotion See INSIDE Key Code 77 Nine missing Wter ocean collision HONOLULU AP The 35 people on board the 180 foot fishing vessel EJhime Maru heard a loud thump and felt a The lights went out and sea water flooded mixing with nox ious diesel fuej as a sub marine crashed into the hull from the depths of the Those who to the choppy 77degree waters to save their The 26 who made it crawled into auto matically inflated life rafts floating in a field of debris as their ship sank in feet of water 15 miles southeast of Pearl On Coast Guard and Navy search crews sought other survivors among the nine still includ ing three two teachers and four high school students whod taken the voy age to learn how to The said it was investigating what went wrong as the submarine practiced an emergency sur facing maneuver that put it on a collision course with the Japanese The National Transporta tion Safety Board is conduct ing a separate inquiry of how See Submarine collides with fishing boat On a submarine collided with a commercial fishing boat with 35 people aboard near Honolulu The submarine Is a nuclear powered Los Angeles attacK class armed with Tomahawk Heres IppH at the vessel Navy considers the backbone pf its submarine fleet Angeles class submarine Plslacgrnfini surlaced speed 8f Sources Military Analysis Network compiled fromAP wlra reports
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