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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas February 2001 HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A 1A ings to people at Akers Its not the type of thing we go out and really harass business Theres going to have to be a grace An ordinance cannot take full effect until 10 days after it has been published in a Akers estimated the ban on smoking in public places might take effect around March Residents can watch Monday nights final council vote on the issue on Channel What is considered a public place The ordinance bans smoking in public which are defined as any enclosed area that is open to or is used by the general or that is a place of That includes public restrooms and other It excludes private tobacco hotel and motel rooms that are rented to private clubs that are nonprofit and The ordinance requires owners of the public places to post nosmoking and sets fines of to for a first vio lation of the ordinance and fines of to for subsequent Do restaurant employees have to enforce it and what support would the city provide Akers said restaurant employees are not responsible for enforcing the The owners and operators of these businesses all they have to do is post a he They dont have to enforce They dont have to make their customer put it and 1A they dont to call the Of if they want to call the they The police officers will enforce the Businesses that made the public place list are required to post a sign in conspicuous City staff will draft the specifications for the which the ordinance says must clearly No smoking in English and Tf this is a sign that would be applied to all businesses well probably establish the standard what size the letters have to the and then let them actually blend it in with their City Manager Mike Shands The reaction At the first reading of the doctors testified before city council that secondhand smoke has caused deaths and the medical community has been out in force to support the By the second members of the tourism and entertainment industries came out to argue against the Weve heard some surprisingly a lot more people have been for Akers El Nopalito Manager Paula Valadez said she welcomed the safer air that a smoking ban could bring her and her co Its a great idea to have this Valadez Its a lot of and from what they its bad for your Another manager at a restaurant with a building design that makes it almost impossible to smoke outside said she had employees who were literally freaking Im going to have a lot of highstrung employees who are about to kill the manager And almost half of our evening business are Were going to have problems with Were going to take a lot of heat and have a lot of We already do when we tell them we dont serve Valadez said she would track sales to see if her business suf fered after the but she predicted things would not change I dont think were going to lose Valadez Most of the ones who come in here dont Theyre going to come back for the they wait to go outside and smoke a cigarette When drafting the ordinance Akers looked to other cities who have similar such as Fort Worth and in effect Since the New Braunfels ordi nance first aired in other cities have now tapped city officials for a copy of this towns proposed Akers not including vacant land or impervious cover such as parking lots and accessory buildings such as storage The proposed fee schedule would require single and mul tifamily residential to pay per month and all others pay on a square footage basis that ranges from per month for to per month for squarefeet and Some of the problems Shands identified with the proposed current fee sched ule were The charges do not take into account the true impacts of surface water runoff by not calculating land grades and slopes into the The plan does not rely on the amount of impervious cover instead it relied on square By that for a single story building would pay the same amount as a five sto ry the multi level building took up less space on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers management Three ordinances based on a list of recommendations by the New Braunfels River Activities Committee make their first appearance for Council consideration on The committee was formed for a threemonth stint to study and devise manage ment recommendations for Comal and Guadalupe river Council will consider the following ordinances related to river management an ordinance establish ing a standing River Activi ties Committee that would follow the management plans successes and and advise council about river issues an ordinance setting new permit fees and regulations for passenger The river committee recommend ed switching permit fees from a flat fee to per seat and an ordinance increasing parking fees in designated areas of Prince Solms Park East on Sundays and holidays from Easter weekend through Memorial Day weekend and all week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor 4B and hotel occupancy tax expenditures Council also will consider spending recommendations from the Infrastructure Improvement or 4B and the Hotel Occu pancy Tax Council members will con sider 4B board recommenda tions on how to spend of 4B sales tax mon Council can only accept or reject the The projects include the second part of an emergency communications system for the police and fire departments the completion of mobile data processing terminals for police squad cars a lighting project for Camp Comal Softball Fields new fields for the New Braunfels Little League and reconstruction of Becker Street The 4B board also recom mended the sale of mil lion in certificates of obliga tion to fund at least five major 1A Weve got quite a history going she Weve seen a lot of different several different board The first phone call of the was always a message Good Im headed There was always a message in the morning saying what cam pus he was stopping in to So thatll be strange coming in Monday and not seeing the red For his Major said he would miss the district he has helped lead during most of the It sure has been emo Major said Friday afternoon in the bare embrace of the office he was You get tied to Weve got a great a good bunch of kids so its hard to The move out was made a little easier because renova tions at the CISD central office routed him to a new office about When we moved the superintendents I really did a lot of cleaning out and purging of the files that I So this is not too he Of he has three or four boxes he has moved without opening several times collections of sentk mental items that will fol low him to At he said he hoped the move to Waco would be his last professional trans Mendez said she could sense something akin to excitement from her new At first he was trying to play it Mendez But this last I could see it was getting hard to do And its hard not to be excited for lies going to do great at The differences between WISD an urban school district and CISD which is spread across about 600 square miles and five counties are enor but Major says patrons in the two districts share one thing The desire to provide the best academ ic experience they can to Its 100 percent and 100 people want the best things for a good he Sweetheart to iometlitng itaffy ifitcla fen tlili cty aooliu aviangtmtnt fwm dVcua Jdtuiiij In zNix 6zosgSif crrofiaay ftfvtanijsnunli gyauablt Hard water Easy All Water Softeners are NOT Created Every feature on the Mark 100 is exclusive Culligan technology and designed to create a water softener that simply out performs any present and OFF INSTALLATION with purchase of a Culligan Water Softener System Not Valid with Any CALL TODAY 8303036426 The worlds source for flbetter TRUST THE Offer valid through March 37HC2M streets and drainage but council will not mull that over until a future The Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee recently submit ted a prioritized list of rec ommendations about how to spend about 19 percent of Hotel Occupancy Tax Members also recommend ed that council should create a standing HOT committee 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