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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In or 2 can water today after 7 Well users with addresses ending In 2 or 3 can water today after 8 NG Vol 149 No 157 14 pages in 2 sections June 27 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Plaza Diner sells San Antonio couple plans to serve Italian fare in downtown restaurant BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels residents once again will be able to sit inside the quaint little restaurant at Main Plaza and West San Antonio Street for a quick lunch or evening meal but the flavor of the food will be a lit tle different A San Antonio couple Jaime and Kathleen Joaquin bought the former Plaza Diner at 367 Main Plaza from owner Mark Lauer Monday and plan to open an Italian restaurant there by Aug 1 Lauer who owned the Plaza Diner for eight years Im thrilled They have excellent experience and its an excellent con cept I think people will be surprised at how creative and interesting its going to Mark Lauer former Plaza Diner owner closed the restaurant May 31 and put it and the building up for sale or lease Next to Chase Bank and Main Plaza Studio the Plaza Diner was a favorite lunchtime gathering place for several years But Lauer said ongoing problems with staffing and the lack of a tourist draw downtown led to his decision to close the restaurant Its extremely difficult to find help creativity dependability and he said The building was constructed in 1929 and the first floor of the building was converted to a restau rant in 1991 Lauer said The historic building including a secondfloor apartment has not yet been sold he said See CHRIS Mark Lauer is all smiles standing in front of the for sale or lease sign he put up on May 31 when he closed his Plaza Diner He sold the restaurant Monday to a couple planning to run an Italian restaurant there Residents debate littering solutions BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Some local residents said a proposed ordinance increasing littering fines up to would not be enough and sug gested New Braunfels City Council approve an allout alco hol ban on the Guadalupe Riv er New City Council unanimously approved Monday night the first reading of an ordinance that would create stiffer penalties for littering on public or private property with in the city The proposed ordinance would establish a minimum fine of and a maximum fine of if a person is found throwing dumping depositing or placing any litter trash or waste material on public or pri vate ground in the city Currently a city ordinance prohibits littering or dumping trash classifying the offenses as Class C misdemeanors But the fines range from a mini mum of to a maximum of The ordinance would have to pass three readings before becoming law Several residents voiced approval of the ordinance say ing it could help deter the amount of trash left along the city streets and in local rivers But others suggested that more drastic measures were needed John Landry said I have lived out on the Guadalupe Riv er for 17 years and the condi See Fireworks galore CHRIS Anne Stewart is embarking on her first venture into the fireworks business Stewart restocks her stand on Texas 46 constantly and is expecting a big rush starting Sunday as revelers prepare for the Fourth of July Possession and use of fireworks inside the city limits of New Braunfels are pro hibited City OKs enterprise zone in NB WATSON BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to create a second enterprise zone in the city despite requests from council members and residents to wait until more current information was available In a 61 vote council approved an ordinance nominating a mile area including part of the Farm toMarket 306 industrial area the West End area around Katy Street and an area south of Solms Road for the Texas Enterprise Zone Pro ject The program is administered through the Texas Department of Economic Development Councilwoman Juliet Watson voted against the ordinance citing concerns about pollution growth and tax abatements I dont like tax abatements when everyone else has to pay his or her she said Watson also suggest the city wait until the 2000 census data was available I think our demographics have she said It seems like we have plenty of jobs but we need people for those Jim Scheele director of eco nomic development with the Greater New Braunfels Area Chamber of Commerce said the area qualified for an enter prise zone because it met criteria for high unemployment and poverty levels Scheele said the nominated areas have an unemployment rate of percent and percent of residents in those areas live below the national poverty level based on 1990 Census data The enterprise zone program requires that at least 20 percent of the area live below the national poverty level and have at least a percent unemployment level In exchange for a company locating in the enterprise zone the city offers local incentives including tax abatements local sales tax refunds interest revenue bonds or a halfcent sales tax Scheele said the 2000 Census date would not be available until late next year Companies in the enterprise zone are required to provide jobs for economically disadvantaged people at least 25 percent of the employees have to be from the enterprise zone areas Local resident Cheryl Gilpin said the city needed to do other things to help economically dis advantaged residents We have residents in the West End who cant get jobs because they dont have transportation or they cant get child she said We need to provide transporta tion and child care so our needy residents can See Toddler dies after fall from truck FROM STAFF REPORTS SCHERTZ A 2yearold Austin boy died Sunday after he fell from a moving truck on Interstate 35 and was run over by one of the trucks rear wheels According to a news release prepared by Schertz Police Department the boy was a senger in a pickup truck driven southbound by his lather about Saturday Police Sgt Marc Bane report ed the boy fell out of the sengsrt side of truck and was run over by one of the rear wheels of the truck The child suffered major injuries in the accident police said includ ing a severed arm The boy was taken by heli copter to University Health Center in San Antonio where officials confirmed he died shortly before 11 Sunday gation although no charges had been filed Monday afternoon Schertz police would not release the mm of the driver or tip INSIDE SB Neighbors give crime sendoff BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels residents still can plan a going away party for some unwanted neighbors in time for this years National Night Out against Crime National Night Out Against Crime on Aug 1 is an annual event in which communities throw neighbor hood parties to show they have joined together to fight crime New Braunfels has adopted the theme give neighborhood crime and drugs a going away party for its National Night Out celebration this year and Assistant to the City Man Ferguson FOR MORE A National Night Out infor mation packet which includes a registration form is available at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell or by calling Don Ferguson at 6082100 ext 218 We want to stress to people that it is not too late to start planning their block Ferguson said Neighborhoods have until 5 July 25 to notify the citys safety commission of party plans A National Night Out information packet which includes a registration form is available at the New Braun fels Municipal Building 424 S Castell or by calling Ferguson at 6082100 ext 218 Neighbors helping neighbors is one of the keys to preventing crime in our Ferguson part in the National Night Out is a way to plant the seed for safer New Braunfels has participated in National Night Out for more than 10 years beginning with just a hand ful of block parties he said The ;