New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Why not just have a wet-dry election and be done with it?” he said.
Rabon pointed out that licensed bars make it easier to enforce alcoholic beverage laws, because they give lawmen a place to concentrate their efforts.
Councilmeinber Betty Lou Rushing, looking at the statistics in her agenda folder, said there had been six violations of liquor laws filed here in the past year. “I don’t call that good control,” she said. Another council member told her it was, because the the violators were caught, weren’t they?
Rabon, hazarding a guess that most of those violations were filed against Texas Junction, said, “That establishment is no longer in business, because of the enforcement of the alcoholic beverage laws.”
Joe Rogers wanted to know how many people left the Crystal Chandelier drunk. Rabon said his club was inspected regularly by TABC official Louis Yeager, and patrolled by security officers from the Comal County Sheriffs Department. “I have yet to see them arrest anybody leaving,” he said.
“The picture I get from talking to people is that .starting at midnight, this town is full of drunk drivers," Rogers said.
Councilmember Barbara Tieken quoted from a letter from County Attorney Bill Reimer: “I know that some of my most aggravated cases (of public intoxication and driving while intoxicated) have come from late-night drinking establishments.”
Rabon and Whitworth also made some economic arguments. Rabon said closing at midnight, and I a.m. on Saturday, wouldn’t hurt his business in wintertime, except that "it kills New Year’s Eve,” he remarked. “I don’t know where you go to New Year’s parties, or if you go. But how many people do you think would pay $10 or $15 to come to a New Year’s party that’s going to end at 11:45?”
Summer is a different story, he added. With daylight savings tune in effect, and Comal County’s tourists busy with water sports until dusk, nightlife just doesn’t start very early.
“By the time you get off the river, take a shower, change clothes and get a bite to eat, it’s 10:30,” said Rabon. He doesn’t think people would pay a cover charge to dance for just over an hour. Basically, the early closing “puts us out of business,” he said.
Whitworth said his best crowd shows up between 10:30 and 11:30 p in. He has last call for drinks at 1:30 bar time,” which is 15 minutes ahead of real time, so that there’s plenty of time to get all alcohol off the tables by 2 a m.
"If there's any businessman in town that can afford to lose 14 hours or their best selling time and still turn a profit, you must have a terrific business,” he told the council.
Roy Krogsgaard, owner of the Fiddlin’ Cherokee, was also at the council meeting, but did not speak The Cherokee opened less than six weeks ago with a late-hours penult.
The new ordinance will have to be read twice more before it becomes law, and will probably undergo some changes upon second reading. City Attorney John Chunn had originally proposed letting existing 2 a m. penults run until their expiration dates, because he wasn’t sure whether the city had the authority to revoke a permit that’s been approved and paid for through the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission.
Since the agenda closed last week, Chunn has discovered that the city does indeed have this authority; and he thinks it would be fairer to set one effective date for everybody. That way. businesses whose permits have already expired won’t find themselves competing with bars who are still serving until 2 a.rn., he said.
liquor licenses, and late-hours permits, must be renewed every year. Chunn said the council might choose to set the effective date as late as a year from now, to "allow everybody to fully recoup the investment they’ve made." Bar owners who chose to renew late-hours permits within that year would do so with the full knowledge that those permits would be revoked on a specified date.
“I have no problem with that,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ijtverne Kberhard. But Barbara Tieken said she didn't want to wait that long
County in brief
Present: County Judge Fred Clark, Commissioners J.I. Evans, Monroe Wetz. Charles Mund, W.N (Bill,. George. Absent None
Vote for appraisal directors to Central Tax Appraisal District Board. Vote: Unanimous.
Summary: Gave 834 of court's total 996 votes to Arnold Moos, Sr. Remaining 162 votes given to George Erben
Consider approval of Lake Hill Estates.
Summary: Gave approval to subdivision subject to approval of water system and receipt of required bond.
Set holidays for 1984 fiscal year.
Summary Set following holidays for 1984 April 20 (Good Friday). May 28 (Memorial Day); July 4 (Independence Day); Sept 3 (Labor Day); Sept 24 (Comal County Fair Day); Nov 22 23 (Thanksgiving); Dec. 24-25 (Christmas); Dec 31-Jan. I, 1984 (New Yearsl.
Filing of proposed 1984 budget in County Clerk's office.
Summary Commissioners voted to file proposed budget of $6,218,089, for 30 days Budget includes 5 percent pay increase for clerks and deputies; $1,000 for Fischer Community Action Service Center; and salary to hire 4 deputies and one investigator for Sheriff s Department.
Approval for overtime for Court-at-Law Clerks' special project of entering court cases in computer. Vote: Unanimous.
Summary: Court cases must be entered by Jan I Commissioners put $1,600 cap on budget expenditure for overtime County Clerk to return to commissioners if amount exceeds that total
Two men were charged with criminal mischief after an incident at the Comal County Jail Sunday night.
Charles P. Chandler of San Antonio and Bruce G. Ayer of Austin were charged after they reportedly tore down the jail’s fire extinguisher.
According to Sheriff Walter Fellers, the fire extinguisher was the only part of the jail that was damaged. He estimated the damage cost to be $250-260.
Chandler and Ayer had been jailed Sunday during Wurstfest on intoxication charges.
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Amtrak announced that it would be returning luggage to its passengers. Bums said she would be getting her luggage sometime today. Since the derailment, she has had to wear some of her daughter-in-law’s clothes.
“She’s about 6 inches taller than I am,” Bums said, “so I’ve got these pants that are dragging on the floor.”
Bums said the accident would not keep her from riding trains. She will be returning to New Jersey on one later this week.
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PI and 141DWI arrests.
She said Wurstfest-related arrests totaled 301 this year. Broken down, that included 15 arrests for possession of marijuana, 13 for possession by a minor, 7 driving while license suspended, 6 for unlawfully carrying a weapon on licensed premises, 5 for disorderly conduct, 3 for making alcohol available to a minor, 9 for possession of drug paraphernalia, I for failure to identify, and I burglary of a habitation.
Comal County Sheriff Walter Fellers said 1983 offered “the best crowd ever at Wurstfest. There was less problems, less trouble, and the jail population last weekend didn't amount to anything,” he added.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety in San Marcos said Wurstfest-related DWI and traffic violation arrests in Hays County were down this year.
She also said a traffic fatality on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley early Saturday morning had “no connection with Wurstfest.”
Comal County DPS Sgt. Bob Holder also mentioned this year’s absence of any traffic fatalities. “In my seven years here, this is the second year in a row that DPS hasn’t had to work any traffic fatalities during Wurstfest,” he said. “I have no complaints about Wurstfest 1983. We arrested 88 DWI’s this year, and only 39 percent of those were Wurstfest-related.”
Police Chief Burney Boeck said Wurstfest 1983 was his lith as chief, and “the easiest one I’ve been through, as far as police problems go.”
City officer worked the fatal traffic accident last year that claimed a New Braunfels family of four on U.S Highway 81.
Traffic to and from the festival this year was somewhat alleviated by a shuttle van service from local hotels, and a daily park-and-ride bus service from San Antonio and Austin.
Purdum estimated about 2,500 persons used the service from Austin and San Antonio. “The problem was when we needed the buses most, we had trouble getting them — especially on weekends,” he added.
Purdum was very enthusiastic over the van service from hotels to the Wurstfest grounds. “There were no tickets involved for exact usage figures, but I can say the concept was very well-received.
“The bus transportation deal worked out fine for infancy. Even though we publicized it heavily, it seemed to catch on more toward the festival’s end," he added. “So we definitely have plans to fine-tune for next year.”
Other talk on future improvement has involved “more activities for the youth,” Fhirdum said. "The crowd quality has improved over the last five years, I think, and this year, was one of the most improved. A broader cross-section of ages was at this year’s festival, and we need to offer more for our youth.
“There were lots of refreshing comments, too,” Purdum added. “People were saying that Wurstfest is the best festival rn Texas, and that makes us all feel good.”
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of the candidates in the Democratic race. But said he has an edge over Krueger iii the election.
“In tile six years that he’s been running for the Senate, I’ve been working for the people of Texas,” Granun said “Krueger almost passed a gas bill, almost beat Tower,” Gramm said. “In Texas, almost won't get you anywhere.”
Graiiun said he is proud of his accomplishments in Washington. He co-authored the Gramm-Latta Budget, which mandated the spending reductions totalling $143 billion in fiscal years 1983-84 He was also a leader in the adoption of Reagan's three-year tax cut and the co-author of tile Bipartisan Recovery Budget of 1982 The adnumstration has cut interest rates and inflation rates, Gramm said.
“We have created 2.8 million new jobs in the private sector,” he said Inflation, he added, has been cut from 14.5 percent to 4 percent.
Graiiun blamed much of government spending not on established programs, such as defense, but on campaign promises Many new special interest programs are developed on the basis bf pron uses, which buy votes, and money is funneled into those projects, Graiiun said "We've got a deficit because spending money is popular,” he said On recent incidents involving national defense, Gramm said he supported Reagan’s decision to invade Grenada Americans in Grenada were under “virtual house arrest”, Gramm noted. There was also a “criminal element" on the island, he said - the prune minister had been executed.
“Because he (Reagan) acted, 1,000 Americans who were in jeopardy are not in jeopardy today,” Gramm said Gramm said Reagan’s popularity at election tune would affect his votes If the public accepts the president's programs as successful, some of that success would reflect on him.
“Clearly, the president being strong will be a lictor in this race,” Gramm said.
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