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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas IiiN EWdBR^NFELSHerald-7 Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers can only water with hand-held hoses and buckets between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. any day of the week. Soaker hoses can only be used around foundations. NG —.- ,  —,...      ,— Vol. 149 No. ZZ5 14 pages in 2 sections September 14, 2000 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Trade show draws crowds By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The bustling scene at the Greater New Braunfels C hamber of Commerce 12th Annual Business Trade Show looked like Halloweefi for grown-ups. The event lasted from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Across the booth-filled room, reaching hands quickly filled up plastic bags looped around attendants’ amis with trade show booty like candy, engraved cups and business cards. “With the pace that our city’s growing, we don’t realize some of the businesses that have come,” said Niesha Lingamfelter, a New Braunfels Middle School language arts teacher who likes to shop locally when she can. “It’s just an opportunity to see a great number of businesses quickly.” Although she had not counted tick ets yet. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Bonnie Tetrault thought this year’s trade show would be the most successful. The Chamber of Commerce launched the trade show 12 years ago to help businesses get their message out. A trade show committee review s vendor input after each show to pinpoint areas that need to be changed. See TRADE SHOW/8A Show crowd K. JESSIE SLATTEN Herald-Zeltung Crowds gathered around the stage at the close of Wednesday’s trade show hoping their name would be drawn for the big cruise give-away. United Way ups ante Comal County 2000 fund-raiser kicks off Alcohol ban ordinance on to TABCUnited Way Beneficiaries mu K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Honorary Chairman and guest speaker Herb Skoog (right) and President of the United Way of Comal County, Jonathan Hull (left) gave board members a round of applause at Wednesday evening’s kickoff of the 2000 fund-raiser. Betty Taylor Features Editor “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well just get up and dance. I invite all of you to get up and dance,” said Herb Skoog, honorary chairman of the United Way of Comal County as he challenged I nited Way board members, staff and volunteers to meet this year’s goal of $435,704. Last night’s group met at the banda Haus in banda Park for the kickoff meeting of the 2000 drive that w ill benefit 25 different agencies in Comal County. “The goal is $10,000 higher than the goal we met last year,” said Joe Rogers, executive director w ith the United Way of Comal County. “The needs of agencies have gone up as the population increases,” Rogers said. The Community Service Center, SOS Inc. Food Bank and the Comal County Child Welfare Board are just some of the agencies that benefit from the United Way. Daniel Perez, executive director of the Comal County Women’s Center, said the United Way helped the center in a number of ways. “The money they allocate help pay for what grants won’t cover,” Perez said. He said the funding helped w ith cash matches for grants and was used for services that included counseling for children and adults. “And it gives us a lot of agencies to work with and gives the community a strong feeling of togetherness,” Perez said. Kathryn Walker, director of the Comal County Senior Citizen Center, agreed. “It is vitally important in terms of financial support, but also in bringing the community together.” Those contributing to the United Way of Comal County are asked to remember the number 825, the United Way code number for Comal County. It is a number that Sheryl Bremer and her associates at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center know well. Since 1994, the operations manager has led the distribution center in donating $340,000 to the United Way, w ith much of that going to Comal County. Although the drive for the center does not officially end until Friday, the group of employees have already raised $ 101 .OOO for the United Way. “Wal-Mart matches our contributions dollar for dollar.” Bremer said. She was honored at lastSee UNITED WAY/8A Adult Literacy Council    $2,750 American Red Cross    $11,000 Boy Scouts of America    $10,000 Bulverde Senior Center    $13,000 Bulverde-Spring Branch Community Service, Inc.    $13,000 Canyon Lake Action Center $30,000 Canyon Lake Community Youth Rec Center    $10,000 Comal County 4-H    $4,000 Comal County Child Welfare Board    $4,000 Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter    $23,000 Comal County Senior Citizen's Foundation    $22,000 Comal County Women's Center    $20,000 Communities in Schools of Comal County, Inc.    $20,000 Community Council of South Central Texas    $13,000 $44,000 $12,500 $10,800 Community Service Center Connection Family Outreach of Comal County Hill Country Mental Health & Mental Retardation Services $25,000 Homespun    $17,000 Lone Star Girl Scout Council $7,000 New Braunfels Youth Sports, Inc, $20,000 Retired & Senior Volunteer Program    $7,000 Salvation Army    $10,000 S.O.S., Inc.-Food Bank $9,000 YMCA of Comal County $7,500 By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The future of New Braunfels’ river alcohol ban now rests in the hands of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. New Braunf els City Council recently approved an ordinance banning alcohol on local rivers. State law allows cities to ask the TABC to establish alcohol bans inside “ a central business district.” In New Braunfels case, the city is calling tile rivers areas a “central liver business district.” The proposed district covers the Guadalupe Ricer between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and the Comal River between the Landa Park Drive Bridge and the Comal’s confluence w ith the Guadalupe. The ordinance bans the consumption of alcohol and possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in the district. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission must issue an order implementing the ban before the city's ordinance becomes law. C ity Attorney Floyd Akers took the request to the commission in Austin Wednesday. A map of the area must accompany the request. I low-ever, the city is going one step further than that. “We’re going to go ahead and submit two maps,” Akers said, the required map and a zoning map. The state law the city is using to create the district defines a central business district as a “compact and contiguous geographical area of a municipality in which at least 90 percent of the land is used or zoned for commercial purposes and that is the area that has historicallyInput • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officials said the commission probably will not consider New Braunfels’ alcohol ban ordinance until Oct. 30. • Input can be directed to general counsel Lou Bright at (512) 206-3204. • Written comments can be sent to Lou Bright at RO. Box 13127. Austin, TX 78711. been the primary location in the municipality where business has been transacted.” Akers said he wanted the commission to see the zoning in the area. “A vast majority of it is commercial,” he said. The zoning on the banks of the river extends into the middle of the river, the same as with streets, Akers said. Zoning along the river includes resort commercial (where Schlitter-bahn is located), light industrial, heavy industrial and residential. “It’s got a mixed bag of zoning,” Akers said. The city’s information also included a letter from Akers. He said the letter described the reasoning behind the promised ban the behavior problems on the rivers. The letter also described how the proposed district area is unnavigable and used for tubing and kayaking. TABC’s general counsel w illSee TABC/8A County to adopt tax rate From staff reports Comal ( ounty Commissioners will set the county tax rate at court today. Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m.. The action agenda item pertaining to the tax rate is scheduled for IO a m. The tax rate for 2001 will be unchanged from this year’s 32.4 cents per $100 valuation. The county tax on a $75,000 home will remain at $240. What has changed, though, are property tax assessments based on reappraisals by the Comal Appraisal District. So many taxpayers will find their taxes going up next year. The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 percent growth in the county’s property values during the past year. Comal County commissioners adopted a $19 million budget for 2001 on Aug. 31 The 2001 county budget is up more than 8 percent from this past year’s $17.5 million budget and includes increases for public safety, courts and computer services. The budget includes 3 percent pay raises for county employees, 5 percent for elected officials and IO percent raises for commissioners. 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Hand watering is allowed with hoses and buckets between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and IO p.m. New Braunfels implemented the sprinkler prohibition after the Edwards Aquifer Authority enact- Water Restrictions New Braunfels remains in Stage IV water restrictions, with the exception that water sprinklers cannot be used at all. Other restrictions are: • soaker hoses can only be used on foundations; • filling swimming pools is prohibited unless at least 30 ed a 14-day ban on the use of aquifer water in sprinkler systems. The aquifer authority pointed to low flow s from the Comal Springs percent of the water is from a source other than the Edwards Aquifer; • vehicle washing is allowed only at certified car wash facilities; • swimming pools can only be drained for repairs and must be drained on lawns. as the reason for the ban. The low flows jeopardize endangered species living in the springs. See RAIN/8Aiz a ;