Some extra help could come soon for New Braunfels’ struggling restaurant industry.
New Braunfels city leaders are devising a proposed ordinance that, if passed, would temporarily allow a portion of required onsite parking for restaurants to be used for outdoor dining areas or associated temporary food trucks.
City Council members are expected to consider a proposed ordinance during their Monday meeting.
In response to economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, city staff members are proposing an emergency ordinance that would allow restaurants to convert up to 40% of their off-street parking spaces for temporary dining and associated temporary food operations while maintaining social distancing.
Christopher Looney, the city’s planning and development services director, told council members during a meeting on Thursday that many restaurants are not utilizing all of their parking lot space as many of those businesses are under capacity restrictions.
“We had to wonder if there was an opportunity here to relieve some of the rules that might be unnecessary during the pandemic,” Looney said. “We think that might be a way that we could further assist with spurring the economy.”
Looney added that many people are starting to prefer dining outside if that option is available.
The proposal would also allow restaurants to use temporary food vendors and temporary kitchens associated with the subject restaurant in those onsite parking spaces while the ordinance is active. The intent is to not allow a rotating number of mobile food operations, but for the temporary food operations to serve as an extension of the restaurant.
If approved on Monday, city staff would develop a basic temporary outdoor dining permit for those restaurants who would like to participate. The permit would include a business owner’s commitment to remove the expanded outdoor dining area upon repeal of the ordinance by council members.
Also, during Monday’s meeting, council members are expected to consider the second and final reading adopting the proposed fiscal year 2020-2021 operating budget and tax rate.
Michael G. Short, New Braunfels Utilities Director of Water Services, will deliver a presentation on the construction of the North Kuehler Interceptor Project.
Garry Ford Jr., the city’s assistant public works director, will deliver a presentation on transportation projects and the New Braunfels transit study.
Looney will also speak to council members regarding possible improvements to the rules for truck stops in the city’s ordinances.
City Manager Robert Camareno will also present an update on the city’s response to COVID-19.
During Monday’s meeting, council members are also expected to:
• Consider a resolution accepting a donation to the New Braunfels Public Library from the estate of Ida Aprilla Hokanson.
• Consider a professional services agreement with HMT, Inc. to complete engineering services on Waterway Lane connecting Gruene Road and Common Street.
• Consider the city’s third-quarter investment report.
• Consider authorization for the city manager to execute a lease agreement with Hill Country Kart Club for 9.119 acres of land out of the JM Veramendi Survey No. 1, A-2, addressed as 3838 Loop 337.
Consider the issuance of an invitation for competitive sealed proposals for the construction of a stormwater treatment basin at the Headwaters at the Comal.
Consider a resolution approving the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation’s recommendation to enter into a professional services contract with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for a two-year period beginning Oct. 1.
Consider the first reading repealing and reenacting an ordinance as it relates to wastewater pretreatment requirements.
Consider an annual contract with Landscape Commander LLC to provide landscape maintenance services for undeveloped flood properties and right-of-way, on an as-needed basis.
Consider a contract with Heidi Abraham PLLC to support the city’s Emergency Medical Services Program with medical direction and pre-hospital provider services for the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Consider annual contracts with D & D Contractors, Intermountain Slurry Seal Inc., Concrete Enterprise, D & M Owens Inc., Fischer Construction Inc., Fuquay Inc., Lone Star Paving, MAC Inc., and Viking Construction Inc. to provide road construction work, on an as-needed basis.
Consider renewal of a service agreement with Westnet, Inc. for onsite maintenance, repair and technical support for the city’s fire stations alerting system.
Consider a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute a lease contract with TCF National Bank for the EZ-Go Textron Fleet Management GPS systems for the new golf cart fleet at the Landa Park Golf Course.
Consider authorization for the city manager to execute various sanitary sewer and temporary construction easements with New Braunfels Utilities pertaining to the North Kuehler Interceptor Project.
Consider a grant contract for the Routine Airport Maintenance Program through the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of up to $50,000 for eligible maintenance expenses.
Consider the second and final reading of an ordinance regarding the proposed rezoning of about 12.3 acres (10.7 acres out of A-608 SUR-21 J. Thompson and a 1.6-acre portion out of Lot 1R Schleicher Estates) currently addressed at 2919 Morningside Drive, east of the Vista Hills 2 Subdivision at the terminus of both Vista Parkways, from “R-1” Single-Family District to “R-1A-5.5” Single-Family Residential District (maximum of 4 acres) and “R-1A-4” Single-Family Small Lot Residential District (maximum of 8.5 acres).
Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of New Braunfels, Texas General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020.
Discuss and consider approval of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City of New Braunfels, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2020.
Discuss and consider the approval of the first reading of an ordinance establishing the number of positions in each classification in the New Braunfels Fire Department and Police Department.
Discuss and consider approval of a contract with Seidel Construction LLC for the construction of Fire Station nos. 2 and 3 as part of the 2019 Bond Program, including contingency in the amount of $11,382,783.
Discuss and consider approval of a resolution regarding a request from Comal County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. to expand their existing approved fee waivers (building permits and roadway impact) to include all land development fees (platting, zoning, and parkland dedication and development) for all of their future development projects within the city.
The agenda also includes time for residents to address council members in-person on issues and items of concerns not on this agenda.
Anyone wishing to provide communications to council members for something not on the agenda can do so before the meeting begins by using email at firstname.lastname@example.org, voicemail by calling 830-221-4299, or online at nbtexas.org/comment.
The emails, voicemails and messages will be distributed to council meetings prior to the meetings.
Monday’s council session begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at New Braunfels City Hall and via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85998252998.
The meeting will be televised live on Spectrum government access channel 21, AT&T access channel 99, and live-streamed at the city website, www.nbtexas.org.