On December 12th City Councilmember Chris Monceballez asked the New Braunfels City Council to consider reviewing and updating the current City ordinance related to smoking. Areas for consideration included vaping technology, expansion of the locations
where smoking is prohibited indoors (in
an effort to broaden employee protection from second-hand smoke), and possible
smoking distance requirement from facility entrances.
Council unanimously agreed that a stakeholder workgroup
should be assembled to develop recommendations to the Council. This workgroup consists of Councilmember
Monceballez and representatives from local restaurants, bars and social
clubs/organizations. As part of the process, the workgroup is requesting public
The initial, organizational meeting reviewed the current
ordinance on Friday, December 30th.
At that time the workgroup scheduled a public input meeting for
Wednesday, January 18th at 3:00 p.m., at New Braunfels City Hall,
550 Landa Street.
“It is the intention of the workgroup to present final
recommendations to City Council in February or March of 2017,” said City
Attorney Valeria Acevedo. “We encourage
interested citizens to attend this meeting, provide comment and share their
opinions with the workgroup.”