Meet the local Community Impact team and 10 more things to know in New Braunfels this week, Jan. 8-12


With 2018 in full swing, a busy week lies ahead for the city of New Braunfels. Here are 11 events and happenings to be aware of.

First City Council meeting of 2018 is set for Jan. 8

The first New Braunfels City Council meeting of 2018 will take place Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 550 Landa St., New Braunfels.

In addition to proclaiming the 2017 Wassail Meister Champions, the New Braunfels City Council will hear presentations on membership and rental fees for New Braunfels’ new recreation center, Das Rec, as well as an update on downtown parking improvements.

Council will also discuss and consider approval of the 2017 Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan and the possibility of doubling paid parking at Prince Solms Park from $10 to $20 during tourist season.

Bond Advisory Committee to hold initial meeting Jan. 9

The 24-member Bond Advisory Committee will gather for the first time to begin a discussion on community projects that could be considered for a potential 2019 bond election. The meeting will take place Jan. 9 from 6-7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., in the Garden Rooms.

Learn about fly fishing on the second Tuesday of each month

On Jan. 9, the New Braunfels Fly Fisher’s Association will teach people how to tie flies for fly fishing and provide expert techniques of the sport. The free event will take place at the Fischer Park Nature Education Center, 1820 Old McQueeny Road, New Braunfels, and is open to anyone age 9 and older.

Meet the Community Impact Newspaper New Braunfels team Jan. 11

The community is invited to meet the Community Impact Newspaper New Braunfels team Jan. 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2tarts Bakery, 139 N. Castell Ave., Ste. 300, New Braunfels.

New Braunfels Utilities crews will begin removing downtown holiday lights

On Jan. 8, crews from NBU Electric will begin removing the holiday lights that are hung in and around the downtown main plaza. The crews will be working Jan. 8 and 10 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Drivers should expect delays, with roads leading to the plaza being reduced to a single lane. NBU Public Affairs Manager Gretchen Reuwer said drivers are urged to slow down and use caution or seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

Power outage scheduled for Preiss Heights neighborhood Jan. 11

Residents who live on Ervenberg Avenue, Edwards Boulevard and Mary Preiss Drive should expect a power outage from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11. The outage will be the result of New Braunfels Utilites equipment upgrades in which crews will transfer distribution lines to new poles in the area. Customers with questions about the work may contact the NBU Electric Division at 830-608-8873 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the NBU Control Center at 830-629-4628 after hours and on weekends.

Public encouraged to voice opinion on the New Braunfels comprehensive plan

The city of New Braunfels is working on the comprehensive plan that will steer the future of the city through 2030. A poll is currently open at that provides the public an opportunity to weigh in on the goals and strategies of nine areas outlined in the plan.

West Mill Street construction project continues

reconstruction project for West Mill Street from North Peach Avenue to North Live Oak Avenue began Jan. 2 and will continue through April. Motorists should expect minor delays and some temporary re-routing throughout the project.

Comal County Recycle Center still accepting holiday greenery

Comal County’s Moe Schwab Recycling Center, located at 281 Resource Drive, New Braunfels is accepting live holiday greenery, including Christmas trees and garland, through Jan. 20 at no cost.

New Braunfels Art League ‘Artist of the Year’ show on display through end of January

All of the 2017 Artist of the Year nominees’ work will be on display at the New Braunfels Art League, located at 239 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels through the end of the month. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Apply for University of County Government classes

All county residents are eligible to apply for Comal County’s sixth annual University of County Government. The 10-week course provides an overview of the role and function of county government, as well as tours of the jail, extension office and new Comal County Elections Center.

Classes begin March 13 and take place each Tuesday through May 15 from 6-9 p.m. The class is limited to 30 members, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested may apply at


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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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