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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 mm  ■ü  CANYON LAKE HAWKS LOOK HOT IN GRID PRACTICE SPORTS, 6  50«  New Braunfels  WEDNESDAY  AUGUST 3.2011  UNG  herald-zeitung.com  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  Heat bears down on NB  Hot, hot hot  Temperatures are expected to hover above the 100-degree mark for the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.  TODAY THURS FRI  105 103 104  High temps to stay above century mark  By WW Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  The Dog Days of summer are here — and they're not going anywhere any time S(K)n,  Unusually hot weather is the forecast for New Braunfels and all of South (,en-tral Texas — which continues to swelter under a hot sun and suffer from a lack of Herald Zeitunggraphic substantial rainfall — on into th(’ early  SAT SUN  102 103  part of next week.  "It's being ( aused by a sysi(>rn of liigh f)ressure that's ()retty mut h [).irk(‘d ovt'r the South Plains," saifl Mari.nuie Sutton, a metHjrologist with th(> National WfMth er Service in New Braunfels Sutton explained furth('r north, irotn Dallas tf) Oklahoma ( it\' to VVk liita, Kan,,  See HEAT Page 1?  ► EDWARDS AQUIFER  Meeting to discuss fee hike  ByOragBowm  Ttie Herald-Zeitung  A proposed significant hike in the fee charged to pump water from Edwards A(|uifer will be the subject of a public meeting to be held by Edwards Aquifer Authority Thursday in New Braunfels.  The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at  EAA  MEETING When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: NBU  Scrviee  Center  New Braunfels Utilities Service Center, iS5 F a r m -1 o -Market Road 306. EAA will present information and take public comment on what it tails a likely increase in its Aquifer Management Fee for 2012 to be assessed on holders of municipal and industrial groundwater withdrawal )ermits.  Simi ar meetings are being held this week and next in other cities in the EAA's eight-county district.  About 60 permits, large and small, are issued to Comal County interests and would be affected by the fee hike.  Among the Comal permit holders are Bracken Volunteer Fire Department, .76 acre-feet; Hot Rod Properties, 1 acre-foot; Camp Hua-co Springs, 3.5 acre-feet; United Church of Christ, 4.5 acre-feet; Antique Rose Emporium, 10 acre-feet; Heidellx'rg Ltxfges, 15 acre-feet; Brauntex Materials, 32 acre-feet; City of Garden Ridge, 548 acre-feet; City of Schertz, 1,195 acre-feet; Green Valley Special Utility District, 2,533 acre-feet; Cemex USA and Cemex Construction, 3,316 acre-feet; and New Braunfels Utilities, 9,270 acre-feet.  An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons.  EAA spokesman Roland Ruiz said Tuesday the current Aquifer Management Fee of $39 per acre-foot could jump to as high as $116.  The increase would help fund EARIP, the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, and sustain a popular EAA rebate program designed to incentivize water conservation.  Ruiz said about $69 of the potential $116 fee would be used to fund EARIP, which is being developed to protect endangered species in Comal  See EAA, Page 12  RAILROAD QUIET ZONES: PHASE 1  LAURAMcKEN/IF    ' ¡  A train travels alongside Landa Street on Tuesday afternoon in New Braunfels.  WmSTLESTOP  Train horns will begin to go silent in March under Quiet Zones plan  ByOregBowmi  Ttie Herald-Zeitung  The first ptMtion of the city's RailrtvTcl Quiet Zorns Project would silence train whistles at 10 crossings early next year.  "If all goes well, horns should be silenced by March," said Assistant City Engineer C^ctavio Ciarza.  Contractors are being sought to build quiet-zone improvements at 18 railroad crossings under Phase 1 of the $4.2 million [)roject designed to improve the quality of life in New Braunfels.  The federally mandated improvements would enhance safety at crossings to allow train engineers to lay off their horns.  In Phase 2, schedult^d for completion in summer 2013, another 10 crossings would be improved and silenced.  Phase 1  Included in Phase 1 are 10 crossings along Union F^cific's Main Line 1 tracks from Bridge Street in the downtown area to Church Hill Drive just east of L(K>p 337 on the city's east side. Those crossings include Bridge Street, Mill Street, San Antonio kreet, Coll Strc^et, Jahn Street, Elm Street, Castell Avenue, Comal Avenue, Rusk Avenue and Church Hill Drive.  Garza said the staff's plan is to take to city council a bid-award  recommendation at the Sept. 12 council mt'eting.  "We anticipate construction to begin by Octol)er and 90 days are allocated in the contract," Garza said. "That would put construction ending in tht' first |)art of january, barring holidays and weather permitting."  After construction is completed, the Federal Railro.ui Administration must OK the work and a notice of establishment of the new quiet zone must lx> issued. That can take another 30 days to f)rocess, Garza said.  Herald Zeitiing qrapt)ic  Undei that s( ht'dule, train whistles at the first 10 c rossings would go silent in Marc h, hc' said.  Also included in Phase 1 art* another eight crossings on I'Ps Main line 2 trom Hintnan Island Drive in Lancia Park north to Roc k Street near Gruene.  Those' crossings arc* at Hinni.in Island Drive, (iolf C art ( rossmg, Torrey Street,, Union Avcmuk', Houston Avenue', Cerilral Avcmiuc', I akevic'vv Avenue and Roc k Strc'c't.  Silence on Mail line 1 should  See QUIET. Page 12  ^ ^ We have to wait for UP to install gates, lights, and constant-warning timing at North Houston Avenue • • based on city council wanting to keep that crossing open. We expect this infrastructure to be installed within the next 18 months or so."  Octavio Garza I New Braunfels a.ssistant city manager  ^ DISASTER AVERTED  Obama signs bill; debt pact done dea  WASHINGTON (AP)  With s( ant tinic' to S[)<)re, Pr('si(lcnt Barack Obama signc'cl Ic'gislafiori Tuesday Io avoid an unprc'c ('dented national default that hc* said would h.tve dcvastatr'd the I I S. (>c onomy. But the truce w ith Ri’ )ul)iic ans that (It'tosf'd ! ie < risis secnu'd to be Kuling alte.uly.  VV.tll Street < rumpled, dismayed by reports ot nc'vv (’( ononiK vvc'.ikness ,ind unimpri'ssc'd bv ( ongr*'ss' prc*s( ription. Hk' 1 )ov\ |on(»s industrial avc'tage sank by |)oinls, Ils eighth straight losing s(>ssioii, and biggest.  Ihe ( oinpromise deal to persuade ( i( )P lawmakers to raise tí»' U'ck'r.il dr'bt limit I S, boirovsing w.is to ( ollide with It .It midnight will ( ut federal spending 1)\ $.M trilliofi or mort' over the next clc'cadi-. But {)bama immedi.ifek { hal-lengf i! Repiibli( ans to a( ( (>pt highet !a\C's on thc' vv('alth\ in a s(m ond round I)! deiK It c uls tins tali. 11h‘\ adainanlK retu .('d to .k ( c'|)t th.U ide.r during llv past montfts' dispute'.  A slern ta( ed ( )bania said ,)t tin White I louse lhat îion t( > rais(‘ llie deb! Iim IÍ h.id l)(‘C'n essenti.il bul more and dillt'tent steps were b.ulK neeiled, \\'e\e got to do everything in our powi‘1 to grow this (>t onomv and put Amc'r-i( a ba' k to work,” ihe ()t('s^ idenl s.nd, arguing tort ('tul-K toi Inc hiding revenue ii)( reases as well as sptnul-ing ( uts in !h(' next round ot etiorts to trim huge' go\('rn (ncMit (k'ticits.  It \\as the* s.inic' til thc>  ( i( )P silt c ('ssiiilK r- ^ istc’d in the bill |usl a¡)proved, ,uid ihi'ie was little c'videncc'  I t)l a chiUigc' in position.  ¡ " I he Amc'ric an pet)ple .igrc'c'd with us < »n thc' nature ot tiu' problc'in, Thes knovs the gt )\ emiiK'nt didn I ac t u-i mulatc' $14. i trillitm in clel)t becausc' il didn't tax I ent)ugli," SiUd the' p.uty's I leadi'r in the* Senate, Ntitch Mc( onnell t>t Kentucky.  WEATHER, 9  MADISON EUZABETH TREJO GOODWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARY  HOT HOT HOT!  Higti: 105 Low; 76  Âfcbv.............  Qlasçjfieds_______  Cf-fiSiWorjll __  Forum __ _  Ûfcluâfits  Plgnnec...........  SfiO'tç  TV  1Q  9  I  i  -J  Vol. 158 I No 227 1 section, 12 pages  Yom deserve an UPTOWN  8 -*56825 00001  50 cents  Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. 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