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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas uncp touö ncLrö tuu muu öUMt bPIUfc lü STfcAK at home, 6 50o New Braunfels WEDNESDAY SEFEMBER7.2011 herald - z eitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 Council OEs underpass project Digges casts lone dissenting vote; 8 speak against proposal Digges By Qrag Bowen The Herald-Zeituog New Braunipls City Council voted Tuesday to approve the $9.i million widening of the Seguin Avenue unflerpass. The Texas Department of TransfKirtation will re[)lace the two-lane structure built in 1936 with a new four-lane rail road underpass Ix'tter able to handle the city's growing traffic count. Construction should begin in the fall of 2012 and ix' lom- pli’ted the tollovving spring. TxDOT plans to rec laim th(' existmg historic structure's limestone, s( rub it of its road grime, and use the stone on the walls of the new underf)ass. Txl )( )T San Antonio I )istric t t’ngin('er Mario Meilina told (ouncil the st.ile funding is now available tor th(> project, which has been on the c ity's wish list for yc'ars. See UNDERPASS. Page 12 MORE THAN 1,000 HOMES IN RUINS WILDFIRES CLAIM 4 ERIC GAY 1AP Laura Clements surveys her fire-destroyed home Tuesday in Bastrop The Clements family lost its home to fires Monday. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastalirig blaze near Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday. More than 180 fires in past week BASTROP (AP) ne of the M M most devas-■ I tating wild-% M fire outbreaks in Texas history left more than 1,000 homes in ruins Tuesday and stretchtnl the state's firefighting ranks to the limit, confronting Gov. Kit k Rypv' with a major disaster at home just as the GOP presidential contest heats up. More than 180 fires have erupted in the past wc'ek across the rain-starvt^l Lone Star State, and nearly 600 of the homes destroyed since then were lost in one c atastrof)hic blaze in and around Bastrop, near Austin, that raged out of control Tuesday for a third day. Whi[)ped into an interno by Tropical Storm Lee's winds over the weekend, the blaze burnc^l more than 4,S square mik's, forced the evacuation of thousands and killed at least two peof)le> bringing the overall death toll trom the outbreak to at least four. "We lost everylhing," said Willie Clements, whose two-story colonial home in AIR QUALITY Health Alert Effective today Ttie Texas Commission on Environmental Quality tias issueci an Air Quality Health Alert (AQHA) for today at the orange level for the Greater New Braunfels area. The TCEQ recommends that individuals with chronic lung disease such as asthma and emphysema, the elderly and young children should avoid exposure for the duration of this Air Quality Health Alert. For information, visit vwvw.airnow.gov. a housing dev('lc)f)ment nt'ar Bastrop was reduc ed to a heap of metal rcK)fing and ash. A |)icket fence was melted. Some goats and turkeys survived, but about 20 chic kt'hs and ducks were See FIRES, Page 12 IJ^UFW McKENZIE I Herald Zeitung Emergency Operations Oirector Carol Edgeft, left, talks about websites that can help the public before, during and after a disaster while standing beside Administrative Training Coordinator Sarah Grimes inside the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday at Comal County Sheriff's Office, County outlines game plan By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung A 9- i-1 c all is plac ed to the police, reporting a large brush fire with the potential of c^ndangering homc>s and ives. ('c)mal County emergency managt'-ment authorities sav they're ready in case they receive t(ie call, and have proc edures in place to disfiatch [)er-sonnc'l and inform the public of inTmi-nent danger. "When we have a wildfire that can be handled locally, we just follow our normal procedure," Comal County LnTergent \' Management ( oordinator ( arol [ cigett saici on Tuesday. "II it (loc's get to the ()olnt whc're it's ()eyond our capabilities to respond locally, then we'll call for our mutual aid [>art-ru'rs Of othc‘r arc'a ck*partments in the region." Ldgc'tt said onec the tirc' irogresses beyond regional capabi ities, the c () u nt y will m a k a n e m e r gc‘ n c y rec]uest to the Ic'xas Department of Public Satety, which will then forward it to state authorities. See GAME PLAN, Page 12 Low rates mean it s high time to refinance TSTATE BANK LOAN DEPT (aso) 626-d627 WWW.FIRSTSTATE-TEXAS.COM MFDIC ► XANTHE BAN' Council could cat for vote Officials will meet at 5 p.m. today if enough signatures are verified By Greg Bowen The Hfiralfl-Zeitiidq It il turns out that (‘nough signatures arr on the "( an the Ban" [K'tition turnt-d in t( > ( ity Hall, New Hr.mnlels City ( nunc il will met‘I .it f).m. today to < onsi(k>r i all ing a Nov. H rc'Iercnulum on banning disposable (ontain (*rs on tli(‘ (Oni.il and (iuad.ilupi' riv(>rs. Th(‘ c itv sc'( rc't,ir\ s ottuc on Tues(la\ was ( ounting (K'tition signatures turnril in ovc'r the' past u('(»k t(f asc CTtain whcnhc^r the nc'ed ed 1 ,(i()() signatuK's h.id bec'n submittc'd to lore c> ,i reterc'ndum "We hiUf'ti'l xtMiiicti ( I,()()() sign.iturc's)," -..iid ( it\ Sec rotary Patric k Aten. Atc'n said he posted ,i notic c* on Iridav that would allow c it\ ( ounc il, undcf adv.HK e-noti( c' provisions th(‘ lexas ()pc»n Mc'elings Act, to Ic'galK nu’C't on Wc'dnc'sda\, should enough signature's be* vc'ritied hetore thc'n, and c onsick'r .u e c'pt ing the' pc'tition and ( ailing the' pk'bise itc'. lodav is tlu' last dav the eounc 11 can t all an (‘le'c tion for Nov. 8. Ihc' eouiK il on Wednes clay .ilso could simpK re‘j)eMl its anti-littc'r initiative', passed Aug. 22, which is ek'signc'd to pre'vent the c it\'s rivc'rs trom being trashe'd-out In tulx'rs and would ban be'e-r cans and othc'r clisposalile' containers on the' rivc'rs beginning kHi. I. See PETITION. Page 12 WEATHER, 12 TRIPP STEELE LAMAR ELEMENTARY Mostly sunny and mild High: 92 Low. 60 Abty______ Classifieds Comiç,s ..... QsoStSsmM Forum-,____ QbMâiiei Planner ..... Siiérîs....... 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