New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas $1.50 —Sunday— w New Braunfels UCTObEk 16,2011 herald-zeitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 GREAT DEAL: TODAY’S HERALD-ZEITUNG HAS $407 IN COUPONS NBPD spamming probe continues ByGregBowsn The Keralcl-Zeitung New BriUjntels fives ( ontiniit’ to investigate* the •iliegeii spamming ot city council members who voted in favor of the pending ban on disposable containers on Those voting to ban cans receiving unwanted emails the Comal and Guadalupi' rivers. A poll of council mc'mbers showed Steven Digges and Richard Zapata, who voted against the ban, were not spammed. But Mayor Gale f\)s[)isil, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Good-ner, and council members MikeYbarr.i, Sandv Nolle and Br\'an Miranda — all of whc)m votc‘d in favor o1 the ban — were s|)ammed. Ybarra said he believc’s the spamming - in whi( h ('inait accounts wer(' tiooded with unsolii ited emails from IchI f'ral agencies ,ind other sourc es was r(‘lat('d to the disfK)sal)le (ontain(*r l)an vote*. See SPAM. Page 8A ■ EARIP's habitat conservation plan ready to send to EAA. Page 7A ► PUBLIC MEETING EAA wi talk budget on Monday Proposed 2012 rate hikes for management, permits From staff reports The Edwards Ac|uifer Authority, which supplies water tor Ntnv Braunfels via permit, will hold a [)ublic nearing on its proposed 2012 o[)erating budgf't at h [).m. Mon- Relatecl (Liy ¡n nc'w Br.uinti’Is. The meeting will t)e at the New B r a u n f e 1 s ( hamber of (omm erce Honors Hall at S. Seguin Ave. EAA's proposed $1 ^8 million budgc't includes a [)ropos(‘d incr(>ase in the acjuifer management fc'e rate for New Braunfels and other holdc’rs of munici[)al or industrial permit holch'rs. The fee would inc rc'ase $8, u[) from th(> ( urrent $ ^9 f)er ac re-foot to $47 f)er ac re-foot. New Braunfels has permitted rights to 9,199 ac re-f(‘et per year from the Fdwards. An <u re-foot is about i26,0()0 gallons. EAa\ officials said the budget, as [iroposc'd, is likt»-ly to be amended in the future because it doc‘s not yet account for costs associated with implementing the Edwards Ac|uifc'r Recovery I m p I c'm c* n ta 11 o (i P ro g r a m's pending E-lahitat ('onserva-tion Plan, whic li is expecteni to come to the authority's board of direc tors for consideration later this fall. The L eg i s I af u re- nui n da t-c'd plan is being developed to protect (mhIangered s()ecies in Ccnnal and San \\arcos springs. The HCP, if approved, would rec]uire a significantly larger budgc't and higher fee rate of as muc h as $ 116 per ac re-foot, EAA said. Such a hike, officials have said, would rc'sult in a $ 1.89 increase in water bills for the average home using 8,(KK) gallons monthly. THAT STINGING FEELING Pholos by LAURA McKEI^IE | The Herald-Zeitung Samuel Ramirez uses a hose as he washes pepper spray off his face following Thursday's training certification exercise at the New Braunfels Pofice Department. HE’S A PEPPER Police officers receive baptism that feels like fire By Dalondo Mouttrte The Herald-Zeitung Three of four nc'wly-hired New Braunfels Police Department officers on Thursday got a much-needc'd taste of their own medicine. The officc'rs went through a training course to bcxome ( c'rtific*d in the use of pepper sf)ray. In the |)rocess, the new patrolmen took a full-on stream of the substance in the face and learned to fight through it to continue with their duties, Caf)t. lohn McEDonaki said. "They did great," he said. "Each person hanciles it differently. We talked in the training classroom See PEPPER, Page 6A Eli Colunga, left, helps Jacob Galindo walk to a hose to wash pepper spray from his face during a training certification exercise Thursday at the New Braunfels Police Department. THE INSIDI EERIE PORTRAYAL Bonnie Sacco played the part of Emma Voelcker as part of the Soul Searching, Night Ramblings in the Comal Cemetery event staged Saturday at the Comal Cemetery, where participants toured the surroundings. — NEWS,2A HIGH FLYING New Braunfels Chapter 958 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has about 30 members and aviators who have spent countless hours building one or more experimental, also called "kit," aircraft. — LIFE, 10 TEAM NB IMPACTS MS EVENT With a late push, Teafn NB moved Into the top 10 by raising almost $17,000 to battle multiple sclerosis, and crossed the finish line together during Day 1 of the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River. — SPORTS, IB For breaking news, sports and traffic follow us on Twitter ©NewBraunfalsHZ WÌ Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan at facebook-conv Sign up tor daily e-newslelter by visiting the Herald-Zeiting online: herald-zeitung.com ► DRAINAGE Council, committee to map out future plan Stormwater management topic of joint meeting By Greg Bowen The Herald Zeifung Stormwater management will Ix' the to|)i( <it M( )nda\ 's joint niC'C'ting of the New Braunfc'ls ( it\ ( oun< il and Its VV.itersheil AiKlsorv ( (>m-mittcH'. Th(‘ meeting will b(' ,it ^ [).m. <if ( il\ I lall's ( otmc il t hamUc'rs, S. ( asi(>ll Ave. Assistarit ( itv Min.igcr Robert ('amarcno and u>n sultant Rc'Ixm c a I eoiiard o! [)es(gn Workshop ot Austin are s( heduh'd to give' the [)rc*sentatloii on the ( it\ s dc'veloping Stoimwatct Wat' agc'menl Strategy, v\[ik h will bc> used to guidt' future [)n )j ects, fi'derallv rc'ciuitcrl ¡n't miffing and update^ to (. it\ cckIc* using a ( omprc'tiensivc approac h to stormualc'! m.in agemt'ni. The c oun< T fortiK'd the See DRAINAGE, Page 8A WEATHER, 9A CARLY HENDERSON HOFFMANN LANE ELEMENTARV Partly cloudy and warm High: 87 Low: 65 Abby ...... 30 CJassiMdi _ 10 Comics________5C Crosswords Eeruin.,..^,. Obituaries Planner^, SjLQrti__ TV 5C 4A 3A 2G IB 40 Vol. 1b8 I No^ 291 4 sections. 26 pages 56825 00002 $1 50 STAGE II WATER RULES Find out the latest on landscape watering restrictions at nbutexas.com or call (830) 608-8925 for nx>re Information. Watenng witfi a spnnkler or landscape irrigation system is allowed once a week, before 10 a m. and after 8 p.m., based on the last digit of tfie address: ■ 0,1 Watenng day is Monday ■ 2,3 Watering day is Tuesday ■ 4,5 Watering day is Wednesday ■ 6,7 Watering day is Tfiursday ■ 8,9 Watering day is Friday Watering with a hose, soaker hose, bucket or drip Irrigation system is OK before 10 a.m. and after 8 p m NtSU Here Is wtiat matters.