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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 COOK UP GHOSTLY GOOD TREATS FOR YOUR KIDS AT HOME  ,5  50«  New Braunfels  WEDNESDAY  OCTOBER 19,2011  herald-zeitung com  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINGE 18&2  Bum ban could be reinstated  Fire officials cite possible dangers posed by high winds, low humidity in next few days  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitunq  Comal County's rurdl residents may have just a few more days to burn any brush or garbage they haven't tore hc'd since the county's  ► DRAINAGE  Committee takes first steps to rank 16 projects  Targeting top priorities following June 2010 flood  By Greg Bowen  I he Heraid-Zeitung Th(‘ city's Watershwl Advisory (ommittee took a first step Tuesday toward ranking the 1 () proposed drainage projects that were as top priorities luneiOlO  identifiec following the flood.  Ybarra  During T u e s d ay's c ommittee meeting, city s t a f f e r s instruí ted the 1 O-member committ(‘e on how to rank the [)rojec'ts using a "matrix" system.  Under the rating system, the members will assign numeric ,il scores, T to 4, tor each ()rojett on a list t)f factors, inc luding "implementation feasibility," "safety and regulatory m a n d a t vs," "neighborhood IivabiIity" and "environmental and heritage susta i ilabil ity."  That process will result in a total score for each project. Rankings are t'XfKH ted to Ix' completed in November or December.  "It we see seven or eight members voting for a certain f)roject, that tells us we should have that project on the tof) of th(‘ list," said Public Works [director Steve Ramsey.  When finished with its rankings, the committee, c reatecf after the flood to help guide drainage-system improvements in New Braunfels, will forward its prioritized list to city council. The* [)rojec ts total an estimated $58 million.  "This is a lot of money and these projects affc-ct the (ity in a big way," said City ('ounc il Memlx'r and Watershed Advisory Committee  See DRAINAGE. Page 7  Judd Earley, president of the 100 Club of Comal County, recognizes special guests at the start of Tuesday’s program at the McKenna Event Center.  LAURA McKENZIE  Herald Zeitung  burn ban was lifted Oct. 10.  On Thursday, the county fire marshal's office will likely rec ommend that Commissioners' ( 'ourt put the burn ban b.ick into effect.  fVior to the ban being lifted after rains earlier this m(mth, droughf-stric ken Comal had tx'en under a burn ban most of the year.  "That little bit of rain we got  was great," Comal County Deputy Fire Marshal Dave Padu-la said. "It gave (x'ople theopfX)r-tunity to burn. But right now, weVe gt'tting bac k into nangerous conditions again."  IT’S FINALLY FEELING LIKE FALL  Ptiotos by I^URA McKENZIE | Ttie Herald-Zeitung Connor Smith, 4, is dressed for cooler weather while playing at Landa Park on Tuesday afternoon.  TIS THE SEASON  Tuesday’s cold blast brings out the jackets in NB  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  Wind gusts that reached nearly 40 mph swooshed through the Comal (bounty area early 1 uesday, accompanying a cold front that ushc^red in lower temperatures and autumnal weather, a forecaster with the National Weather Service at New Braunfels said Tuesday afternoon.  "It's going to feel like fall," forecaster Jcx' Baskin said.  Baskin said the winds were expected to die down Tuesday evening and drop the overnight low temperature to about 44 degrees. Tfie normal low' this time' of year is about 55 d(*grc\'s, Baskin said.  Those lows will gradually  inc rease into the 60s by the* wt'ek-end, Baskin said.  Temperatures were forecasted to be in the mid-dle 70s today and swing back into the 80s on Thursday, said Baskin, adding the normal high is about 79 dc'grees.  A cold front blew into the area Tuc'sday morning, sending winds gusting at VO- i5 mph, and as high as alx)Ut 40 mph.  "That's a good, brisk wind,"  See WEATHER, Page 12  OiMUIME  Scan this QR code to view your local forecast on  herald-zeitung. com or visit bit.ly/p7agY7  The U.S. flag outside the post office flaps during Tuesday’s strong wind gusts.  100 Club honors fallen heroes  By Dalondo Moultrie  itie Herald Zeitung  In the years following the shooting death of her husband, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Vetter's widow went through ck^pression and other challenging issues.  Cynthiii Vetter said she struggltHl, but her son Robert, 8 months old at  the time of his father's death in the line* of duty, h.is had it worse.  "I lost my husband. I lost my hero," Cynthia Vettc'r said. "But always to me Robert lost his father. I could get remarried. I could get another bero. [Vut Robert can't get another daddy."  Vetter spoke Tuesday night at the annual dinner  He said the low humidity and high winds are driving the drought index, a gauge of dryness and fire danger in fields and  See BAN, Page 7  ► CONTAINER BAN  Chamber polling members on river  Early results show 68 percent oppose can ban  From statl reports  ('ireater Ni'w Braunfels (Chamber ot (ommc>rc e has released (>arly results of a rivc'r issue's fxvll taken by its members.  According to a news release, the 1 1 -ciuestion Internet poll was (k'velopc'd and distributc'd on Oct. i and ()ct. 10 to about 1 })12 C'hamber members. The third and final wcH'k of the poll ( loses at 5 p.m. I rida\ =  Among the initial rc'sults;  •    Sixt\'-six |X'rc(‘nt, or members, think thc> com munity should create an access fee to the' nvcT with in the* city limits via [)ubii( [)arks during certain da\s and times.  •    f ighty-seven perc(*nt (524), agree that water recreationists should bc' recjuired to have a litterbag eithc'r issued by o[)erators of public access points or outtitters.  •    l ifty-eight [X'rcent ( M“’ say the cit\ nec^ds to chargc* for parking tor water rec rt'-ation in arc'as ac cc'ssible to the river via c ity [)arks.  •    Sixty-eight [X>rc ent (404) opfiose a disposable container ban.  •    Sixty-three [percent (38,5) say that, if the ban is implemented, there will Ix' a negative impact on the kxal economy next season. Twenty fx'rc ent (118) see ix > impact, and 1^ percent  See POLL. Page 7  WEATHER, t2  SABINE BREOERSON HOFFMANN LANE ELEMENTARY  for the 10t) Club of Comal County. 100 Club President judd Earley said Trooper Vetter's death, in August 2000, was the impetus that led to creation of the club in the summer of 2001.  Early said the annual dinner is a time to laud club members for their  See 100 CLUB, Page 7  Sunny and mild  High: 76 Low: 44  C-iassifisds......  Comics _____  CroiswOfrfi-  EftCttBL_______  Obituaries Eiannflf____  Jfl  .10  „9  SciirtSLi__  TV  NAil 158 I No; 293 1 section, 12 (sages  56825 00001 50 cents  (KIRKWOOD MAÑOfD  Nursing and Rehab Genter  Our Goal Is Your Independence”  Braunfels Texas 78130 ^(830) 620r0509 ¡  For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ^NewBraunfelsHZ  Learn whafs in tomorrow’s paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. 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