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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. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. fi Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e mail box each ^ morning herald-zertung.eom. 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