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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 REWARD OFFERED FOR TIPS ABOUT MOST WANTED CLASSIFIEDS, 10  50«  New Braunfels  TUESDAY  DECEMBER 6,2011  he r aid - z e 11 u n g. com  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  Recall petition review nears end  Pospisil  By GregBo«v0n  The Hfifalfl^Zeitiinq Kcvicvv ot th(‘ sign<iliires oti a mayomi-ri'i dll pefition fih'd Itite f ridiiy should bf (om-plok'd today, City St’( ret.iry I’.itru k Aten said Monxlay.  At('n and his staff vvpri* busy Monday plowing through the  City staff sifting through 1,117 signatures on petition  1,117 signatuFt*s affix(‘d to tfn* p('tition, vvhi( h set'ks a rt*( ,ill (‘l(Mtion to remove Mayor Cíale Pos[)(sil trom otii( fv In ord(‘r tor the p(>tition to b(‘ deemed valid, At(*n said  he'll ntHxl to verily that at least of those who signerl it are íjualitiefl voti'Fs of tnt' i ity.  Me said the 7 iS number would t*(ju.il if) per( (‘nt ot the 2,4SO votes cast in the last  regular ( ity-vvide munu ipal ('le( tion, held in May. The 50 percent figure is required l)y (ity charter tor a recall (‘lee-tion.  Ih(‘ mayoral rec all petition  RIVER AD HOC  Public comments on panel’s suggestions  Citizens weigh in on topics such as river use fees, tubers’ exits  By Greg Bowen  Ihe Herald-Zeitunq  Som(' 50 New Br.iunlels resid(>nts man hed to the mil lophcine Monda\ to (omriK'iTt on fivc'r-man<ig('-mcMil issues hetore the c itv's River Ad Ho( ('ommittee linali/es its reiommenda-tions to ( Ity (ounc il Liter this w eek.  1 )r,ttt propos.ils to ( hargc' a tc'(‘ lor river acci'ss, add another tubers' exit, rt'cjuirc’ personal llo.itation deviccs tor voungstc'rs and niovc' the*  I ast Tubers I xit shuttle load ing /oru> a( ross the street •dì drew pIcntN ot (om iiients  Ad Hoc ( ommitfet' lac il-itator Andy S.insom (vresent ed th(‘ (Iran re( ommenda tions .ind said the ( om-mcMils gatfit'K'd will bc' used by the ( ommittiH* during its next mec'ting at 4: 50 p.m. VV(‘dn(‘sd,i\ lo tashioir its linai list ol r('( onuiKMid.i lions to Nc'w Hiijunli'ls ('ilv ( OUIK il.  Next Monday, tln' linai reíomiiK'nd.ilions will bc' taken lo (ouik il, w hie h lormc'd the ,Ad Hoi i om mitte(‘ alter a tumultuous summer tourism se.ison marki'd by such things as ovc'K rowdiiig, bad b(>hav lor, ov('rwh(*lming amounts 01 lillc'r and tf,ilfi( snarls, ('ounc li askc'd ihc' commit-tc'e to iind wavs to improve the' tubing ('\()('ri('n( e for rc'siclc'nis and tourists alike,  On(‘ dratt recommendation would recjuire all tourists using ihc' Comal and (iuad.ilupe riv(>rs to pay a lee ol a[)proximat('lv $5. City rt'sidenls would pay an as-yet-u ndc'term i nchI reduc (hI fee.  "I ive dollars is tcM> muc h," one sp(\iker said.  A rivc'rsicie rc'sideni asked It she’d have lo pay the' tc'e if she )umj)c*d into the' river to ( ool oil afti'r mowing hc'r lawn, Anotlic'r asked w'heth(>r tamily nrc'iiibers  See RIVER, Page 5  NAVARRO HIGH ENDING GERMAN CLASSES  . . -    lAURAMcKENZIE iHpralfl /nitiim}  Navarro High School teacher GG Vaughan, righi, hands out envelopes containing euros to hei studenis during a rneeting Monday to discuss their upconimg trip to Holland, Germany and Poland BELOW: Nathaniel Phrampus, 15, practices line dancing with his classmates after school on Monday at Navarro High School m Seguin.  ONE LAST ADVENTURE  By Drew Stone  Fhe Heiiild-ZeiUmg SEGUIN  Nav.irro High St hool will say ".lul wied(‘rsc' hen " lo Its (ic'rman (lass in st\ Ic'.  Si.irting I riday, about JO ot Navarro Higli's Cier-man language students will take a two-week trip through Ciermany, Poland and I tollarxl i»s parl ot the course's language and lilest\ le immc'rsion advc'n-ture. Ihc' lour also will serve as the' school's — and tc'acher's - final hurrah as NHS has opted to cancel its C'lerman language* c lass attc'r this school year.  NHS Cierman teac her C'lC) Vaughan has taught the c ourse for 27 yc'ars — six at Navarro — and this year will likc'ly be her last, she said. Still, Vaughan said, sht' intends to make' sure her students and adult assistants h.ive a memorable' time.  "This is just something I've' always had a passion lor," said Vaughan, who  Students traveling abroac in final year of program  has taken IH c lasses ovcn-sc'as. "I figure the lic'st I (an do IS take them ithe students) abroad. It im|)a( ts them grc'ater th.rn anything I can do in (lass."  The (lass will tr.wc'l to new locations almost e'very day and p.irtic i()ate in many holiday festivals. Studc'iits also will mec't with host lamilic's and vis  it a numbc'r ol historic sites, iiK luding Anne' I rank Museum in Amster dam.  I’arti( i[)<iting students s.iid they .ire both exc itc'cl .111(1 anxious to ex|)eri ence the' various Luro [)e.in ( ulturi's.  "I'm rc'.illy excitc'd just to go to ( icrniany .ind sc'e* e'verything," NHS junior Virginia I e'nnon, I (>, said  "No one really gets iiri opporlunitv like this, so I d('( ided I had to lake m\ c h.iiK c' w hen it ( am«' up."  "I in ver\ exc ite'd, but I'm .ilse) |)retty nervous about it," Nlis sopho more ( ham e Phram[)us,  I S, s.iid. "It's going to be so ditlerc'nt over there."  I he Students, however, plan to do some' teac hing ol tlu'ir own — namc'K, b\ displaying sonic' gcKxl ol' lashiotu'd Tex.in line' dan( ing.  "It'll l>(' our l.ire'well perlormairc e>," V.iughan said. ' It w.is sue h a big hit List time' we* c amc' and it's sonic'thing thc'y never foigc’t."  In .idelition, students plan lo take photos .ind wrilc' .iboul itrc'ir expc'fi-enc e's in the' e oming two w('e>ks while' ovc'rsc'as. Some' sul)missic)ns will ap[)e',ir in Ihe Herald-Ze'ilung and its we'bsitc', at he-rald /eitung.com.  ( all NHS.it(8 n)i ]72-1} I tor intorm.ition .ibout ihc' liip.  WASHINGTON (AP)  Already mocked by some as "snail mail," lirst-class U.S. m.iil will slow even more' by next s|)ring unde'r plans l)y the c <ish-strai)pe'ci U.S. I’ost.il Servic e to e'liminate more' than iSO processing centers. Nearly ^0,000 workc'rs would be laid off, too, as the post office struggle's to respond to a shift to online com-munic ation and bill payments.  Tl'it mail proc essing centers in Texas are^mong 252 nationwide targeted for c losure this spring as  [)art ot a $.i billion cost-c utting move.  TIh' (uts arc' p.irt of $ \ billion in re'ductions aimc'd at he'l[)ing the .igc'nc y .ivert b.inkruptcy next yc'.ir. They would virtually eliminate' the' chanc e' for stamped Ic'tters to arrive the next day, a change' in first-class delivc'ry standards th.it have been in |)lac e since 1971.  The plan tec. hnic.ifly must aw.iit .111 advisory o|)inion from the indc'-pendent Postal Regulatory C‘oni-mission, sliited for next Marc h, liut that opinion is nonbinding,  and only substantial pressure from ( (ingress, busint'sses or the public might de'lc'r far-rc'.ic hing c uts,  Many postal customers will be upsc't.  At a nc'ws brietingin Washington, pcistal vice ¡irc'sident David Williams s.iicl the post otticc' ne.'t'ds to move c|uickly to cut costs as il sc'c'ks to stc'm five' yc'ars of red ink amid stc'aelily de'c lining mail voL ume.  After hitting 98 billion in 200(), firsi-c lass mail volume is now .vt k'ss thi\n 78 billion.  10 mail centers in Texas part of upcoming cuts  It IS pro|e'( ted to drop bv roughly half by 2020.  lh(' agc'iuy .tlreadv has announcc'd .i 1-c c'nt inc rease in first c lass mail to 4S c e'nts bc'gin ning Ian. 22,  VVilli.ims said in cc'it.un narrow situ.itions tirst-class mail might still bc' delivc'ic'd the' nc'xt d.iy — if, for e'xamplc', iu'wspa|)t'rs, magazines c>r other bulk mailers are able' to mec't new, tighter deadlines and drop off shipments directly at the proc c'ssing c c'nters that rc'main open.  was submitte'd l)y Kim Maikoetter, an oftic c'r ot Nevv Br.iunte'ls ( iti/e'ns tor Respon srble (lovc'rnment., <i politic al action committee that op|K)sed the> c ity < ouru il's dis ontaine'r ban.  See RECALL. Page 5  ► FIRE STATION  No. 2 stays open unti city builds new one  Council member says closing station would double response time  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Hfitrild ZeituiKj  New Br.uintels ( ii\ ( outi cil voted un,inimousK Mon da\ night to prex eed with .1 pi.Ill that would avoid ( losing .1 lire stilili)fi and len-i^thening emct^cne \ resp< )nse Iirk's ( m I Ik* c it\'s WC'sl sidc' while ,1 re|)l.l( (' men! lire' sl.t tion is ( c)ii siruc Ic'd N e u l!raun!('ls 1 irt‘ ( hic'i lolm Kobi'isoli pie sen ted lh< ()l,in t() ( ()un c il <il ( it\ 11.ill ( ouni i) me'iiiber Ru h.ird /.ip.il.i lhanke'd Koliinson lor ( om ing up witii the allt'tnat«’ pl.m lor I ire St.ilion No. 2 "M\ (Ic'c'pi'sl apprct i.ilK )ii to the c hie't lor bringing this bac k to us t( xl.iv and ( re.il ing .1 win v\ in tor the ( ili /c'lts ol New Rr.iimlc'Is ' said /<ip.it.1 whose' di trn I is co\('red In si.ition Ni i 2 i)n I ( )( >p 5 57.  I le s.iid iIk' new pl,m will alle'viati' a need lor higher response tinu's lo some ol his ( onslitue'nis,  the (irc'V lous pl.in ( .tiled lot two new stations lo Ix' l)uilt .ind two fc-plac t'd. Allei Stalli >n No. 4 vv.is c (i!ii|)le1 t'd, Si.ition No. 2 was to c lose tor about 12 months while .1 repl.K enient Si.ition No. 2 was built ne'arbv.  Some ol his c onstiiuenls we're (ond'rne'd .ibout the' c losing .IS was ht', /.ipat.i said  The couiK il mc'niber said he re‘(]ut'sted th.it Robinson  See STATION. Page 5  Cloudy and chilly  High: 45 Low: 31  Abb*  Cla^si.fie.d$  GomicL._  CrQ§5mu:ds  Forum _  Qbitiiaiip  Plannsii,  Saorts________  TV  IQ  IQ  9  9  4  3  I 7  II  Vol. 1591 No 22 1'section, 12 pages  56825 00001 ; 50 cents  For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-dav updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfelsHZ  Learn wliat’s in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. * Beconie a New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung Facebook fan  Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each morning herald-zeitung.com. Click 'Herald-Zeitung Mailing List'   

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