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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas nORN FI AKF nOOKIFS OIIPnAKFR RlfS HITR AT PAID AT ur^kMt: 0 % * it t V ■ W| 50oNew Braunfels WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28,2011Herald SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852Building fhe bigger lockupCommissioners meet Thursday to consider architect for jail space study ByGregBofuvMi    who would analyze space    sized lockup.    ing the study and have TheHerald-Zeitung    needs at Comal County    County officials have    received responses from County commissioners    )ail and provide a rec om-    bc^en taking re(|uests*lor-    10 firms, sairi County Pur- will meet Thursday to con-    mendation for redesigning    qualifications from archi-    chasing Director Ramona sider ch(X)sing a consultant    expanding the under-    tc*c ts interestc‘d in f>erform-    Womack. The county's architect st,'ltH tion committcM' is rex ommending DalLs-based See STUDY, Page 11 ►CAM BAN FORUMS Proponents, opponents to square off From staff reports Two events — one today and onc' Thursday — will prc^ vide discussion of the C'ity of New Braunfels' proposed container ban. New Braunfels City' Council on Aug. 22 approved the ordincince, which would be effective jan. 1. The anti-litter initiative would ban Ix^r cans and other dis[)osable containers on the Guadalupe* and (x)mal rivers within the city limits. A successful anti-ban [X-'ti-tion for( CMil a referendum on the ordinance's fate. Registered New Braunfels voters can cast their ballots "for" or "against" vote on the ban Nov. 8. At 9 a.m. today, Tourist Associated Businesses of Comal County' will condurt a new«; ((>nf('rence on the Comal County Courthouse Annex steps to discuss a lawsuit against the city over the* ordinance. ).m. Thursday, the upe River Road At 6 Guada Alliance and the ('itizens' Alliance for Smart Expansion are hosting a j)ublic torum featuring s[)eakers from the city's planning department, the ( an the Ban political action committe‘e and the Supf) PAC Tlie forum will be at Faith Unitenl Churc h of Christ at the corne^r ot ( A)mm( )n Strei-t and Loop City counci' delays acting on project list Opts to wait for updated drainage recommendations By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung City council will wait another month or so for recommendations on drainage projects to come in before moving forward with planning for other capital improvement prc^jc'c ts. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Gooflner, during a Tuesday workshop in which city staffers sought direction on approximately $16 millón in ca[iital projcKts, suggested waiting. "It's difficult to consider these items separately from the drainage projects," Goodner said. City Manager Mike Morrison said the city's Watershed Advisory Committex' is doing cost/benefit analyses on a laundry list of proposed See PROJECTS, Page 11 LAURA McKENZIE j The Herald Zeitung Dennis Tuch purchases gasoline on Tuesday from the Shell station at Walnut Avenue and Wood Road. GIDDY FOR GAS Lower energy prices paying off at pump for consumers By Betty Taylor The Herald-Zeitung In a case of strange but true, motorists are seeing falling numbers at the gas pump. For the first time in months, rcHail gasoline prices have fallen below' a gallon in places, including parts ot Michigan, Missouri and Te*xas. Ane] the relief is likely to spread thanks to a sharp dc'cline in crudc'-oil prices. Tne national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $3..SI per gallon, down from a ligh of $3.98 in early May. Last we^ek's plunge in oil prices could push the average to $3.2.5 per gallon by November, analysts said. In New Braunfels, prices may reach that Tuesday at the pumps A look at New Braunfels gas prices as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. $3.33 $3.29 ■    Pilot Travel Center 3^ 4142 Loop 337 3.33 ■    Valero Corner Store 1121 1-35 South ■    Tiger Tote 2 1081 1-35 South ■    Tetco 31 106 FM 306 ■    Sac-N-Pac 504 Diamond Shamrock 107 Common St. ■    Sac-N-Pac 502 Valero 1592 W. San Antonio St. & I Antonio St. % WM new average before the month of November. Motorists were able to fill up for as low as $3.29 a gallon at are'a gas stations Tuesday morning. At the Pit Stof) No. 331, 974 N. Walnut St., yesterday afternoon, Dennis Tuch was busy filling u[) his new Chevy Silverack) Texas Edition. "I got it in )une," he said. "Yc’s, I've noticc'd prices have gone down — nearly 10 cents a gallon. But prices never usexl to change st) much. They used to be the same for nearly a ye*ar. Now, if the price of oil goes up, you se^e a jump in prices at the gas pumps the ne*xt day. But if the price of oil goes down, you don't sc’e the prices at the gas pumps go down until a we^ek later." Tuch is hapf)y with the ’as mileage he geHs with lis ne*w truck. "It does f)retty well, about 20 miles per gal-k>n. We we^nt to Ke'rrville and still had a half tank of gas lc‘ft," he said. Still, he is ho[)ing gas prices will dip even more. If they do, economist Philip Ve^rlc'ger exjuatc'd it townatwii Ix'"a stimulus program for consumers," le*aving them more mone^ for t lothes, dinners out and movies. See GAS, Page 11 Tax-Assessor Talcott seeks 2nd term From staff reports Comal County Tax Assessor-Col lector Cathy C. Talcott recently announced she will run for a second term in 2012. Talcott, a Republican, has served in the position since shortly atter her election in November ology 2008. In a    oftere^d laxpaye*rs addition- p r s s    al services without adding release, she    additional staft. said she has Liste'd among Talcott's "aggressive-    achievements at the coun- ly" sought    tv tax office were her "to do more    ne^cisions to offer express with less"    driveMhrough lanes for tax through    payments on Jan. 31, insti- and has    tute express lines forPicas« {oin us for a FREE community seminar •Wsdnesday;October 5,2011 at S;30pm •New BraunMs CMc Center y For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONawBraunfslsHZ Aging;What’s Normal? What’s Not? Preser^ted by David P.4K, DO an.<i Kriuppi u • Spommc‘d by Honit trt5t::%3d    Care    Hi: ' RSVP to Home Irttead 830 624.8380 or Dorriiogo medioaggerntvaxom ii mt)tor vehicle registration, and add a (Irop-off box at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building. She says she has maintained higher tax collections through i mproved commu n ication efforts, and worked SeeTALCOn, Page 11 NB gets battered by storm Airport records 1.1 inches of rain; more on the way By Mondo Moultrit The Herald-Zeitung hlaving just endures! nearly a whole weekend of triple-digit temperatures. New Braunfels received a respite starting last night, forecasters at tne National Weather Service at New' Braunfels said. Rain showers and thunder-storms provided the area with mue h-needed [)rec ipi-tation Tuesday night. The downpour began around 7:20 p.m. and (ontinued well into the evening. And that could've been just the first round, as more rain was expc'cte'd overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, ONLINE Scan this QR code to view your local forecast on NWS me>te'orologist Marianne Sutton said the rain was the result of a system hanging over the Hill Country and m{)ving southe^ast, N('w Braunfels Municipal Airport ren eive'd 1.1 inches of r,un as of 9:1 S p.m. Tuesday. Some areas might have re‘ceived short showers and others could have enjoyed sustained downpours, Sutton reportc'd just Ix'fore 9:30 f).m. on Tuesday. "There's very light rain with the system that passed through us, so folks around New Braunfels might get another .10 or .2S of an inch through the next hour or so, but It IS vc'r\', very light rain " The system extendeni from the Edwards Plateau eastward into the San Antonio and South Central Texas area. Ke^rrville, Blanco and Fre^dericksburg were among the first cities to receive rainfall late Tuesday afternoon. Despite the beneficial rains, the^y will do little in See WEATHER, Page 14 WEATHSft« 8 DESIREE CORREA, 8 LAMAR ELEMENTARY Thunderstorms High: 99 Low: 72 Abby___ Clas.slfitds Comías.. _12 _12 JQ Crosswords Forum ObitmriBS Plinggr TV Jfl J J 13 Voi 158 I No. 275 1 sections. 14 pages 56825 OOOOr i 50 cents irm*. U t jmnrMj»/. • gentiva Learn what’s in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. 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