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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                ALCS Game Saturday Boston 13 New York 1 Yankees lead series 21 NEW i I I NLCS Qimt New York 3 Atlanta 2 Braves lead series 31 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 237 64 pages in 6 sections October 17 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Rangers win Comal Bowl It was a frustrating night for Canyon quarterback Bradley George and the Cougars who had a chance to defeat Smithson Valley on the games final play this past Friday at Ranger Stadium tie gels broken ed Canyon on the volleyball court this past Friday The Rangers swept the Cougarettes and took sole possession of first place in District Bum thumb Texas Tech scored a home coming victory over Colorado on Saturday but NBHS grad uate Kliff Kingsbury watched from the sideline with a broken left thumb MB WEATHER Temperatures across Texas began retreating Saturday night After a long holdout of summerlike weather a cold front sweeping over the state is bringing lower temperatures immediately behind it For the forecast see page 2A INDEX FLOOD OF 98 REBUILDING RECOVERING REMEMBERING Rebounds offers special ceremony commemorating October 1998 flood BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Oct 17 1998 dawned overcast in Comal County accompanied by steady pelting rain but very few could have foreseen the disastrous events that would unfold that day By midafternoon on that Satur day more than 20 inches of rain drenched parts of New Braunfels and Comal County By nightfall there were tales of sorrow pain and loss But there also were stories of selfless heroics sac rifice and compassion REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION A service for survivors of the October 1998 flood will begin at Sunday at Landa Park areas 11 through 11E Bells will ring at 3 for those who lost their lives Those stories and many others will be memorialized during a Remembrance and Celebration cer emony at today in Landa Park At 3 today the oneyear anniversary of the October 1998 flood bells will ring throughout New Braunfels in remembrance of lives lost and to commemorate the struggle to rebuild lives and dreams The ceremony conducted by New Braunfels Rebounds will take place in picnic areas 11 and HE across from the parks playground Scott Tjernagel pastor of Mercy House and a member of the Rebounds executive committee said the purpose was twofold See SPECIAL REPORT The Herald Zeitung devotes an eightpage section to the October 1998 More stories columns and letters on the disaster and its aftermath 7C SPECIAL REPORT One year later Some still hurting but most City sets rebuilding deadline Property owners could be called to standards board BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels has grown impatient with some residents who have let their flooddamaged property sit for they need more time and understanding We lost everything we Leonard Dixon said And the city thinks you can wave a magic wand and fix Dixon who lived at 1493 Sleepy Hollow at the time of the October 1998 flood said 16 feet of water went through his home knocking its worth down from to Friends have helped with cleanup and the Federal Emergency Management Agency gave Dixon his wife and two children to replace the contents of the home and to rebuild Its not he said Financially its been a problem Were just trying to stay above water as the saying The city has put added pressure on the situation he said with a recent letter giving him 30 days or until todays anniversary of the flood to demolish his home or obtain the necessary permits to rebuild it Those who dont comply could face a hearing in front of the citys Building Standards Commission which could vote to demolish the structure at the owners expense Dixon said he was trying to sell his property but the citys oneyear timeline was too strict The city has been very unfair about he said People just cant financially do City attorney Floyd Akers said he sympathized with losses but the city WAI Linda Coble stands on the slab of what used to be her riverfront home on Crest Lane Coble is one of several residents whose homes were damaged in the flood and now are being told they must repair or replace those structures could not be much more lenient We understand people have financial he said But its been a year And we have to be concerned with the health and safety of all the When flooddamaged structures are left as is property values decrease he said And abandoned homes can become unsafe playgrounds for teenagers The city has only sent letters to five homeowners asking for some action but many more residents still have work to do more than the city has targeted with letters The South Texas Flood Recovery Project has canvassed homes and sent out flyers sharing with flood victims what assistance is available More than 40 homes are on South Texas Flood Recovery Projects unmet needs list team manager Kate Holy said That list is forwarded to New Braunfels Rebounds an interfaith non profit flood relief organization that has already repaired more than 30 homes since the flood Because of lack of money and volun teers Rebounds still has 40 homes and maybe more to repair According to the groups director Rev Charles DeHaven Rebounds will be in place at least for the next two years Akers said city officials believed a year was a really long time to allow for rebuilding or demolition Normally wed give them 30 Akers said Were trying to be lenient because this was a tragedy But weve been getting The city has been put in a difficult position Akers said trying to be lenient with flood victims and appease neigh boring homeowners who werent affect ed by the flood or have rebuilt and want their neighbors to do the same But the city has tried to be helpful he said It picked up trash for free for sever al months and offered free building per mits for six months Thats New Braunfels resident See New public library reports brisk business BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Most people didnt waste time merely looking at the New Braun fels Public Library on Saturday they were busy using it Miriam Cooper and her 3year old son Joshua made their way directly to the spacious colorful area the moment the new library first opened its doors to the public at 10 We came straight over Cooper said This is Mother and son found a book Secret Birth day Message by Eric Carle and settled into one of several chairs As Miriam read aloud to her eager child boys and girls swarmed around them pulling books from shelves and leading parents to com puter terminals But the buzz of excited children was hardly audible from outside the room thanks to a glass partition Its nice that the childrenls area is Miriam said I was always worried about the children being too The Coopers were only two of PERI New Braunfels Public Library Advisory Board president Julia Ousley left helps Mayor Stoney Williams open the citys new library Early voting begins Monday for NBISD board amendments BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Registered voters will begin casting ballots Monday on 17 propositions to amend the state constitution and a local school board trustee Candidate election forum set The Nov2 constitutional Page 4A amendment election pro poses among other things providing million to finance education loans to students and exempting leasing cars for personal use from property taxes District 5 voters in New Braunfels Inde pendent School District also will cast ballots in See EARLY VOTINGflOA   

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