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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEiTUNG Vol 148 No 253 14 pages in 2 sections November 9 1999 TT Serving Comal County since 1852 Garbage truck accident causes FM 725 closure 50 cents BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A section of FarmToMarket Road 725 in McQueeney will be closed for at least one month to repair a Union Pacific Railroad bridge that was hit by a garbage collection truck Friday afternoon However detours will cost commuters an Union Street detour map Page 5A extra 10 to 20 minutes each way and drivers are encouraged to take Texas 46 as an alter native route to Seguin The truck driven by a Seguin man was traveling southbound on 725 about when the accident occurred Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Herron said Reports indicated the driver neglected to lower a hydraulic lift on the truck before try ing to drive under the bridge causing the vehicle to exceed the 14 feet 3 inch clear ance by about four or five inches The driver tried to control the truck by veering to the left but then passed out because of the impact the truck to cross over to the northbound lane of the road and strike an empty vehicle in a near by parking lot Herron said Because of the crash a concrete which is part of the underpass of the See WAI Temporary supports hold up the railroad bridge over FM 725 Local residents remember The wall came tumbling down SUHRHOLLIS Today marks 10year anniversary of the fall of the wall of Berlin BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer On the afternoon of Nov local resi dent and German native Helgard SuhrHollis returned home after a luncheon in San Antonio and found 15 messages on her answering machine I usually get about two or three calls but I had 15 mes sages and I was worried there something wrong with my she said Hollis said the messages were all from her friends urg ing her to turn on the televi sion Hollis who was born in East Germany and grew up in West Germany said the sight on her television screen made her both laugh and cry Television stations around the world were broadcasting pictures from Europe where thou sands of East Germans made their way through open checkpoints along the Berlin Wall On that day in 1989 East German television announced that East German citizens could travel without restriction to the west After 28 years the Berlin Wall was open Today the 10year anniver sary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will go by without fan fare Several local German teachers said they would review the events on Nov 9 1989 with their classes but there would be no special cel ebrations But for many Ger man natives now living in New Braunfels the events that unfolded on that day 10 years ago will never be forgotten The Fall of the Berlin Wall The people of East Germany lived with the Berlin Wall for more than a quarter of a century but in the 1980s the Cold War began to thaw setting off a number of events In May 1989 Hungary opened its borders to Austria but the newly opened border remained WITTING AP Photomromas Kienzle Berliners sing and dance on top of The Berlin Wall to celebrate the open ing of EastWest German borders in November 1989 Built in 1961 of barbed wire and concrete the wall divided Berlin becoming the most powerful symbol of The Cold War It prevented East Germans from freely traveling or migrating to the West Germans honor George Bush Page 3A off limits to East Germans In September 1989 Hungary allowed East German refugees to cross into Austria and thou sands crossed over into the west Other refugees slept on the grounds of the West German Embassy in Prague In October 1989 East Germans conducted candlelight vigils and thousands took to the streets protesting Finally on Nov the East German government gave in allowing East Germans to cross over to the west See A BERLIN WALL May World War II is over and Berlin is divided into four sectors the American British French in the West and the Soviet in the East June Soviets blockade Berlins western sectors May All connections from West Berlin to the western zones are blocked Summer 1952 The border Interzonengrenze between East and West Germany is closed Only in Berlin is the border still open Aug The Berlin sectorial borders are closed barriers are built Aug Brandenburg Gate is closed Aug All crossing points are closed for West Berlin citizens Dec West Berliner citizen can visit East Berlin for the first time after more than two years Sept Four Powers Agreement over Berlin visiting becomes easier for West Berliners Sept Hungarian govern ment opens border for East German refugees Nov Berlin Wall is opened Dec Brandenburg Gate is opened Source The Berlin Wall and Cold War Archives Council votes to enforce flood damage deadline City workers get 5 percent pay raise bond meeting set BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels city staff will continue pushing local families to bring their flooddamaged properties into compliance although many other families have yet fo repair their homes Unless council says otherwise we are going to press the two city manager Mike Shands said Council considered Monday extending the oneyear deadline set for the families but decided to take no The reality of the situation is much different than what is Dis trict 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said He said the issue had been mis portrayed in local media exaggerating the scope of the problem Five homeowners were targeted with letters from the city giving them one year or until the anniversary of the flood on Oct 17 to rebuild sell or demolish their flooddamaged homes Thats less than onehalf of 1 percent of the flood vic Shands said And three of those homeowners have two have not he said But the city only targeted homeowners when it received complaints And plenty of other homeowners in New Braunfels still have work to do More than 40 homes are on South Texas Flood Recov ery Projects unmet needs list team manager Kate Holy said And even that list wasnt exhaustive she said Council and city staff did not say whether they would look at applying the oneyear deadline across the board But the Dixon family who lived at 1493 Sleepy Hollow at the time of the October 1998 flood and the Sparkman family who lived at 245 Rio Drive must comply soon Shands said the next step would be to take these famit lies before the Building Standards Commission which could vote to demolish the structures at the owners expense District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said We feel foij these people but you start to worry about the health and safety of kids and the I Shands said 1493 Sleepy Hollow needed to be boardedj and secured and 245 Rio Drive needed to be rebuilt off demolished In other action Monday council voted to give city staff a 5 percent acrosstheboard raise a move that will cost the city annually and decided to meet at 6 on Nov 15 to discuss possible bond issue projects VANSTORY Biggadike to lead NBISD board BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Trustee Bill Biggadike will serve as the new president of the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board of trustees Trustees approved electing Biggadike as president in a unanimous vote Monday night Trustee Sylvia Sanchez was absent Trustee Bette Spain who was the past president will now serve as vice president Sanchez was approved as the new secretary and trustee Jim Callahan will keep his posi tion as treasurer NBISD trustees reorganized the board Monday night after swearing in new board members Sue Hahn and Lee Edwards Hahn defeated local res ident Jim Gabbard for the district 5 seat on Nov 2 Edwards ran unopposed for the District 3 seat The board declared Edwards elected to office and can celled the district 3 elec tion Oct 5 Hahn and Edwards will replace trustees Steve Weaver and Carlos Campos respec tively Weaver and Campos were elected in August 19 and served one threeyear term BIGGADIKE INSIDE Key code 76 Census 2000 focus of workshop BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Community members are invited to attend a Census 2000 workshop Wednes day to learn about the census process and how it relates to funding for education health housing and other federal pro grams The meeting will take place at 7 at the Comal County Annex Building 150 N Seguin Suite 101 Every year more than billion in federal funds are awarded to localities based on census numbers according to the United States Census Bureau During the 1990 census Hispanics were one of the most undercounted populations in the nation resulting in the loss of mil lions of dollars in resources that would have gone to children and local neighbor hoods said Comal County Commission er Cristina Zamora Representatives from the Census Bureau will discuss the importance of an accurate census count and the statewide effort to obtain a complete count in the year 2000 said Gilbert Chavez a com munity partnership representative for the US Census Bureau The US census is conducted every 10 years
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