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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas VIV NEW BiBUUIKIFEL 20332 MO DQ 10/2 2/0 0    6Q SO ■ ■ UR S T ii IC RO PU BL I SH I NG 2627 E YR NJ) EL'Ll. DRHerald-Zeh uiNG r    ■    ■    ■    '    ■    ~~    '    :    '    •    /'........-V ........ ^-  — ! >Vol. 148, No. 253 14 pages in 2 sections November 9, 1999 DAY SerV'n8 G°mal County since 1852    50    ccnts Council votes ; to enforce flood damage deadline Local residents remember when...The wall came tumbling down Garbage truck accident By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A section of Farm-To-Market 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 IO to 20 minutes each way, and drivers are encouraged to take Texas 46 as an alternative route to Seguin. The truck, driven by a Seguin man, was traveling southbound on F.M. 725 about causes FM 725 closure 11:30 a.m. 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 trying to drive under the bridge, causing the vehicle to exceed the 14 feet 3 inch clearance 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 —causing the truck to cross over to the northbound lane of the road and strike an empty vehicle in a nearby parking lot, Herron said. Because of the crash, a concrete span— which is part of the underpass of the See CLOSURE/5A WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Temporary supports hold up the railroad bridge over FM 725.    ; City workers get 5 percent pay raise; bond meeting set By Peri Stone-PALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels city staff will continue pushing two local families to bring their flood-damaged properties into compliance, although many other families have yet to repair their homes. “Unless council says otherwise, we are going to press (the two families),” city manager Mike Shands said. Council considered Monday extending the one-year deadline set for the families but decided to take no action. “The reality of the situation is much different than what is perceived,” District 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 VANSTORY year — or unt^ the anniversary of the flood on Oct. 17 — to rebuild, sell or demolish their flood-damaged homes. “That’s less than one-half of I percent of the flood victims,” Shands said. And three of those homeowners have complied — only 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 Recovery Project’s “unmet needs” list, team manager Kate Holy said. And even that list wasn’t exhaustive, she said. Council and city staff did not say w hether they would look at applying the one-year 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 families before the Building Standards Commission, which could vote to demolish the structures at the owners’; expense. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said, “We feel for these people, but you start to worry about the health and safety of kids and the public.”    J Shands said 1493 Sleepy Hollow needed to be boarded and secured, and 245 Rio Drive needed to be rebuilt on demolished. In other action Monday, council voted to give city staff a 5 percent across-the-board raise — a move that will cost the city $580,000 annually — and decided to meet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 to discuss possible bond issue projects. Berlin Wall May 8,1945 — World War ll is over and Berlin is divided into four sectors: the American, British, French in the West and the Soviet in the East June 24,1948 — Soviets blockade Berlin's western sectors. May 12,1949 — 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. 13,1961 — The Berlin sectorial borders are closed: barriers are built. Aug. 14,1961 -Brandenburg Gate is closed. Aug. 26,1961 — All crossing points are closed for West Berlin citizens. Dec. 17,1963 — West Berliner citizen can visit East Berlin for the first time after more than two years. Sept. 3,1971 — Four Powers Agreement over; Berlin visiting becomes easier for West Berliners. Sept. 10,1989— Hunganan government opens border for East German refugees. Nov. 9,1989 — Berlin Wall is opened. Dec. 2,1989 — Brandenburg Gate is opened. Source: The Berlin Wall and Cold War Archives Today marks 10-year anniversary of the fall of the wall of Berlin By Heather Todd Staff Writer (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle) Berliners sing and dance on top of The Berlin Wall to celebrate the opening of East-West 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 thousands 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. 9,1989, the East German government gave in, allowing East Germans to cross over to the west. See WALL/5A On the afternoon of Nov. 9, 1989, local resident and German native Helgard Suhr-Hollis 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 messages and I was worried there something wrong with my family,” she said. Hollis said the messages were all from her friends urging her to turn on the television. QI IWP WHI i IQ Hollis, who was bom in oUnn-nULLio £ast Germany 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- 1 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 10-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will go by without fanfare. Several local German teachers said they would review the events on Nov. 9, 1989, with their classes, but there would be no special cel-WITTING ebrations. But, for many German natives now living in New Braunfels, the events that unfolded on that day IO 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 Biggadike to lead NBISD board By Heather Todd Staff Writer Trustee Bill Biggadike will serve as the new president of the New Braunfels Independent 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 position as treasurer. NBISD trustees reorganized the board Monday night after swearing in new board members Sue Hahn and Lee Edwards. Hahn defeated local resident 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 cancelled the district 3 election Oct. 5. Hahn and Edwards will replace trustees Steve Weaver and Carlos Campos, respectively. Weaver and Campos were elected in August 19% and served one three-year term. BIGGADIKE wmrssmsssi Inside Abby...................................7A Classifieds.....................3-6B Comics...............................8A Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports.............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television...........................8A Key code 76 Census 2000 focus of workshop By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Community members are invited to attend a Census 2000 workshop Wednesday to learn about the census process and how it relates to funding for education, health, housing and other federal programs. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Comal County Annex Building, 150 N. Seguin, Suite 101. Every year, more than $100 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 millions of dollars in resources that would have gone to children and local neighborhoods, said Comal County Commissioner Cristina Zamora. Representatives from the U.S. 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 community partnership representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. The US. census is conducted every IO years. ;