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ISA Corpus Cliristi, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 23, 1070 STORM Continued from Page 1 with other parts of the country." He said most property owners have been cooperative during his visits to inspect damage. ness for a while, you get to recognize most of them." They rustled to Corpus Christi "Usually, they are very specific in response to a phone call, al-|j n listing their losses," he said. "The great majority aren't out to get the insurance company-with such tremendous destruction, you find that people are less likely to throw in items which weren't caused by the storm." though many who had beer watching the progress of tin hurricane had anticipated a dis aster while waiting for thi storm to make a landfall. "I work an average of s! months a year," Monk said "The res$ of the tinae,?! plaj golf.'v ·( · , ; . · At Oris -J]ome in? San .'Angelo where his wife teaches''in the public schools, he keeps a pack aged kit of household supplies including dishes, pots and pans and" A - ' out ciha^--.,-_ ,. Monk was on- his way to Corpus Christi the morning after the hurricane. Living relatively close to the disaster area, he was able to get here by car within a few hours. Adjusters from other states poured in by plane, bus and, in some cases where connections were missed a few hitched rides along the way. The devastation was far greater than most of them had expected. "There was no comparison with Beulah--if it hadn'1 been for the rain damage in that storm, there would have been few major claims," Monk said. ' Wind Devastation "I worked Camille, too, where the biggest damage was caused by the tidal assault. You just didn't see the devastation by the wind that you see in this area." The catastrophe adjusters' first order of business was to find a place to light once they reached Corpus Christi. "There wasn't a room in a motel in the downtown area," Monk said. "One of them fixed tip a dormitory for 50 men, but that was overflowing when we got there." He and an adjuster he recognized from a previous disaster assignment lucked up at a heavily damaged motel on the outskirts of town. Eventually, he found an apartment in the downtown area. The catastrophe adjusters are summoned by local adjusting offices which, in turn, provide damage estimates for various insurance agencies: The service · - . A Critical Litok saidithjat^a natural disaster such as ' Hurricane Celia may prompt a man to take his first critical look at his property in years! 'ffe^ll notice a Airline , ing of c ung IB the foundation, and usually ifie's satisfied when you show him that paint inside the crack indicates it was there for a long time." So far, he said, most property owners have seemed agreeable to the damage estimates provided by the adjusters. He said those with a heavy loss are concerned that inflation might boost the repair bill higher than the insurance payment. "Rumors that materials are running short and that. labor costs are skyrocketing usually hit about two weeks after a disaster like this one," Monk said. 'They die down after about a month when people realize that t just isn't so." Costs Generally Stable Although fly-by-night opera- ors might try to make a killing during the confusion of a disas- $ "W. MtfNK a trail of disasters the complete^ repairs have .been SCHOOLS Continued from Page 1 mentary schools be left unto be in usable condition when classes begin Thursday. A suit was filed in federal court July 22, 1968, charging Corpus Christi schools with segr regaling both Negro and Mexican-American children along racial and ethnic lines. The case was tried before Seals, without a jury, starting last May and ending on June 4 At the end of the trial, Seals entered a partial judgment in which he American held that children Mexican in loca schools are "separated and seg regated to a degree prohibited by the 14th Amendment." approved byf the lending agai-'' Committee of 12 The traveling adjusters work long hours while in a disaster area. "I suppose I've been putting in 16 'hours a day," he said. "Get up about 5 o'clock, do paper work left over from the day before, check in at the office about 8 o'clock, pickup the day's calls and work until just before dark, between 7 and 8 o'clock at night. By 11, I'm ready for bed." Local Adjusters Snowed He estimated that 500 adjusters were drafted from other parts of the country to work on Hurricane Celia. "We're doing virtually all of the hurricane claim work," he said. "The local adjusters are snowed under with run-of-the-mill business." Many property owners Save requested that a local adjuster be sent out to assess their darner h saw that er, ne tdiu nidi generally £enci«i.y " There ' s no , . , ,, emain stable during the recov- ?»*?. prv nprind "A «ood solid con- WIUUK ' r t? et °n- J tim P in § r a c t o r n ' t afford /olved i£ anv k nd ' o f /oivea in any Kina or quick scheme,'- he said. get it could be "With the claims suddenly per cent, it would |. take at least three years for the local staff to cover what we'll volume of -Monk said that his estimates sometimes do not .agree with hose presented wner who has be able to do in three months." He said practically every local adjusting agency has set up a o w n r -w s j . to d ^ exdusvely with contractor. Contractors fre- . ,,,,* _ uently make a lump sum esti- ute, while the adjusters must tenure the cost 01 eacn detail of he job. "On one job, the vner gave me a stimate for more than ar more than what I had fig- wise W0uld be hopelessly Iost the shuffle. Sw£ " A typical adjusting service is set up with just so many people to do a certain amount of work during normal times," Monk comes as part of the insurance ured," he said. "So, I asked that said ? Wnen something like this _ _ i _ _ _ Vin r»nr»fi"jnfrm* f c- OctimDto Ho . .. ° . . . uses value ;age. onk said fees of the adjus- are calculated on a combi- an of time spent on the job the type of property being ected. He was commissioned this assignment by The Og- Co., a general insurance ad- ng firm. Confer With Builder ;forc going into tbe field to mate the damage, the out- wn adjusters confer with tractors, b u i l d i n g supply ers and insurance men to ·rmine. local variations in the of repairs. hese conferences result in a e guide which the adjuster 5 in itemizing the market ie of properly which was laged or destroyed. The list tains hundreds of items, E^ing from the cost of sheet- to the going rate for a inetmaker. These 'costs will vary from end of the country to the jr," Monk said. ''In general / will be a bit higher here n they are in West Texas, but v aren't too far out of line ,.^i1^e£^Jte»iji-^ r " ^SPECIAL ' FACTORY PURCHASE! '. THICK IOAD OF IIAHO »]H^ W NEW MHOS.... JM^K / FANTASTIC SAVIN6S! flflr^T gk PASSED ONTO TOD... I « I I tf temized before coming to a decision. When I got the itemized estimate, the total was upped to about $13,000-- including nearly 1,000 square feet of floor tile for a 1,000-squ are-foot house." After the catastrophe adjuster completes his inspection, he pro- 'ides the property owner with a proof of loss statement which must be signed and forwarded to the insurance company. The adjuster attaches an itemized list of the damages. The insurance company, in turn, issues a draft to cover the cost of approved claims. The usual casualty insurance policy does not cover the first $100 in damages. The insurance check goes to the property owner, but it must be cosigned by any mortgage holder before it can be cashed. T h i s technicality distresses many policy holders who expected to have the money in the bank before beginning their re- pains. "In many cases, the property owner can't get the money until comes along, there would b chaos without calling in outsid help." Because the catastrophe ac lusters deal almost exclusive! with storm damage, they ar lighly prized by the insuranc industry in a calamity such a Hurricane Celia. Without then- property owners might wait i line for years before being abl to settle a claim. "In a way, we're like undei takers," Monk said. "We're ne essary. Without us, you coul never finish a job like the or we face with Hurricane Celia. Former Resident Dies in California A. J. Pouncey of Monrovi Calif., a former resident of Co pus Christi, died at Friday in Long Beach, Calif, hospital. Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Port* Loring Funeral Home in Sa Antonio. Burial witii militai honors will be in the Ft. Ha Houston Cemetery. For f^b* TRAVELERS INSURANCE ^ f % Call HJP' Wi GEORGE PETERS AGENCY Bit id ·84.2934 PPfifcl 1 CC Stafo National Building A liL be In his judgement, Seals ordered the formation of a human relations committee of 12 persons to be chosen from names submitted by the parties to the suit and having equal representation for the Mexican, Negro and Anglo segments of the community. In addition to asking both the ·plaintiffs and the defendant school district to submit proposed plans for desegregation, Seals asked that the Committee of 12 investigate, consult arid counsel with the school board in attempting to achieve a unitary school system. The court set July 15 as the deadline for plans for desegregation to be filed"by the.plain tiffs and defendants. On July 15, the school board adopted a plan and filed it. Early last week the plaintiffs filed a plan based on a map showing'the ethnic distribution of the entire school district. Close Beach School The school ..district plan proposed the closing of Beach School (which subsequently was almost demolished by the hurricane) and the changing of school attendance zone lines for several elementary, junior and senior high schools. The plaintiffs first filed, on July 15, a list of suggestions for a unitary school system and last Monday filed a formal plan jased on the ethnic distribution map. The plaintiffs' plan basically follows a plan outlined by Dr. lordon Foster of Coral Gables, la., when he testified during the trial here. It calls for the closing of Beach, Crassley and Washington ichools and changing Coles Junior High School to an elementary school to house children now attending Beach and Washing- on. It proposes that 125 children now going to Crossley be assigned to Oak Park, 110 to Savage and 234 to Gibson. The plan also calls for the realignment of some attendance zone lines and for the pairing or grouping of 23 elementary schools'to change their changed. Among them are four in which 90 per cent or more of the pupils are Mexican-American. The schools and their Mexican-American percentages are Chula Vista, 96.6 per cent; Crockett, 90.7; Evans, 93.1, and Prescott, 95.3. Alvino Campos, chairman o! the Committee of 12, said thai after studying 'the plan submitted by the school district the committee wrote a letter to Seals giving the committee's comments on the plan. He said the committee Ls stil studying the plaintiffs' plan and hopes to send Seals its comments on this plan early during the coming week. Not Bound In a meeting with the committee on July 29, Seals told the dan's King Hussein have "in ef- . _ . « . * i i . ? _ fftfti- Tr\r\tiAir\-t-f\A c*MnV\ Ttv*ns)finil i n committee members that he is not bound to follow the committee's recommendation. "I am bound by the law," he said, "but I want you to be honest and tell me exactly what this committee feels." He also told the committee that after both sides in the suit have submitted their plans he will conduct a hearing for oral arguments by attorneys. "We cannot be guided by what other cities in Texas do," Seals told the 'committee. "We are not bound by it, at. least. We might groups who ti£^!or|,plaMts and then added, ""You- might : have something to say to them." This remark came after he told the committee, "I hope that you will be able to do more in explaining things to the public so the public will understand the problems that we are struggling with now." NEWSMEN Continued from Page 1 Anson, 25, who was captured by Viet Cong Aug. 3 while driving alone near the Cambodian city of Skoun. The others being freed ivere reported to be Dutch and French. Sihanouk said his army was reeing "four reporters includ- ng Mr. Anson." He added: "We will continue our efforts to locate and free the others." .Richard Dudman of the St. ,ouis Post-Dispatch, Michael Morrow of Dispatch News Service and Elizabeth Pond of the Christian Science Monitor were released in June after 43 days of captivity. Two Americans, Gerald Miller and George Syvertsen, both of CBS, were slain after they in- FULBRIGHT Continued from Page 1 day, but its text was released for publication Saturday. The Middle East speech was built around the basic theme in Fulbright's foreign policy thinking that the U.S. must continuously discard "old myths" about the world to face the "new realities." He rejected 'as "myths" the Israeli fears -- he called them "obsessive" and touched with "paranoia" -- that the Arabs are still determined to destroy the Jewish state and he charged that "the Arabs do nothing to allay this fear with extravagant talk about "holy wars' and- about throwing the Jews into the sea." Fulbright said that both President Gamal Abdel Nasser of the United Arab Republic- and Jor- fect, repudiated such Draconian threats, but. the Israelis seem not to have noticed the disavowals." Addressing himself to the forthcoming Middle East peace talks, expected to open at the United Nations next week in the wake of the two-week-old cease- fire between Israel and the UAR and Jordan, Fulbright appealed to the Israelis-to. take the first step toward a lasting settlement. The talks are to be conducted by Ambassador Gunnar V. Jar- get some 'help as to what's done ring, the United Nations special ~ , - c · ,,, ·· antiniT fn»» th^ UntHriiA T?T»c?f T?nli in other places. IV e have a unique situation here." He advised the committee to consider the cost of transportation -and consider transportation problems if any busing is necessary to achieve integration. He also urged them to 'listen to. any envoy for the Middle East. Fulbright said that "as Ambassador Jarring's -renewed mediation gets under way, the first important move will'probably be up to Israel, which as the military victor of the moment can reasonably be expected to initiate fhe bajgain^g -with"- a '-deraoH- stpatiori of -flexibility; if -not indeed of magnanimity." "If there has ever been an issue which is ripe and appropriate for peaceful settlement under-United Nations auspices, it is the conflict between Israel and the Arabs," Fulbright said. He said the. U.N. Security Council resolution of Nov. 22, 1967, should be the framework or that settlement--and that means Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territory occupied in the Six-Day War. In return, Fulbright said, Israel "would be entitled to firm and specific guarantees of her security. "One such guarantee might be :he stationing of sizable United Mations forces in militarily neutralized zones on both sides of ;he borders at all of tfie points which are critical to Israel's security," he said. F u l b r i g h t suggested U.N. 'orccs be posted on the Golan heights, the west bank of the Jordan River, the Gaza Strip, and at the entrance to the Strait of Tiran. MCTXOM LINE Continued from Page 1 pratic college and how do I contact them? R.A. School starts tomorrow at the Texas Chiropractic College, 5912 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas. A local chiropractor should have called on you by now to give you assistance. The college is a six-year course of study. The first two years are basic science courses. Then there are four years in chiropractic college. Your science credits will apply to the college science courses. · · · A year ago we answered an advertisement by National Sup- BEACH Continued from Page 1 after the hurricane. He reported that only slight damage had been done-to the park. Although business had picked up slightly this weekend, a sporting goods and ait sales spot at the "gate" to Padre Island reported that business had 'very definitely" fallen off since Hurricane Celia. Familiar with scenes hi other summers of cars stacked up when the Intracoastal Canal swing bridge is closed, he said cars are "just racing by now." Another, bait dealer on the In-i tracoastif Canal reported that while earlier in the summer it was possible at times to-count almost 200 cars an hour making their way onto the island, now the heaviest count is around 40 to 50 cars an hour. VIETNAM Continued from Page 1 Viet Cong units rocket range of namese and were within Phnom Penh. In Saigon, South Vietnamese headquarters announced it had closed out a 10-day operation in Cambodia aimed at blocking enemy infiltration routes across the frontier to Vietnam's War Zone C, north of Saigon. A com- munique claimed 47 enemy tilled and 41 weapons captured. South Vietnamese losses were put at 15 killed and 78 wounded. A spokesman said withdrawal of the 1,500 troops in the operation left 16,000 South Vietnamese soldiers still operating in Cambodia. pliers Corp. in Sait Lake City for 25 candy machines and we paid them $4,151 The machines were never delivered. They returned out registered letters unclaimed. We have tried calling, but can never call anyone but a secretary. J.B.L., Alice. The Better Business Bureau says they have had several inquiries about this firm, but no complaints. Now they have a complaint. · · · I applied for a Small Business Administration loan. I was told the interest was three per cent and the loans are to be used to repair and replace my home and personal property as it was before Hurricane Ceiia. I filled out aU the forms and was called by the SBA and told I could only get half my loan and the interest would be 6% per cent. I feel like this is false advertising. I want nothing more than to replace our home that was a total loss. We did not have enough insurance to cover full replacement. J.S. You shouldn't have been told that the interest rate was three per cent until your financial situation had been reviewed. The rate is three per cent unless the borrower has resources of his own that could be used. To find the amount allowed, multiply ?1,000 tunes the number of tax exemptions listed on the 1969 tax return. Money in excess of that amount is considered resources you can use. There are exceptions for undue hardship. If you are elderly or if you have children in or to enter college, the loan may still be for three per cent. The 6% per cent is the average interest on money paid during the last fiscal year, a SBA spokesman says. The SBA may have received some unsolicited advertising, but has issued none of its own, he says. · · o In June, I sent a Dallas insurance company a check for $56.1 received the policy, but returned it in about a week. I was told my request for refund was being processed but 1 never received it. Mrs. F.B.G. You have your refund now. · 0 » Action Line serves readers of The Times by (jetting answers, solving problems nnd cuttins red tape. Action Line wants every citizen io be treated fairly. If you need help, write to Action Line, The Corpus Christi Times, P. O. Box W6, Corpus Christ! 7M08. Please include o telephone number where you can be reached. Time and space available limit the number of letters which we con answer. ethnic balances. truded into enemy-held territory It recommends that 13 ele- in Cambodia. at SAVE Of TO 5364.00 8EBUILD t nmm PIANOS t. 16345. STAPLES At 6 fit. 8 8 3 - 1 8 4 1 JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL PRE-SCHOOL A Few Openings for Four Year Old Boys or Girls Phone 855-6239 THERE WHEN YOU NEED US NOW WE NEED YOU Your Corpus Christi Firefighters climb a lot of ladders, but when it comes to their pay scale, they seem to be stuck on the lowest rung. In fact, though Corpus Christi's Fire Department is rated tops in efficiency in Texas, we're actually 18th from the top on the pay scale for cities of our size. On September 12th we'll be asking you, the citizens we serve for a living wage. We're there when you need us. Now we need YOU SUPPORT YOUR CORPUS CHRISTI FIREFIGHTERS (P4 far bv .your Orpin hrUll BLEDSOE MUSIC CO. ANNIVERSARY SALE! We were fortunate in not having any wind or water damage as a result of Hurricane Celia. We have an unlimited stock of name brand band instruments, pianos, organs, and musical accessories, and are in a position to make immediate deliveries. Many, many- bargains during this sale. 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