New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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District 3 candidate Edward Sciantarelli said his work in civic and church organizations has given him “valuable experience in working with a large segment of the community.
“This experience will prove invaluable in working on Council to represent the best interest of our citizens,” he said. “In the coming months, our community will face many complex issues associated with growth. I can’t profess to know all the answers, but I do believe that having lived and worked in this community for IO years, I have some insight into the ideals of individual freedeom that have been vital to this community’s heritage.”
Simpson, also a District 3 candidate, said he is an advocate of individual rights and called himself a conservationist. He said he is not concerned about the growth the city is experiencing, but about the nature of the economic growth. The community, Simpson said, should “become uniform in planning to broaden the tax base and provide employment.”
Simpson, a three-year resident, said he can add a freshness to City Council because of his newness to the community.
F. Darrell Sollberger, the third district 3 candidate, said he believes there are three major problems in New Braunfels — water, the need for long-range planning, and the need for an informed public. The community needs, he said, “an informed public with strong future planning (which provides) quality jobs, reasonable and stable tax rates, and a superior living environment.”
District 4, also a three-man race, has Rick Siedel, George Erben, and Moore facing each other.
Monday, Erben said, the number one concern is growth, and control of that growth can be gained by city leaders being actors rather than reactors. “That can be accomplished by working together,” he said, advocating long-range planning by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Erben said the city should protect the property rights of people brought into the city through annexation and of property owners along the rivers.
Seidel said he believes that when inevitable growth is controlled and managed, it can be a “rewarding experience.” A community’s uniqueness and charm can be planned for and included in the growth program.
Seidel, who said City Council needs a person with new ideas, also calls for a strong drainage master plan and
directions for a new sewage treatment plant.
Moore said that as New Braunfels grows, “we need to take a good, hard look at what other cities have done — landscaping requirements for community development, aesthetic standards for buildings, protecting historical districts.” Moore said it is hard to attract good, clean industry into an area that has outdated zoning codes. “I will continue to advocate strong pollution controls for our city, and strong zoning and building codes,” said.
Some of the questions from the audience were aimed at all candidates. Here is a sampling:
“What are the priorities for the community and where are the funds to come from?”
Sciantarelli: (Dr. Sciantarelli had to leave the forum early, but was asked the same questions in a telephone interview this morning.) “Sound management of the environmental growth by developing an adequate water program, diverse industrial base and at the same time preserving clean air and rivers for our use and the use of our children. If we had a sound economic and industrial base, it would generate that income.”
Sollberger: “Water is the most important, we’ve got to have an alternate source. Second is parks and recreation for the local citizens, in conjunction with capital improvement projects. The funds will probably be included in a bond issue.”
Simpson: “To help the aesthetic beauty of a city with the new people coming in. The streets need repair, drainage needs taking care of, and most of this is going to have to come through a bond issue.
Moore: “We do need to provide the basic city services, the main priority is providing a future for citizens and families by providing jobs. This bond issue will be the first of several and we’ll need to be careful so we have the capacity to issue future bonds.” Erben: “I think the most important priority would be the cleaning up and great steps have been taken by property owners and river merchants in getting together and working out problems. The sales tax, we really need to touch on and I’m in favor of tourism year-round and the winter visitors and the money they spend in hotels and motels is passed into the community.”
Seidel: “My one word would be respect for all factions of the community — tourists, water, other peoples’ rights, businesses. We will have to respect each other in what we10.10
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need and we can all work together.” “City Council has proposed a shopping list (for the bond issue). Should the Council restrict the items presented or let the voters decide?” Sciantarelli: “I have come out saying we don’t need to raise taxes for things that don’t benefit the entire community.”
Sollberger: “All the items
discussed to this point should be included.”
Simpson: “Everything that is
listed is not for every voter. We should have the choice to pick.” Moore: “I think we should let the voters decide, giving them the facts they need to make a decision.”
Erben: “I feel the voters ought to have the opportunity. The way it’s presented is an excellent way. Ifs not going to be for everyone.”
Seidel: “Let the voters decide. And we ought to leave an open blank so they can also list another problem they think needs to be addressed."
“Given our location on the corridor, do you feel industry' is moving into this area as you expected?”
Sciantarelli: “I think it’s moving in slower. We haven’t had a new industry here, Monthard was the first in quite a while. We need to formulate some program to bring in good, clean industry with good-paying jobs.”
Sollberger: “Yes, we’ve been
attracting our share, because we have a blend in the low-scale wage earners and the higher level.” Simpson: “No, industry has not come in as expected. ”
Moore: “I don’t think we’ve attracted our fair share of industry. We need quality industry' — the $7 to $10 per hour industry instead of the $2 to $5 per hour industry.”
Erben: “We haven’t attracted as much as I’d like to see. It’s difficult to compete with San Marcos who buys electricity directly from sources like LCRA.”
Seidel: “Industry is going
somewhere else. Why industry is going somewhere else, I don’t know.”
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Zamora believes that all parts of the community need to forgive and forget the problems that led to conflicts in the past and work together to provide the best education possible for all of the children of New Braunfels.
“We can have differences of opinion and we are bound to, but we have established the ground work that can allow us to build trust and communication between the different cultures here. We all need each other,” Zamora said.
An an example he pointed out that the Mexican-American community had a higher drop-out rate and a higher truancy rate than the Anglo community.
“With H.B. (House Bill) 72’s formula for state funding depending so heavily on the ADA (average daily attendance), thiA is not just a problem of the Mexican-American community. It affects the finances of the entire district,” Zamora pointed out.
But without an education the talents of young people will never be developed, and Zamora felt the high dropout rate made an especially heavy impact on the hopes and aspirations of the Mexican American community.
He remembered when the school district had a truant
officer, Arthur Marriguin, now with the Texas Education Agency, but when he left the position was not continued.
“A lot of our children, a higher percentage, are not showing up at school. Eventually they drop out when they get too far behind. We had a truant officer, and when they discontinued that position, I feel the Mexican American community lost out,” Zamora said.
The candidate felt that the right person in that position could be the link between parents and school authorities, showing the district’s concern for every child’s participation in school.
Other aspects of HB 72 are not all positive, he said, voicing the concern of many parents about the strict rules for student participation in extracurricular activities.
“But using common sense, we can solve the areas that seem too rigid,” Zamora said.
He expressed confidence in the present school administrators’ abilities and willingness to hear from the Mexican-American community.
“I think Mr. (Supt. Charles) Bradberry is concerned with all the children of the district and I am very willing to work with him on any level, especially to solve the problems of my district," Zamora said.★ Brumbelow.
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it without over-burdening the taxpayers,” Brumbelow said. “By 1990 the population here is suppose to double.”
The education reform bill, H.B. 72, has accomplished some good by emphasizing the importance of learning. But in the short run. it may have added to the problems that all school districts are burdened with from financial to teacher satisfaction. But Brumbelow feels the answer lies within the school district.
“There are going to have to be modifications in the bill. We do not want to remove the only incentive some kids have for continuing to stay in school.” Brumbelow said.
Much of the adjustment will have to come from a common-sense approach that reflects the priorities and philosophy of NBISD.
“The bill has thrown a cloud over everything, but ifs time to take the bull by the horns,” Brumbelow suggested.
Until the state board of education can give some consistant rulings, he felt the district should examine the law. its intent and what is best for the kids, then the school board and administration should come up with its own interpretations.
“To continue to call them (Board of Education) and get conflicting opinions seems to be self-defeating and frustrating,’’ he said. “We need to provide some stability for our teachers and students that the state agency is unable to give.”
The candidate also said he planned to encourage more interaction between NBISD and CISD.
"We are a community — New Braunfels and the entire county. We need to sit down, get our programs together, and communicate areas of similar needs.” Brumbelow said.
The recent Comal County Youth Fair was a perfect example: both school districts are involved in it and both could have been operating under the same rule of participation since both were interpreting the same law.
Brumbelow said he wanted to represent all the people in his district, including Anglos and Mexican-Americans.
“If I am elected I plan to be responsive to any visits, phone calls in my business or at home," the candidate said.
To gather the concerns of the Mexican-American constituents. Brumbelow said he has had input from some of their leaders in the community.★ No-play.
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school trips because of the ruling.
Parker offered an amendment Monday that would give the state board authority to decide what period would be used in considering grades before a suspension was ordered. It also would exempt cer
tain “honors” courses from consideration.
Sen. Kent Caperton, D-College Station, at first offered an amendment that would let the state board shorten the grading period to three weeks but withdrew his amendment to support Parker’s.
Also left pending Monday was an amendment by Sen. Bill Sarpalius. D-Canyon, that would allow a student to be suspended only until a grade is made up.
“The board has said all along it w ill be responsive to w hat the Legislature
and the governor want," Commissioner of Education W.N. Kirby said after the Senate committee session “We have said all along we thought the law said six weeks but if we get an expression from the House and Senate and governor w e will take another look at it.”
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