New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Edward Sciantarelli, 35, is a Corpus Christi native. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1971 and from UT dental school in 1975. During a nine-month practice in San Marcos, Sciantarelli began practicing dentistry here with Dr. Mitchell Sacco. He moved here in 1976.
Following the poor economic year experienced by many local businesses in 1984, Council candidiate Edward Sciantarelli said the city and members of the community should work together to develope a strong economy.
“There were problems with the mill (WestPoint Pepperell), and General Portland is down,” he said. “That cuts down the city’s revenue from utilities, which affects our budget.
“We had a bad year for tourism, and it was a bad year for our industries, and we need to consider these.”
Because of the bad year, Sciantarelli said, raising taxes now would be like kicking a dog when he’s down.
“To offset some of our problems, we have to address the issues on the whole,” he said. “The number one beneficial thing is a sound economy.”
And developing a sound economy, he said, can be done
See SCIANTARELLI, Page 14A
Yale J. Simpson, 60, is a Florida native. He attendee college there before serving as headquarters commandant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Florida State Legislative Board, and president of the Florida chapter ol the Steel Service Center Institute in 1972. He presently serves on the city’s Options and Opportunities Committee. He moved to New Braunfels three years ago and for two years has owned Steel Products, which sells steel to farmers, welders, and fabricators in the area.
“We’ve eaten the big red apples and now all the red apples are gone and the wagon needs fixing.”
That’s the rationale Yale Simpson gives for the city’s proposed bond issue. “The passing of the bond issue is necessary; however, the issues should be given to the voters,” Simpson said. “Of course, what’s important is different to all.”
Priorities, although hard to place importance on one point, should be street and drainage improvements, Simpson said.
The bond issue, he explained, is needed to take care of the growth the city already has experienced and the growth that is expected.
_ See SIMPSON, Page 14A
Darrell Sollberger, 38, is a native of Houston. After living in Colorado and Montana, he returned to Texas six years ago and came to New Braunfels two-and-a-half years ago. He is a certified public accountant and works for Epp/er, Guerin and Turner stock brokers.
Darrell Sollberger said his financial expertise would be beneficial to service on City Council. “I have obtained a copy of the city’s audit report, and the current city budget,” he said. “I have (in the past) audited utilities and have done some governmental audits.”
Sollberger said he would like to see a more detailed budget summary presented to Council, which would include the beginning and ending case balances, and surpluses and contingency expenditures from previous periods. “It was most surprising to someone with my background” not to see that information on a budget summary, he said.
“I was looking at the financial situation and there will “by bringing in quality industry, non-polluting industry that provides a large number of good-paying jobs.” Sciantarelli said he has talked to people who are concerned about the approaching city bond issue,
See SOLLBERGER. Page 14A
The three candidates for Qty Council District 3 are profiled above in Part I of our look into the two council races. Part 2 will be the three candidates for the other council seat up for grabs this year — District 4. It will appear Sunday. Absentee voting continues through Tuesday at City Hall.
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 62
March 27,1985 25 Cents
30 Pages — 3 Sections
MX passes House vote
WASHINGTON i AP) — With three votes down and (me to go, House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill says the last hope of stopping spending for the MX missile is to convince conservative Democrats it bears too high a cost.
"That’s the only argument we’ve got out there,” O'Neill said rn the aftermath of the slender 219-213 vote by which the House on Tuesday voted to authorize $1.5 billion to build a second installment of 21 MX nussiles.
“Certainly, we’re going to try and switch it around,” the speaker said. “It comes down to the fact that a lot of conservatives rn my party will have to look at the price tag.”
Other Democrats called the vote "the high-water mark" for the missile system.
They predicted that even if the House votes to appropriate the money, future administration requests for the MX will be slashed and President Reagan will never get the fleet of IOO MX missiles
The second vote, to actually appropnate the MX money, was expected today or Thursday.
Critics argued that MX. which stands for Missile Experimental but which Reagan calls “the Peacekeeper,” is too expensive, too vulnerable to Soviet attack, and too likely to destabilize the ll S.-Soviet nuclear balance.
The assigned mission of each highly accurate MX is to hurl IO nuclear war heads at separate targets over ranges of more than 8.000 miles.
The weapon has been controversial for a dozen years, largely because of disagreement on how to base it. Ptesent plans are to place the MX in existing — and vulnerable — Minuteman missile silos in Nebraska and Wyoming with the hope of fortifying those installations at a later date.
Reagan hailed the House action as “a vote for peace, for a safer future, and for success” at the arms control talks with the Soviet Union in
Republicans applauded but many Democratic liberals booed and hissed as Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., defied the majority opinion in his party to defend MX as a potent bargaining lever that can be used to pry an acceptable arms reduction agreement from the Soviet Union at the Geneva talks
"To vote no on these mss lies would be in effect giving help to the Soviet Union,” said Aspin, who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I beg of you, the negotiators are at the table, let’s give them the tools so they can do the job," Aspin said.
A total 158 Republicans and 61 Democrats voted for the MX spending. Voting against it were 189 Democrats and 24 Republicans. By tradition, O’Neill as speaker did not vote and there are two vacancies among the 435 House seats.
NBISD bids too high again; board separates projects
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Both New Braunfels and Canyon continued their winning ways in baseball action Tuesday. Details in Sports.
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Only one bid came in on New Braunfels ISD’s project to build a transportation facility and an addition to lx>ne Star Primary, and the board of trustees rejected it Tuesday.
McArthur Builders of New Braunfels bid $840,000 which is around $300,000 over the architect’s estimate on the two projects.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry recommended to the board that the architect be asked to divide the bid package into four parts that can be bid separately.
The four packages will divide the total project into construction of the Lone Star school gym, remodeling work on Ixme Star, construction of the transportation center and installation of the transportation center’s fuel tanks.
The board approved Bradberry’s suggestion.
“The problem is that the projects encompass three separate kinds of work: metal buildings, remodeling and fuel tanks. Some local companies that do work in one of those areas cannot bid the rest of the package. We had a number of companies tell us that they could only bid the metal building part of the bid. Also the fuel tanks are a very specialized area in construction,” Bradberry explained in an interview.
This is a repeat of what happened on the bids for the new elementary school and additions to the middle school and high school. The project manager had written the specifications as a single package, and the bids all came in too high. When the specifications were broken into smaller packages, bids came in lower and many more companies bid the project.
In other business, the board took two hours and 37 minutes to review teacher evaluations before deciding to renew all but two contracts.
The problem is that the projects encompass three separate kinds of work: metal buildings, remodeling and fuel tanks.”
The two contracts not renewed were one for an English as a Second language position and one for a vocational program that has not attracted enough students to justify the teaching position, Bradberry said.
"The ESL teacher we have to do this way every year because we do not know until after registering next year's kids whether we will need an ESL teacher or not,” the superintendent said.
Out of the 231 contracts approved for renewal, 184 were one-year contracts including two Teen Connection personnel who were approved “If funds were available.” Also 42 two-year contracts were approved.
"These teachers had to have certain criteria: a master’s degree and so many years experience and some other things. But every teacher who met the criteria did not get a two-year contract. It depended on the three observations and a rating sheet that makes up the teacher evaluation,” Bradberry explained.
Five probationary contracts for teachers in their first year were also approved. And 23 teachers with two-year contracts still had a year to go on their contracts.
For vocational teachers who had 11-month contracts last year, they will get only 104 months this year; and those with 12-month contracts were approved for only 114 months.
New Braunfels residents die in crash
Two New Braunfels teenagers died when the car they were passengers in was hit by a tractor trailer on FM 725 and Altwein Road at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Burke William Tiedt, 19, of 786 Rosemary and Ronald Eugene Farrow, 18, of RI. I Box 455C both
were pronounced dead at the scene at 11:20 p.m. by Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Roy Dreibrodt of Precinct 3.
The driver of the car that the two men were riding in failed to yield the right-of-way when he turned north onto FM 725 from Altwein Road,
pulling into the path of the tractor trailer, according to the Department of Public Safety report.
The drivers of the two vehicles are both in the hospital. Dean Mitchell, 19, of Rt. 2 Box 566F, New Braunfels, driver of the car, is in critical condition with multiple head lacerations
at McKenna Memorial Hospital. And Kenneth Painter, 35, of Rt. 4 Box 294B, driver of the tractor-trailer, is in fair condition at Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin.
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Regulating signs will be a tough task, planners feel
Panel wades into tough task
By DANA STELL Staff writer
One member called it an “overwhelming” task Tuesday night as Planning and Zoning Commission began the long job of developing a comprehensive sign ordinance.
Commissioners are expected to meet tonight with the mayor of Round Rock — a city with billboard legislation intact — to review that city’s law.
The Commission Tuesday discussed the rights of a New Braunfels businessmen to place a sign at his business versus the right of the citizen who must look at the signs.
“You can have a thousand beautiful signs two feet apart, but the overall effect is chaos,” said landscape artist Joe Couch. “And chaos is ugly.
“We are reaching a visual pollution, you can’t read the information that is out there, there are so many signs.”
Harvey Scheel, a partner in Tri-County Sign Co., disagreed. “Who requires you to read all those signs?” he asked. “You can’t tell someone they can’t have a sign because you can’t read it.”
Commission member Jan Estes said the group could place under the category of public safety the issue of how far apart each billboard should be, along with how far from the street a portable sign must be.
Pete Lingamfelter, owner of
Oasis Outdoor Advertising, said he is in favor of regulating signs to protect himself, as well as the city’s historical districts, parks, and residential areas.
“The time has come to form a responsible ordinance,” he said.
Ungamfeltcr, who said he is only concerned with off-premise signs, such as large billboards, suggested that licenses be issued to sign manufacturers and owners to ensure professionalism and compliance with the ordinance.
He also said the actual size and placement of signs should be determined by the city’s zoning, and that signs should be placed in commercial or industrial areas.
Scheel, representing interest from owners and users of temporary and portable signs, said portable signs are the only way many businessmen can afford to advertise.
“I think there’s a direct need for a businessman in this town to have the right to put advertising on his piece of property that suits his business,” Scheel said.
He said he agreed that the portable signs should not be allowed in residential areas, except on special occasions.
Doug Webb, who also is in the portable sign business, said he favored some regulation of the industry, including assurance that the signs be kept in good repair and working condition, and that they be staked down, away from an intersection, and on commercial property.