New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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George Erben, 52, is a native of Comal County and has lived about 40 years in New Braunfels. He served on City Council in 1974-75 and was mayor from 1975 until 1977.
Erben has been a director of the Comal Appraisal District since 1981. For the past year and a half, he has worked at MBank New Braunfels, where he is president. He is a member of the Lutheran church.
New Braunfels city leaders should be actors instead of reactors, says Council candidate George Erben. “I have an overall concern that we all work together to move ahead and be as well-organized and ready for what the area’s going to be faced with,” Erben said.
The candidate said the city should be “a little more active in attracting industry,” but should be concerned with finding small, diversified industry. “The key is to be diversified,” he said. “A slump in the economy may affect one or two, but it wouldn’t affect all of them and there wouldn’t be excessive unemployment.”
Erben said industries always will be attracted to New Braunfels because of the climate, geographic location,
See ERBEN, Page 3A
Richard Seidel, 33, is a New Braunfels native. He manages Dusty's DeHi and Ice Cream Parlor. Seidel ran for City Council in 1977 and lost in a runoff. He's a member of the New Braunfels Conservation Society and the Wurstfest Association
“Being a native of New Braunfels, I have actually seen and participated in the growth of the city,” Seidel said.
Pointing out that he used to play baseball where the Olympic pool now sits and used to eat at Krause’s Cafe when it contained only IO booths, Seidel said growth is inevitable.
“When growth is controlled and managed, it can be a very rewarding feeling,” Seidel said. “Uniqueness and charm can be incorporated into growth by planning for it.”
Seidel said planning for growth will prevent “waking up someday and finding the property behind your home is zoned industrial and your life-long investment is down the drain.”
All facets of growth, Seidel said, can be planned, along
See SEIDEL, Page 3A
Rolf Moore, 31, is a selfemployed businessman and a native of Houston. He moved to New Braunfels in 1978. Moore lost in his bid for City Council in 1984 by coming in last in a field of nine candidates
The residents of District 4 have “different sets of priorities and different sets of problems,” Moore said. “It’s a big district — a diverse district. But one thing in common is the poor condition of the roads.”
“The people in Comal town and Mill town desire the same quality of services (as the rest of New Braunfels residents) and the people beyond the loop need up-to-date zoning and building regulations and pollution laws to protect them as industry comes in.”
Moore also said the people past the loop need more neighborhood parks with swingsets, slides, and playground equipment. “They resent having to drive their children to city parks in other parts of the city,” he said. “And the majority of our recreation facilities seem to be geared toward the tourist.”
The residents of the northwestern part of the city,
See MOORE, Page SA
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 65
March 31,1985 50 Cents
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NBISD at-large race
Peter Olsen, candidate for one of the two at large positions on the New Braunfels ISO board of trustees, has lived in New Braunfels for I king as the minister of education at First Protestant Church of Christ.
He moved from Vermont where he occupied a similar pi isition in a church and was a school board trustee He also worked part time as a coordinator of instruction and advisement with a community college and as a resource person for teacher training with the Vermont State Board of Education.
He and his wife, Ariel, have two children, an eighth grader and a sixth grader in NBISD
Olsen’s interest rn serving on the school board is three-fold: first, to show appreciation tor all the good work done by the school district rn offering excellent educational opportunities to his children. Secondly, he wanted the philosophy that ’ kids count,” his own priority, to have a part in decisions.
See OLSEN. Page ISA
Bob Self, incumbent on the New Braunfels ISO board of trustees and board president, is running for one of the two at large positions on the board
Self, who has been elected to two terms on the school board, is a sales manager tor a mechancal contracting firm rn San Antonio
The candidate went to school and graduated hon New Braunfels /SD He and his wife Margie have three children, with two still in school.
‘ One of the biggest things I an most proud of in my terms on the school board was our choice of Charles Bradberry as superintendent of NBISD,” Self said.
Self was on the three-member committee that took over IOO applicants for the superintendent position and narrowed it down to IO candidates for the rest of the board to look at more closely and finally vote on.
“I think we could not have found a better man
See SELF. Page ISA
Dr. Don Bedford, incumbent of the New Braunfels ISO board of trustees, is finishing his first term.
A dentist in town, he also serves as on the board of directors of New Braunfels Savings and Loan Association. He is active member of St. Johns Episcopal Church and the Rotary Club.
His wife is a former school teacher, and he has two children in New Braunfels ISO, one rn the sixth grade and one in the fourth grade
Bedford said he was most proud of his participation in passing the bond election and he would like to see the building projects through to their completion.
“In the last bond issue before this one, they had cut back on classrooms to save money, but it would have been more economical if they had built them,” the candidate said.
They attempted to base the bond issue on 10-year projections of growth and already the district
See BEDFORD, Page MA
Old SA hotel on the move
Mom's the word LESUf KH AUJ’Ht A f 1N
David Staffel (pointing) and his sister Julie (crouching) keep an eye out for their mother as they wait in front in front of Gruene Hall. Mom was one of 650 participants in the Gruene 10,000-meter run Saturday, which began and ended at the old dance hall.
Absentee deadline Tuesday for elections
Absentee voting in the April 6 elections ends Tuesday and so far, the partic ipation has been varied.
There are four races that day — with six people running for two seats on City Council, three for three seats on Comal ISI) board of trustees, five for three positions on the NEw Braunfels ISD board, and four for three spots on Garden Ridge City Council.
Turnout has been light in the City Council race as 40 ballots have been completed and only two requests have been submitted for mail-in ballots.
But ifs not for lack of a choice — the two seats up for grabs are being sought after by three candidates each.
District 3 candidates are dentist Edward Sciantarelli, accountant F. Darrell Sollberger, and steel business owner Yale J. Simpson. About 30 people have voted absentee there.
District 4 has former mayor (and banker) George Erben facing independent Rolf Moore, and deli owner Rick Seidel. Approximately IO persons have voted absentee in the District 4 race.
Sciantarelli, who has lived here nine years, believes a sound economy should be developed by bringing in quality industry. Sollberger, a two* and-a-half year resident said the Council needs someone with his financial expertise. And Simpson, a three-year resident, said the city and county should work together in handling growth and attracting quality industry to the area.
Erben, a lifelong resident of New Braunfels, said the city should control growth with long-range planning. Moore, a resident of the city since 1978, believes the city
SAN ANTONIO IAP) - Work crews Saturday muscled the 3.2 million pound Fairmount Hotel off its resting place for the past 79 years and heaved it 200 feet down the street.
“I let out a big holler,” co-owner Tom Wright said of his reaction when the three-story hotel made its first move of about a foot.
“I just think it's the most exciting thing I’ve seen in ages,” he said.
Wright and his two partners plan to make a luxury hotel out of the brick structure once it reaches its new home four blocks away.
City Public Works Director Frank Kiolbassa said the move is on schedule and should be completed in four days as planned.
Kiolbassa said the structure, resting on 36 hydraulic-powered dollies and layers of steel crossbeams, suffered no damage in the first day of the move and there were no injuries among the work crew. Streets and utility poles and lines also were unscathed, he said.
Workers used two cranes, seven gravel-laden dump trucks for dead weight, and giant pulleys and cables to wrestle the Fairmount off the corner of Commerce and Bowie streets.
Kiolbassa said he feels confident the hotel will be able to negotiate a turn Sunday and will successfully cross a bridge over the San Antonio River later in the day.
He said the bridge is being shored up and covered with steel plates to reinforce it.
The hotel, which must be moved to make room for a new downtown mall, was built in 1906. It was last occupied by a furniture company but has been vacant since 1968, Wright said.
Wright said he paid $10 for the building. The move, engineered by Emmert International of Portland. Ore., is expected to cost $1 million. An additional $4 million will be spent on refurbishment.
Bebe Inkley, president of the San Antonio Conservation Society, said the structure has never been altered inside since it was constructed.
“That’s what makes it so wonderful,” she said.
Police blocked off streets and held about 1,000 spectators at bay a block away all day.
When the hotel made its first move, the crowd cheered its approval.
Workers at first tried un-
See HOTEL, Page 16A
Seguin Street work to begin this week
Manholes on South Seguin Street have been raised so overlay work can begin this week.
Bobbie Hasert, resident engineer for the State Highway Department, said crews have been raising manholes at least one inch so they will be flush with the new surface.
“They’ve just been raised one inch, but when you drive over them, it feels more like six,” Hasert said.
Dean Word Construction Co., should begin re-surfacing South Seguin Street from Main Plaza to Highway 81 sometime this week Dean Word was also awarded the contract to re-surface work on luanda Street from the Comal Creek Bridge
needs to enact pollution standards and update its land-use zoning. Seidel, a native of New Braunfels, said he is running for City Council because of his independent status. He said growth should be controlled and managed.
In Garden Ridge, where Mayor Paul Davis and incumbent Neil Craigmile are unopposed, there have been no absentee votes. Place 3 incumbent Ben White is not running again and Kaighin Watts and Don Ashby are vying for that spot.
See ABSENTEE, Page MA
to Walnut Avenue at the same time.
“The bottom line for the two streets is estimated at $231,624.30,” Hasert said.
But the work to be done on Landa Street is more extensive, he added, because base and subgrade failures must be repaired before the strip is re-surfaced.
Hasert said both projects should be completed by August, and he cautioned motorists that barricades, traffic cones and flagmen will be used to protect work crews and the traveling traffic from each other.
“We’re going to be out there for awhile,” he said. “So slow down and try not to run over us.”
as a sunny, mild day was in the offing. Monday’s high should reach 73.
Canyon Dam outflow Edwaids Aqurtei Canyon Lake leval
270 cf* (down 8) 677 eft (down 63) ,. 666 tis (tame) . 624 99 (up OI) 904 26 tup 06)
Clear and cool was the forecast for Comal County Sunday. Overnight lows dipped to the low 40s, with Sunday’s high expected to reach 70,