Early voting to begin Monday in city, water district elections
Early voting by personal appearance for two different elections begins on Monday, April 22, and continues through Tuesday, April 30.
Voters will be going to the polls to decide on a proposed sports park bond for the City of Fredericksburg and to elect a director for a seat on the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District.
Although running unopposed, the two individuals seeking the two open seats on the Fredericksburg City Council will also appear on the ballot.
Election day for both the city and the HCUWCD is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Fredericksburg Middle School Cafeteria.
Early voting by personal appearance for both elections takes place at the Girl Scout Cabin at 202 West Austin Street.
Extended hours will be offered twice during the early voting period.
Hours for early voting are as follows:
• Monday, April 22: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 23: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Thursday, April 25: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, April 26: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Monday, April 29: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 30: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
City of Fredericksburg
Sports Park Bond
City of Fredericksburg voters will be deciding on a $6.1 million bond election to build a sports park.
This proposed bond follows a failed $12.6-million bond election for a sports park held in November 2017.
The 42-acre project will be located at State Highway 16 South between Oak Crest Park and the Gillespie County Airport. Acreage was purchased by the city for park use in spring 2017.
Revised plans include four lighted baseball and softball fields, five soccer areas, four tennis courts, restrooms, food truck areas and the renovation of one of the baseball fields at Oak Crest Park.
The plan has also scaled parking down 50 percent from the previous plan.
In addition, the following items were removed from the original park plans: concession buildings, lighting on one soccer field, playgrounds, pavilions, benches, signage, trash receptacles, landscaping, trees and bleachers.
Local sports associations have said they will raise funds to assist in covering costs for additional improvements such as lighting, playgrounds and landscaping.
Total costs for the design and construction of the park to be located adjacent to Oak Crest Park are estimated to be $8.4 million.
Gillespie County Commissioners agreed to fund $2.3 million of the costs.
Fact sheets have been made available at city hall, city park headquarters at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and the city hall annex.
Information about the sports park bond proposition can also be found on the city’s website at http://www.fbgtx.org/814/Parks-Bond-Proposition.
Information on the upcoming sports park bond election will be presented at a 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, April 22, at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.
(See related story on the sports park presentation elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)
City Council Election
Two people filed for the two seats available on the Fredericksburg City Council.
Incumbent councilman Jerry Luckenbach chose not to file for reelection, but former city councilman Bobby Watson filed for the open seat.
Gary Neffendorf filed to return to his position on the council. Neffendorf served for years as the town’s first city manager.
Both Watson and Neffendorf will appear on the ballot.
Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on April 23. The applications should be mailed to Shelley Goodwin, Early Voting Clerk, 126 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
For the first time, the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District has a contested election for a seat on the board.
All registered voters in Gillespie County are eligible to cast ballots in the HCUWCD election.
Three directors are being elected for four-year terms for Precinct 2, Precinct 4 and At-Large.
Precincts are based on Gillespie County commissioner precincts, while the at-large position is countywide, and all registered voters are eligible to vote for the at-large spot.
John R. McRae is challenging the At-Large seat currently held by incumbent Taylor Virdell.
Running unopposed for reelection is incumbent Alton Klier for the Precinct 2 seat and incumbent Steve Olfers is seeking the Precinct 4 spot.
Precincts 1 and 3 currently held by Voy Althaus and Tom Dance, respectively, are not up for re-election.
Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on April 23.
Requests should be mailed to Paul Tybor (HCUWCD), 508 South Washington St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
Because only two persons filed for four open positions for the Doss Consolidated Common School District Board of Trustees election, the election has been cancelled.
Anna Sattler will return to her board seat and Andrea Chupik will take over a twoyear, unexpired term.
Two seats remain vacant.
The Gillespie County Judge’s Office is in charge of the Doss CCSD trustee election.