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Izbrand, May coast to victory in Castle Hills

Hill Country Village voters approve bond issue

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Joe Izbrand waves to supporters in Castle Hills during the special municipal election Nov. 5. He won his face for the Place 1 seat on City Council. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

Neither Joe Izbrand nor Kurt May had problems winning their Castle Hills City Council contests for two seats Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, in Hill Country Village, two of three proposals passed muster with voters, who said yes to a bond issue and street repairs, but no to repurposing city land on Bitters Road.

Izbrand collected more than 80 percent of the vote against Bernard Juttemeyer to win the Place 1 post in the city’s special Nov. 5 election.

Izbrand, who had been serving with the city’s Zoning Commission, will replace Clyde “Skip” McCormick, who is resigning from the council.

Izbrand has said he wants to focus on infrastructure improvements, business development and protecting private property.

But, the University of Texas at San Antonio administrator also wants to help erase the divisiveness that has dominated council meetings and garnered the city negative attention.

Izbrand said residents he met on the campaign trail called the Zoning Commission a model panel that could set an example for the council. Neighbors told him the commission invites people of different backgrounds to find common ground and work out complex issues, he added.

“I think people look at the professional behavior of our Zoning Commission,” Izbrand said. “It’s the behavior we come to expect from others.”

May won the Place 3 seat with more than 80 percent of the vote against Jana Baker, a zoning commissioner. He replaces Sylvia Gonzalez, whom the city deemed unable to hold office after winning the May election when her swearing-in process was called into question.

May is an attorney who campaigned for improving roads and drainage, enhancing public safety, and cutting out the political partisanship that has led to heated exchanges between council members and even between local elected leaders and constituents.

May said it is a priority for him and the council to help regain Castle Hills’ image as a community friendly and alluring to all families, all people and to potential businesses.

“We have not been acting aspirationally. We have an accomplished citizenry,” May said. “They want more from their elected government. They want better government.”

Meanwhile, Hill Country Village voters easily approved two of three proposals. One called for $8.5 million in bonds to improve roads and drainage citywide.

Another proposal that easily passed redirects a sales tax from economic development purposes toward road maintenance.

But 62 percent of voters rejected the proposal to repurpose 14 acres of city property on Bitters Road for private development.

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