Two candidates vie for Lampasas City Council seat
When her husband became ill, she stepped down from the seat she held for eight years. So in 2010, Mrs. Bierschwale elected not to run for office.
Her husband, Bill, has since returned to work, and Mrs. Bierschwale is ready to do the same – for the city of Lampasas.
She is looking to reclaim her Place 4 seat this year and is vying for the post against incumbent Councilwoman TJ Monroe.
Mrs. Bierschwale said she is ready to get her feet wet and is looking forward to getting back on the council if elected in May.
She hopes to help encourage and bring in new businesses to Lampasas.
“But as a city, we want the right kind of businesses here,” she said. “We want to grow. And we need to continue to promote our established businesses.”
As a former business owner with her husband, Mrs. Bierschwale said she understands the challenges business owners face every day.
“We need to make it easier for business to come in to Lampasas,” she said. “There are several things they have to do to open in the city, and it is our job to help them do those things, not just tell them to do them.”
Mrs. Bierschwale also believes that incentives or tax breaks for businesses should go to all companies – not just the larger ones. “If we do for one, we need to do for all. We have to be fair.”
She said public opinion is important in running a city.
“As a council, we need to listen to the public and hear what they want,” the candidate said. “We don’t need to give them what we think they want. Those who come to meetings to express their opinions need to be heard.”
Mrs. Bierschwale said she agrees that progress is being made toward a new fire department building, and that it is overdue.
“The Fire Department and Police Department do a good job for us,” she said. “Our crime rate is low, and I attribute that to those who watch over us.”
As for the new fire station, Mrs. Bierschwale said the current station on Main Street is inadequate.
“They are stacked on top of each other, and firefighters who stay overnight need to be comfortable,” Mrs. Bierschwale said. “The City Council has been talking about this for a long time, and now that the county is involved and sharing the costs, this is the way to go with it.”
The council hopeful also believes the hunt for a new city manager should continue until one is found with a proven record and the right qualifications who will work hard for the city.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Bierschwale said, Assistant City Secretary Stacy Brack has things well in hand as interim manager.
“I want the new city manager to work hand in hand with other city employees and not pit them against each other, which I feel like we had before,” she said.
As for the city’s water situation, Mrs. Bierschwale said nowhere is there ever enough water.
“If we could treat our own water, it would be wonderful to drill wells and have our own system,” she said. “In the long term, I would like to see the city build a water treatment plant.”
Mrs. Bierschwale said Lampasas is a unique community that still retains its small-town flavor as it continues to grow and provide necessary services for residents.
“When I was in Dallas, I could go anywhere and not run into someone I know,” she said. “But in Lampasas, everywhere you go you greet friends. You know everyone. We still have that small-town feel.”
And the former councilwoman hopes constituents will put her in office in May so she can continue with some of the projects she believes need to be taken care of.
“I hope people will vote for me because I am a good council member and I am willing to listen to their complaints as well as their praise,” Mrs. Bierschwale said.