The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 14, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 4, 1973 Page: 1 of 28
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R. E. Wright, vice-president of Texaco, Inc., points out the model of a proposed new
building to the members of the Bellaire City Council. They are, left to right, Mrs.
Smiling For Beverly Van Siclen, Ben Bronstien, Wright, Mayor Grant Webster, Henry Hodell, Joe
Droaress Poindexter, and Jack Gurwell. The new building will cost approximately $10 million
and will concentrate Texaco business in Bellaire.
THC REUAIRE A SOUTHWESTERN
A COMMUNITY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
10? - $3 PER YEAR
;.i..% /V\onday at 7 P.M.
Heard to study in England
Lane Heard, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Heard, Jr. of 7210
West Loop South, has been no-
The Environmental Protec-
tion Agency has awarded the
City of Bellaire a $1,462,500.
grant. The money will be used
for the Newcastle-Southdale
Trunk sewer line and for ex-
pansion and modification to the
Liquid Waste Treating Plant.
This will increase existing
plant capacity from 2.0 mil-
lion gallons per day to 4.5.
There will also be new inter-
ceptor lines, modifications,
and an expansion of the Wen-
dell Street Pumping Station.
The money will be received
in four payments with the
first expected October 2.
tified that he has been awarded
a scholarship for a two-year
study at Cambridge University in
England. The scholarship was
awarded by the Keasbey Memor-
ial Foundation in Philadelphia.
Last week Lane received his
BA degree from Yale University,
graduating summa cum laude
and “with distinction” in his maj-
or, history. He received the
Dean's Award for the most sig-
nificant contribution to his col-
lege. Previously he tod been
made a member of Phi Beta
Lane was a 1969 graduate of
Be’ laire High School. He was gra-
duated first in his class. In his
junior year he and his partner
were national debate champions.
During his senior year he served
as president of the Honor Society
and Key Club and was named a
Harvard and Yale National Scho-
lar. He was also named a Presi-
dential Scholar from Texas.
Lane plans to attend law school
following his studies in England.
Bass new club president
eers of America. Other officers
elected are Eddie Jordan, first
vice-president, Mrs. Wanda Ru-
ley, second vice-president, and
Hugo N. Bixio, secretary.
The 100 members of the Bell-
aire Club are only a small part
of the 350,000 telephone people
with 21 or more years service
in the United States and Canada
who are members of the Tele-
phone Pionners of America. How-
ever, it is the small, local clubs
that best allow members to form
friendships, enjoy social activi-
ties, serve their communities,
and fellow members, while main-
taining ties thi 'Ughc whole
c< .o. t.
Pioneer me <ers : t er
as volunteer n hospitals
worked with the Red Cross
erly shut-ins, and insi ..,,onal-
Bass says that the Bellaire
Club’s 1973-74 program includes
(Continued on page 16)
Johnie Bass was recently elec-
ted 1973-74 President of the
Bellaire Club of Telephone Pion-
local expansion plans
by Terrilee Pettigrew
Texaco, Inc. received assuran-
ce from the Bellaire City Coun-
cil Monday night that they would
work with Texaco in their plans
for an approximate $10 million
expansion of their Bellaire faci-
Appearing before the Council
was R. W. Wright, Texaco vice-
president. He announced the com-
pany’s plans to construct a new
multistory 380,000 square foot
office building on the 30-acre
tract it owns west of Loop 610.
Texaco’s researcn and technical
laboratories and a six-story of-
fice building are now located on
that property. The proposed buil-
ding would house approximately
1,200 employees and facilities
presently occupying leased space
at various Houston locations.
This would bring Texaco’s em-
ployment in Bellaire to approxi-
mately 2,000 persons.
Wright stated that before their
plans could be resolved, they
would seek the Council’s favor-
able action on two matters. “Sin-
ce we would plan to provide sur-
face parking adjacent to the new
building for up to 1,300 addition-
al automobiles, feasibility stud-
ies indicate a critical need to
widen Guiton Drive to four lanes,
at least in the blockbetween Rice
Boulevard and Loop 610. This
will relieve traffic congestion for
Bellaire residents by facilitating
traffic movement in and out of
our Bellaire facilities during
peak morning and evening hours.
In fact, if this is not done, there
Is a strong possibility that we
would be unable to construct the
additional office building there.
It is our understanding that suf-
ficient easements exist on both
sides of Gulfton to enable the City
of Bellaire to effect such a wide-
ning without damage or inconven-
ience to property owners."
The second request from Texa-
co brought several chuckels from
the Council and the audience.
Wright asked that the name of
Gulfton Drive be changed to
something havine “less of a com-
petitive connotation" to Texaco.
He further commented that when
occupied, the Bellaire facility
will contain the largest concen-
tration of Texaco employees in
the Houston area.
S. I. Morris Associates will
design the new Texaco Bellaire
building with construction expec-
ted to begin in 1974 and oc-
cupancy scheduled for 1976.
The Council decided to im-
plement plans for widening the
street and to consult a profes-
sional traffic study. Charles E.
Haile will do the engineering. As
to the name of Gulfton Drive,
the Council decided to work on
an appropriate name.
FIRST STATE BANK
After receiving a legal opinion
from City Attorney Paul Strong,
the Council reject the FirstState
Bank of Bellaire’s request for
additional openings on Linden
Street from their new parking
lot. According to Strong, the
zoning ordinance “does not per-
Other action taken by the Co-
uncil was the appointment of Joy
Moor as acting city clerk. She
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Charles Hinze will be serving as
city manager until October 1,
1973. He is Bellaire City Clerk
and was appointed acting city
manager upon the resignation of
Tom Heffington. Serving as act-
ing city clerk will by Joy Moore.
Tenth place winners of the National Plymouth
Trouble Shooting Contest, high school category,
were awarded scholarships worth $1,000. Left to
Trouble right are F. G. Hazelroth, Chrysler-Plymouth
c(,nr,to„ general sales manager; teammates Thomas H. King,
bhoorers 18 4g07 Florence, Bellaire, and Keith W. Haggott,
17, 5723 Indigo, Houston, and instructor loyce M.
Igo, 6003 High Star, Houston.
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Pettigrew, Terrilee & George, Sara. The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 14, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 4, 1973, newspaper, July 4, 1973; Bellaire, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566956/m1/1/: accessed February 15, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.