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Wed
26
Apr

Sewer system bids overflow

The bids for the Central Wimberley Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection system have come in higher than anticipated.

“It is not an automatic default to Aqua Texas,” Wimberley Mayor Mac McCullough said. “There is a host of options we have to explore. We are nowhere near out of options… I’m optimistic we can get this going. I would urge the public to be patient. I feel like we are definitely going to get this solved. We’ve just got to regroup and make it work and that is what we are going to do.”

The proposed plant was broken down into two separate projects with each having alternate options for potential features like purple pipe.

Wed
26
Apr

Floodplains to increase nearly 12 feet in areas

The new floodplain maps presented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are daunting for many of the homes along the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. 

That may not be surprising after the Memorial Weekend Flood of 2015, but nevertheless, it has the potential to impact dozens if not more than a hundred property owners in the Wimberley Valley. 

The currently base flood elevation has been in affect for many years. From the top of Wimberley Valley to bottom, the elevations have increased from as low as a foot to more than 11 feet. This means that many homes in the valley that weren’t in the floodplain previously now are.

Wed
26
Apr

City Council Election 2017: Place 3 Allison Davis

Allison Davis is running for Place 3 on the Wimberley City Council against Larry Catt. She has lived in Wimberley for about two years. Davis is a therapist and licensed professional counselor. She has a Masters of Science in Counseling and Development and a Master of Arts in Women’s Study. She is working on her PhD focusing on trauma in girls who are incarcerated in Texas. Davis began her practice in Wimberley and San Marcos in 2015 after working for the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center. She volunteers for multiple wellness initiatives in the area.

What is your opinion on the sewer system options?

Wed
26
Apr

City Council Election 2017: Place 3 Larry Catt

Larry Catt is running for Place 3 on the Wimberley City Council against Allison Davis. He has lived in Wimberley for around 40 years. Catt is a general contractor and insurance adjuster, and he has previously been on the Board of Directors of the Hill Country Recreation Association, the Wimberley Soccer Association and been the president of the Wimberley High School Athletic Booster Club as well as coaching 20 youth sports teams in the area. He was also the area chairman for Ducks Unlimited. 

What is your opinion on the sewer system options?

Wed
26
Apr

City Council Election 2017: Place1 Sally Trapp

Sally Trapp is running for Place 1 on the Wimberley City Council against Steve Thurber. She has lived in Wimberley for 23 years. Trapp works as an interior designer and has served on the Wimberley City Council for the last year. She is a member of the Blanco River Cypress Creek Watershed Association, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association and the Wimberley Institute of Cultures while also volunteering from organizations like My Neighbor’s Keeper, Junior League of Austin and the Animal Trustees of Austin.

What is your opinion on the sewer system options?

Wed
26
Apr

City Council Election 2017: Place 1 Steve Thurber

Steve Thurber is running for Place 1 on the Wimberley City Council against Sally Trapp. He has lived in Wimberley 20 years. Thurber is a Certified Public Accountant with a practice in Wimberley and also owns a self storage facility and office space. He was originally elected to the Wimberley City Council in 2008 and served on the council until 2014 when he was elected Mayor. Thurber was the mayor of Wimberley until 2016. He previously served on the Wimberley Planning and Zoning Commission and the Economic Development Advisory Board. He is currently on the board of the Friends of Blue Hole and previously served on the board of the Wimberley Players and the Senior Citizens Center.

What is your opinion on the sewer system options?

Thu
20
Apr

After tragedy, local family is trying to save lives

Travis Wheeler shows how an end cap on the Cypress Creek Bridge is broken. The Wheelers said they reported the broken end cap to TxDOT months ago, but is has not been fixed.

Tragedy struck on Oct. 6, 2016 when Lance Wheeler was killed in an accident when his motorcycle struck a guardrail on Devil’s Backbone. 

Wheeler’s father and brother, Don and Travis, have started a memorial safety initiative in Lance’s name intent on making roadway safety changes at the state and, hopefully, the federal level.

“We know, on the surface, that there are so called roadside safety equipment out there that is not safe and does not do what it is supposed to do,” Don Wheeler said. “When Lance died, we thought there was something about the end caps, the big rectangular, yellow and black striped plates at the end of the guard rail. Something about that needs to change. We can make a better mouse trap.”

The end caps are intended to help peel back the guardrail during a head on collision. 

Fri
14
Apr

Local DAR celebrating 25 years

Wimberley’s Jacobs Well Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were excited and held a celebration for their formation on April 18 to mark their 25 Anniversary of the Wimberley’s DAR at Milagros Restaurant. They were formed officially on April 18, 1992.

About 100+ ladies were in their finest and laughter, food and camaraderie were the main objects, cherishing their membership to the DAR. (DAR) is a lineage-based organization, meaning a direct descendant of a veteran of the American Revolutionary War are the members. 

It is a service organization for women and a non-profit group, which promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Some of the projects they have been sponsoring locally are:

Fri
14
Apr

Blair House voted Top 3 Inn in the South

Blair House Inn in Wimberley was named to “Southern Living’s” Top 10 Inns in the South.

Wimberley has long been known as a special place visit, but one local inn has recently received recognized from one of the most widely read publications in the south.

Southern Living, which has nearly three million monthly readers, held a reader’s choice contest for The South’s Top 10 Inns in 2017 and Blair House Inn placed third.

“It is really just starting to sink in,” Chris Mahoney, who owns Blair House with his wife Lois, said. “It was just out of the blue. We didn’t contact them or anything.”

Mahoney said that Southern Living called them about six months ago asking questions and named them a top 20 Inn in the November issue. Around 22,000 readers then voted on their favorite inn, which resulted in the Blair House’s third place finish.

Fri
14
Apr

How to lead

Matthew Dowd wrote “New Way” to provide leadership pathways.

In many ways, Wimberley is a divided community – as anyone involved in local politics can certainly profess – but that isn’t particularly unique these days. 

Matthew Dowd, a former political strategist for President George W. Bush who now lives in Wimberley, said that the country is living through a “disruptive moment,” and he hopes his new book on leadership, “New Way: Embracing The Paradox As We Lead and Serve,” can help be a guiding light.

“You can take it from healthcare to whether or not Tractor Supply should be able to build a store in Wimberley or the decision over sewage systems,” Dowd said. “People lock into these tribes, and it’s hard for them to come out and make decisions for the common good. Our democracy depends on it. It’s happening at every single level.”

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