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Thursday, September 22, 2016
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New truck for North Hays County Fire Rescue team
BY MOSES LEOS III
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Several firefighters from the North Hays County Fire Rescue didn’t mind getting a little wet Saturday as they christened their brand new fire engine, Engine 75, with a traditional “push-in” ceremony. The ceremony was for their new two-door 4x4 engine that can carry four personnel. NHCFR’s new engine cost $375,000 and was manufactured by Piece at their plant in Florida. Engine 75 is going into service at Station 75 at Fitzhugh Road and Ranch Road 12. The new truck that Engine 75 is replacing will move to the Henly Station on Creek Road, NHCFR Chief Scott Collard said.
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Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a loved one or friend. Caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce stress, communicate their needs while making tough caregiving decisions. Registration is required and class size limited. Classes will be held at Chapel in the Hills, 14601 RR 12 in Wimberley, on Tuesdays from Sept. 27- Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Class tuition is covered by St. David’s Foundation and Alzheimer’s Texas. To register, contact Rose Rodriguez at rrodriguez@ txalz.org or (512) 241-0420 x10. For additional info contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas, at (512) 924-3661.
This annual event celebrating early Texas at Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy a day of pioneer and Native American presentation, old-fashioned games, and crafts for all ages.
Wimberley to crack down on flood-damaged homes BY MOSES LEOS III
Concern is rising in Wimberley over homes along the Blanco River still showing signs of damage from the devastating 2015 Memorial Day flood. Wimberley city leaders are now looking to possibly take the next step, as they approved an item Sept. 15 to begin code enforcement efforts on damaged structures. Wimberley City Administrator Don Ferguson said the “time has come” to begin the process of addressing damaged structures due to the safety hazard those homes present. “We’ve been patient, and justifiably so, for people that suffered substantial damage to properties to get them repaired and into a state to where they’re usable,” Ferguson said. “We’re a year and a half out from that event. I think we’re at a point where neighbors are starting to grow concerned about the safety of those structures.” Ferguson said he didn’t have an exact number of homes that are damaged, but he doesn’t expect the city to find many. Ferguson said some of the homes were left abandoned by homeowners after the flood, while other homes showed the initial signs of the demolition process, but no further movement. Wimberley’s approach, which Ferguson said is “proactive,” is to reach out to homeowners of damaged structures to spur movement on repairs. He said the city plans to identify structures that do not meet city code, and then send notice to homeowners and work on a possible correction plan. If the city is unable to reach a homeowner after a certain period of time, however, the city would have to go in and repair, or possibly demolish, a home as a last resort. Ferguson said he hopes the city doesn’t “have to go to that extent” and have homeowners take care of those homes. “The city has no desire to go in and start cleaning up people’s property and demolishing people’s homes,” Ferguson said. “We do have a desire to make sure the community is safe and is free of substandard structures.” Council member Craig Fore was concerned about the city possibly tearing “someone’s house down.” Fore said working with volunteer groups to work on
A signage program meant to help visitors find their way around Wimberley is moving forward several years after the project was idealized. The Wimberley City Council earlier this month approved the initial phase of the city’s wayfinding sign project, which costs approximately $25,000.
B&B permits on hold BY MOSES LEOS III
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Citing safety concerns, Wimberley city officials are looking to enforce codes on structures still showing damage from last year’s flood events.
“These will be hard discussions. A legacy may have to go away if it has to, but it’s a safety issue. It’s a public safety issue.” –Don Ferguson, Wimberley city administrator
each individual case as needed would be preferred. Council member Gary Barchfeld said he was okay with approving the item, so long as it was just for notification purposes only.
Barchfeld also focused on working with volunteer groups to provide assistance. Ferguson said several churches in the area, along with the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T), could provide assistance. “We need to be as helpful to folks with this problem as possible,” Barchfeld said. “There are so many good organizations that want to help, that we can take it one step at a time.” Ferguson said city staff didn’t want to take the step of code enforcement without council’s blessing, as it is “an important step to take.” Ensuring there is enough discussion with property owners is critical, Ferguson said. “We’re looking at structures that have been in people’s families for a long time,” Ferguson said. “These will be hard discussions. A legacy may have to go away if it has to, but it’s a safety issue. It’s a public safety issue.”
A 90-day hold on the issuance of conditional use permits (CUPs) for short-term rental and bed and breakfast facilities in Wimberley passed the first hurdle Sept. 15. By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Wimberley City Council approved on first reading its ordinance for a 90-day moratorium on CUPs for short-term rentals. Mayor Mac McCullough and council member Sally Trap were absent from the Sept. 15 meeting. A second reading was scheduled for this past Tuesday. City Administrator Don Ferguson said the moratorium would begin once it’s approved on second reading and would extend until the beginning of December. He said the moratorium would go into effect temporarily and could be rescinded by council before the 90-days expire once the city addresses the in-place ordinance. Ferguson said the city would hold public meetings and combine input from stakeholders on changes that need to be made to the in-place ordinance. Wimberley’s ordinance requires new short-term rental and bed and breakfast facilities to apply for a CUP to operate in the city. The ordinance has led to a wave of controversy, both for and against STRs in Wimberley. Ferguson said the purpose of the moratorium is to give council and planning and zoning commission the opportunity to “wade in jointly, hand in hand” in the water of the short term rental business and some of the neighborhood concerns. “And to try to see if any regulations need to be modified to address concerns the neighbors have
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Live western swing music, Salt Lick BBQ, a silent auction and much more await those who attend the Friends Foundation’s 23rd annual BBQ fundraiser at the Salt Lick Pavilion Oct. 13.
Annual fundraiser benefits local seniors STAFF REPORT
The Friends Foundation 23rd Annual BBQ at the Salt Lick Pavilion will be held October 13, from 5-10 p.m. The fundraising event will be an evening of western swing music, Salt Lick BBQ buffet, a live and silent auction, and an opportunity to support the Foundation’s programs benefiting the elderly in the greater Dripping Springs area. The Salt Lick Pavilion gates open at 5 p.m., allowing ample time to preview the silent and live auction items before the BBQ buffet, which is served from 6-8 p.m. Parking is free and handicap parking is available. Tickets for the BBQ buffet are $25, and children 6 and under eat free. Before heading to the buffet, guests may enjoy product samples from Dripping Springs Vodka, Thirsty Planet Brewery, Duchman Family Winery and Live Kombucha, a probiotic tea. And don’t forget to purchase tickets for three fabulous prizes, including an Apple iPad mini 4 and diamond earrings to be awarded in a drawing. The award-winning Hot Texas Swing Band will be playing live western swing music from its latest recording ‘Ain’t Dead Yet’ as well as oldtime favorites during the event. KVET 98.1 radio personality and Drip-
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ping Springs resident Bama Brown will emcee the evening’s festivities. Professional benefit auctioneer George L. Vaught will engage the audience while working to raise money during the live auction. Guests will be encouraged to get their bids up on numerous live auction items including two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, and a 3-day, 2-night stay at a beautiful and spacious guest house on Copano Bay in Rockport and much more. The Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-volunteer organization. All monies raised through sponsorships, auctions, and BBQ ticket sales will help to finance their programs and services including Our Daily Bread – a hot home meal delivery program, which now has served more than 34,000 meals to the homebound in the greater Dripping Springs area, the Philips Lifeline MedAlert program providing emergency alert devices
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
New app gets big play at local festival BY JONATHAN GONZALEZ
“In the past, we’ve always had the People’s Choice Awards, but it did not have very good participation … It used paper and took too long to count up ... We wanted to make the experience more interactive.”
The use of smart phone technology played a role during the 2016 Dripping With Taste Festival in Dripping Springs as an Austin-based application make its debut at the event. What’s My Wine, a food and wine-based rating app, debuted at the festival, where more than 2,000 people gathered to sample wares from over 75 vendors, including breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants. It was an innovative undertaking for the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the festival, as the app allowed for a more streamlined way of communicating how participants enjoyed the samples at the event. Participants in the festival were invited to use the app to rate the beer, wine, or food on a scale of one to five stars, which were then used to determine the festival favorites at the end of the event. “In the past, we’ve always had the People’s Choice Awards, but it did not have very good participation… It used paper and took too long to count up,” Pam Owens of the Dripping Springs Chamber said. “We wanted to make the experience more interactive.” When the founders
PHOTO BY CHRIS TORRES
Revelers at the 9th annual Dripping With Taste Festival at Dripping Springs Ranch Park use a smart phone app to rate a wine sampled at the event on Sept. 10. The app, called What’s My Wine, allowed revelers to rate wine and food at the event.
of What’s My App approached the Chamber about potentially using the app at the festival, it provided a beneficial arrangement for both sides. “This year we had twice as many participants than in the past,” Owens said in regards to the success of the app. It also provided the
creators of What’s My Wine an opportunity to collect data to further develop the app, which is still only web-based. The creators of the app hope to continue to work with festivals in the Austin area to gain more exposure. The app, developed by three Austin entrepreneurs, predicts a user’s ideal wine
preferences by creating a taste profile based on their past ratings. The more products you rate, the more accurate the profile will become. Users are also able to filter by price, type and location to determine what wine would be best suited for them. “There are so many factors that go into
selecting a bottle; variety, vintage, price to name a few,” said Bob Weinschenk, one of the app’s co-founders. “We wanted to create a solution that gives users personalized recommendations so they pick their best wine every time.” The creators of the app hope to continue to
–Pam Owens of the Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
work with festivals in the Austin area to gain more exposure. “I think people enjoyed it overall,” said Magdalena Mora with What’s My Wine. “It’s easy to use, and they’ll find it useful in their daily, or weekly, grocery shopping.” Magdalena Mora contributed to this article.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sports Tigers swipe Antlers to stay unbeaten STAFF REPORT
Twelve unanswered first quarter points provided the Dripping Springs Tigers momentum as they rolled past the Kerrville Tivy Antlers 26-7 in Friday’s 27-5A opener to remain unbeaten. Dripping Springs (4-0, 1-0) was led by quarterback Reese Johnson, who went 8 of 14 for 153 yards and two touchdowns passing in the game. Tiger running back Jake Cox finished with a game high 89 yards rushing and a touchdown. Tiger wide receiver Johnny Hoyle led with a game high 100 yards on three receptions and two touchdowns. Dripping Springs will celebrate homecoming Friday when they host the Seguin Matadors at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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Kerrville’s Craig Weathers misses making the tackle on Dripping Springs’ Trevor Greenman (4), who returns an Antler’s punt early in the game vs. Tivy. Beau Collins (42) was blocking for the Tigers.
Texans hold off rivals 31-21 BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ
As the football sailed in the air, Wimberley defensive back Colby Crowder positioned himself for what would eventually be the game-clinching interception in the Texans’ 31-21 win over Canyon Lake Friday night. Canyon Lake was in the midst of a fourth quarter drive that could have cut the deficit to three points. In that moment, with the ball fluttering in the middle of field, Crowder said last year’s 28-14 loss to Canyon Lake was on his mind. Wimberley wanted a redo of the previous season, when the Hawks held them scoreless in the second half to claim the victory. “We’ve been waiting on this game since Week One,” Crowder said. “We knew we had to come out and show what we got. And that’s what we did.” That moment of retribution finally came when Crowder leaped in the air for the interception. Canyon Lake’s drive was over and Wimberley’s celebration was just beginning. “We’ve been looking forward to this game for awhile since we lost last year,” said wide receiver Gavin Martinez. “I just don’t like losing to those guys. It’s not very fun to lose to them because they
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Wimberley Texan junior wide receiver Gavin Martinez withstands a hit from Canyon Lake junior free safety Caimen McDonough (15) in Friday’s non-district game at Texan Stadium.
are right down the road.” Wimberley celebrated a win in which quarterback JoJo Weeks completed 21 of 30 passes for 287 yards, three passing touchdowns and one interception. All three of Weeks’ touchdowns were longer than 20 yards. “My line was outstanding,” Weeks said. “I had no pressure at all. The receivers were making plays. It was great.” Wimberley head coach
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Doug Warren said Weeks’ biggest improvement is his comfort level on the field. In Friday’s win, Warren said Weeks changed the original play several times based on the defensive coverage. “The last couple of weeks you’ve seen a quarterback that is starting to mature a little bit and take control of the offense and be more confident in his decisions,” Warren said. “He has a lot of ability and
he has a strong arm. It’s a growing process and he’s taken some nice steps the last couple weeks.” Weeks’ primary beneficiary was Gavin Martinez, who led the team with six catches, 93 yards and two receiving touchdowns. By the third quarter, Weeks had developed enough confidence in his receiver to attempt a pass in close coverage on the
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Lady Tigers win streak continues
Dripping Springs’ Alex Smith goes up for a block in a non-district game against Wimberley. The Lady Tigers are 3-0 in 26-5A play and have not dropped a set following a 25-11, 25-14, 25-21 sweep of the Kerrville Tivy Lady Antlers in Kerrville last Friday. Lady Tiger junior Graceyn Tippens finished with 11 kills in the match and two aces in the match. Lady Tiger senior Karen Crews had 15 digs, as junior Ava Pritchard finished with three solo blocks. Dripping Springs varsity volleyball team will host Seguin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23. at Tiger Gym.
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Five Dripping Springs High School seniors have been selected as National Merit semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Those five seniors were Cameron Adkins, Abigail Brack, Michael Geary, Rachel Nix and Marnie O’Boyle. The seniors represent the largest group of National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists ever from Dripping Springs High School. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and were the highest scoring students on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become a finalist, a student must have an outstanding high school academic record, be recommended by the school principal and submit SAT
The seniors represent the largest group of National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists ever from Dripping Springs High School.
scores that confirm his/ her earlier qualifying test performance. The index score in the state of Texas (which is how students qualify) was at an all-time high. Finalists will be announced in February 2017. Cameron Adkins: Cameron was named to the All-Star Cast in UIL One-Act Play last year and is vice president of the Thespian Society. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction who ranks in the top 1 percent of the senior class. Cameron is president of Venture Crew, a patrol leader and troop guide in Boy Scouts and plays classical guitar. He is the son of Kristina
Continued from pg. 1 left sideline. Martinez didn’t have any space and the defender was draped all over him. “As long as I throw it up there and it’s near him, he’s gonna catch it,” Weeks said. Weeks’ confidence was rewarded when Martinez hauled in the 26-yard touchdown that extended Wimberley’s lead to 17 points. “JoJo just threw it up and I was able to get it,” Martinez said. “After I made that play, I knew we had to keep on rolling. It wasn’t over.” Martinez’s other touchdown was a 38-yard pass where Weeks had enough time to look at the left side of the field, then towards the right and back to the left side where Martinez was running past the defender. Martinez said he was able to find space for the touchdown grab because the safety was out of position. In all, Wimberley and Canyon Lake accounted for six touchdowns that were longer than 20 yards. Canyon Lake, which trailed the entire game, returned a kick for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter and completed a 39-yard passing touchdown in the third quarter for the team’s final score of the game. Each touchdown
“JoJo just threw it up and I was able to get it ... After I made that play, I knew we had to keep on rolling. It wasn’t over.” – Gavin Martinez, Texan wide receiver
occurred less than one minute after a Wimberley touchdown. Wimberley finished the win with 406 yards and running back Hunter Williams totaled 149 yards on 19 touches. Meanwhile, Canyon Lake was held to 74 yards on 34 carries, forcing the running oriented Hawks outside of their comfort zone. “It was a nice win against a good football team,” Warren said. “I’m pleased with the overall development of our team. We’ve gotten a little better each week and that’s exactly what you want.”
and Robert Adkins. Abigail Brack: The daughter of Erin and Michael Brack, Abigail is the team captain for varsity tennis and a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Also a member of both National Honor Society and Chamber Choir, Abigail is ranked in the top 1 percent of the senior class. Michael Geary: The son of Corinne and Michael Geary, Michael is a member of the varsity football team and National Spanish Honor Society, has qualified for the National Spanish Recognition program, and is ranked among the top 5 percent of his class. He
also plays as a member of a band that recently composed and produced an album, which is available on iTunes. Rachel Nix: The daughter of Linda and Craig Nix, Rachel is a member of the DSHS Jazz Cats and performs with the Christian Academy of Performing Arts. Treasurer of the National Honor Society and secretary of the DSHS Choir, Rachel qualified for the state UIL Championships in Computer Science. She ranks among the top 1 percent of her class. Marnie O’Boyle: An AP Scholar with distinction, Marnie is ranked in the top 5 percent of the senior class, is involved in Technical Theatre, and has studied Latin at Texas State University and through two separate programs in Italy. Marnie is the daughter of Robert O’Boyle and DSISD School Board vice president Barbara Stroud.
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NOTICE TO BIDDERS CBD No. 4559 Sealed proposals for the construction of Highpointe Phase 5, Section 3, Street Excavation, Drainage, Water, Wastewater, Erosion Control and Grading Improvements should be addressed to BHM HIGHPOINTE, LTD, care of Hanna/Magee LP #1, Project Manager, on behalf of the Hays County M.U.D. No. 5. Proposals will be received at the office of Carlson, Brigance & Doering, Inc. (CBD, Inc.), 5501 West William Drive, Austin, Texas 78749 until 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at which time the proposals will be publicly opened. Any proposal received after the closing will be returned unopened. Plans, specifications, bidding documents and Qualification Statements may be obtained from the office of CBD, Inc., 5501 West William Drive, Austin, Texas 78749. A non-refundable purchase fee of One Hundred Twenty Five Dollars ($125.00) is required at the time of pickup of a digital CD inclusive of plans, specifications and bid documents. If a hard copy of the plans is desired, 24 hours notice must be given and a non-refundable fee of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) will be needed. Checks should be made payable to Carlson, Brigance & Doering, Inc. You can contact Cynthia Litton, Cynthia@cbdeng.com, for requests.
An application has been filed with HAYS COUNTY to subdivide 7.92 acres of property located along Mt. Gainor Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. Information regarding the application may be obtained from Hays County Development Services (512) 393-2150. Tracking number: SUB-663.
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A Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at the offices of CBD, Inc. located at 5501 West William Drive, Austin, Texas 78749. Bidders shall be required to complete and submit the Qualification Statement with Bid.
Performance and Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the contract price. The contractor shall furnish bonds acceptable to BHM HIGHPOINTE, LTD, care of Hanna/ Magee LP #1, Project Manager, within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract. A Maintenance Bond will be required in the amount of 10% of the contract and is to remain in force for a period of one year from the date of the letter of final acceptance from the Hays County M.U.D. No. 5, City of Dripping Springs, Hays County, and West Travis County Public Utilities. BHM HIGHPOINTE, LTD, care of Hanna/Magee LP #1, Project Manager, reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any and all technicalities or formalities in the bidding process, to determine which bid is lowest and the best, and to award the contract on this basis. It should be noted that time is of the essence in fulfilling this contract with agreed-upon Completion Schedule. No proposal shall be withdrawn for a period of 90 days after the opening of the bids.
more than 48 million people are suffering from food insecurity. According to the HCFB’s website, only 63 percent of the food insecure population in the county are income-eligible for government nutrition programs. Programs listed on the website include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the program formerly known as food stamps. Locally, the Hays County Food Bank distributed 690,397 pounds of food last year via its six public food distributions and multiple partner agencies, according to a City of Dripping Springs press release. The food bank also provided a traditional holiday meal for 10,922 individuals in Hays County, 452 of which reside in Dripping Springs. The city council encourages citizens to donate to the food back. According to the release, a $20 donation can provide 100 meals through the buying power of the Food Bank, while $30 provides a family the fixings for a full holiday meal. Donations can be made online at www. haysfoodbank.org and/or in person at the Hays County Food Bank located at 220 Herndon Street in San Marcos.
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All questions, clarifications and requests regarding the project must be received in writing via email to Mike Gabel at firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than 12:00 p.m., October 17, 2016. Any requests received after said time and date will not be addressed. A cashier’s check, certified check, or bid bond, payable to BHM HIGHPOINTE, LTD, care of Hanna/Magee LP #1, Project Manager, in an amount not less than 5% of the bid must accompany each bid proposal as a guarantee that, if awarded the contract, the bidder will, within 10 days of the award of the contract, enter into a contract and furnish an acceptable Performance and Payment Bond. The cashier’s check, certified check, or bid bond will be returned to unsuccessful bidders no later than 90 days after received. The bidder’s check will be forfeited to and become the property of BHM HIGHPOINTE, LTD, care of Hanna/Magee LP #1, Project Manager, should the bidder fail to enter into a contract.
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Continued from pg. 1 The goal of the wayfinding sign program, crafted by the city’s transportation advisory board several years ago, was to give people who visit Wimberley directions around town. Don Ferguson, Wimberley City Administrator, said the city has a “tourist based economy,” which can house as many as 10,000 people during certain weekends. “The program would involve design and implementation of information signs that would help visitors find their way around town more easily,” Ferguson said. The city’s wayfinding sign program is a two-component process, Ferguson said. The motoring component would help visitors driving around Wimberley find locations in town. Wimberley’s second component is assisting pedestrians on the Wimberley Square, which includes directional signage and kiosks. Ferguson said the city identified several locations in Wimberley for the new signage, with some signs to be installed on state highways. Over the next 12 to 18 months, Ferguson said the city would begin the first phase of the project. The first phase calls for installation of signs the city leaders feel “are most important to help people find their way around,” Ferguson said. But challenges could arise, as the city must adhere to state standards when it comes to signage on highways. Ferguson said adhering to state standards could mean the total cost rising to roughly $100,000.
Challenges could arise, as the city must adhere to state standards when it comes to signage on highways. Don Ferguson, Wimberley city administrator, said adhering to state standards could mean the total cost rising to roughly $100,000. The expense in erecting signs on the state right-ofway comes from meeting state requirements for signage. Ferguson said the state requires some signs to have certain types of bases and must have breakaway capability for the posts. Wimberley must also have its wayfinding signs “signed off” by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials before they can be installed. Ferguson said it is unknown how long it could take to obtain TxDOT approval for the signs. “We will have to get the state to sign off on the program,” Ferguson said. “If we have to tweak the program to meet stan-
dards, we will do that.” Part of the cost will also go toward crafting signs that are original and customized for Wimberley, Ferguson said. Design of the signs was done during the program development phase, where the signs went through the public process, Ferguson said. The amount for the city’s initial phase of the project was allocated within the fiscal year 2017 budget and comes from the city’s general fund. Ferguson said the city’s general fund is the target source of revenue, but the city could also potentially use Hotel Occupancy Tax monies for the project. HOT is imposed on the rental of a room in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast that costs $15 or more each day. Both the state and local municipalities can implement a HOT. Guests who stay in Wimberley pay an 11 percent tax per night for a hotel room. That tax includes the state’s 6 percent rate, along with the city’s 5 percent tax. Ferguson said that it is “clearly stated” in HOT laws that a permitted use for funds can be used for directional signage to help lodging guests finds their way around town. “Some members of council express interest in joint funding with HOT funds and the general fund,” Ferguson said. But Ferguson said the project was not cutting any new ground. “This is something that’s done by many communities,” Ferguson said. “For this community, we want the signs to be about Wimberley. We want them to have the Wimberley flavor.”
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Continued from pg. 1 and to try to make both sides cohabitate without conflict,” Ferguson said. Council member Gary Barchfeld said the moratoiurm was a “good idea” and that he liked the approach. Mayor Pro-Tem John White said the moratorium would give everyone the chance to talk about grievances they may have about the ordinance. “Everyone gets a chance to air out, if you wish to call them, grievences,” White said. “We are running off of tax money and have the people here to get that tax money. But by the same token, it’s often said we’re destroying our neighborhoods
(with short term rentals). All of these items will be discussed when we have our meetings.” Robby Walker, who advocated for the moratorium during public comment and during a public hearing on the item, encouraged council to go further than what was published in the public notice on the item. Walker said he would like the city to get “more in-depth” on the situation and talk with local homeowners association presidents, lodging owners and other stakeholders. Walker said there were ways to solve the issue that could be beneficial to everyone.
“Everyone that has a stake in tourism have to have some real sit-down meetings to have a common goal met,” Walker said. But Walker said during public hearing he believed there was “some push to hurry this process.” He advocated for the city to take the full 90 days to solve the issue, as he believed the city had moved “too quickly” on the ordinance in the past. “Ninety days isn’t going to hurt anyone,” Walker said. “Please take 90 days and do your due diligence from start to finish and look at all things that go into the CUPs.”
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Continued from pg. 1 There will also be 40+ demonstrators of pioneer crafts and skills, such as butter churning, blacksmithing and quilting.
Brent Thurman Memorial Bull Riding This annual event includes rodeo events, PBR bull riding, golf tournament, dance and more. The event will be held at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on Oct. 1. For more information visit www.brentthurman.com.
Friends Foundation BBQ
Live western swing music, famous Salt Lick BBQ, a silent auction and much more await those who attend the Friends Foundation’s 23rd annual BBQ fundraiser at the Salt Lick Pavilion Oct. 13. All monies raised help support The Friends Foundation’s programs such as Our Daily Bread, which is a hot meal delivery program for the homebound. Visit the web site at www. thefriendsfoundation.org
or call (512) 592-1345 for more information.
Improve your communication and speaking skills with the Toastmasters while enjoying an hour of fun, growth and great energy. The group meets on Tuesdays from 6:307:30 p.m. at Pioneer Bank, 100 Creek Road in Dripping Springs. For more info contact Patrick Reznik, founder, at 512773-9639 or preznik@ braungresham.com, or Steven Schultz, VP membership, at (512) 348-
Cyclists raise $150K for diabetes
Lew Alexander (center), of the Red Rider bicycling team, poses with two other cyclists at the finish line of the 2016 Central Texas Tour de Cure event in Gruene on Saturday. Commuters making their way around Dripping Springs this past weekend had the chance to see Alexander and over 300 other cyclists compete in the event, which began at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The event, which made its way through various highways in the area, was a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Roughly $150,000 was raised during the two-day event.
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The Friends Foundation is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the greater Dripping
Springs area for the Our Daily Bread program, a hot meal delivery program. The current schedule has five routes in the area with meals delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteer delivery drivers must have a vehicle in good operating condition, a Texas drivers
license, a good driving record and pass a criminal background check to qualify. To volunteer or if someone you know could benefit from this program please contact The Friends Foundation at (512) 592-1345 or email info@ thefriendsfoundation.org.
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