New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Drainage tops council agenda
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels City Council, which has been looking at ways to improve drainage in the city since the June 9 flood, will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday to hear a city staff report on drainage issues.
Council will get an update on drainage projects, funding options, federally mandated drainage
NEW BRAUNFELS COUNCIL
When: 4:30 p.m. Monday Where: City Hall, 424 S. Castell Ave.
requirements and the creation of a Watershed Advisory Committee.
In the flood’s aftermath, council approved studies of 19 drainage projects across the city. Consultants have been preparing cost/benefit analyses of those projects so that council can provide direction on
which projects should be tackled first.
City staffers have proposed for council’s consideration the implementation of a stormwater utility fee as a funding source for drainage improvement projects and maintenance. Such fees are generally calculated based on the size of a property.
The proposed Watershed Advisory Committee would be appointed by council to advise the city on such
issues as strengthening drainage regulations and instituting new federally mandated stormwater-qual-ity regulations to be required when census figures officially put the city’s population at over 50,000.
Following the 4:30 p.m. drainage update and discussion, council will reconvene at 6 p.m. Among the topics to be discussed:
See COUNCIL, Page 11A
► CITY ELECTIONS
Mayor, council seats up for grabs in NB
By Greg Bowen
Candidate filing will begin Monday for the May 14 may-oral and city council election.
For those interested in running, an application for a place on the ballot can be obtained from acting City Secretary Ann Smith at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Her office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Application forms also can obtained from the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos. state.tx.us, and submitted to the City Secretary’s Office.
The deadline to file is 5 p.m. March 14.
There is no filing fee.
Seats on New Braunfels City Council held by Mayor Bruce Boyer, District 5 City Councilor Kathleen Krueger and District 6 City Councilor Steven Digges are up for grabs. Boyer and Krueger are prevented by city charter restrictions from running again in 2011. Digges is eligible to seek re-election.
The only announced candidate thus far is former Mayor-pro tern Gale Pospisil, who has announced her intention to run for mayor. Pospisil, who served on council from 2003 to 2009, said Friday she would file as a candidate on Monday.
Winning candidates will serve three-year terms.
Early voting, which runs May 2-10, will be at Comal County Elections Annex, 345 Landa St., which is the old
See FILING, Page 12A
YOUNGSTER, FAMILY HEAD TO HAWAII
Seth Gutierrez, 10, right, plays a video game in his bedroom Thursday while his brother, Adonis, 3, looks on. Seth suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and is traveling to Hawaii with his parents and six siblings through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
WISH COMES TRUE
Gutierrez family living out 10-year-old Seth’s dream
By Will Wright
Seth Gutierrez is a small kid with a big wish — one that’ll come true beginning this weekend.
Three years ago Seth, now 10, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the rarest forms of the disease. You'd never know it to look at him. Sporting an ear-to-ear grin with giggles
aplenty, he dotes on his 4-month-old niece and frolics around with his 3-year-old brother.
Seth is part of a big family, one that includes four sisters and two brothers, mom Kerry and dad Leroy. Together, they’ll all be headed to Hawaii for a week-long vacation — courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Seth’s very simple wish: He wants to swim with the dolphins in a very
blue sea. Kerpr Gutierrez said her son’s illness will soon rob him of his mobility, which is why she contacted Make-A-Wish on his behalf last August.
“For three years, people kept telling me that you should Make-A-Wish for him, so they can help do something you might never be able to do for him," she said.
See WISH, Page 12A
Commit to better communication this Valentine’s Day
By J. Louise Larson
Cupid has his day Monday—it's Valentine’s Day, and while it’s not too late to buy flowers or plan a candlelight dinner, experts say it’s not too late to commit to a better relationship, either.
Darla Lane is a licensed clinical social worker in New Braunfels. She said she sees people working hard
on their marriages.
“On a daily basis, we see couples trying to improve or salvage their relationship,’’ she said.
There’s plenty of evidence that hard work is required.
According to Jennifer Baker of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Mo., the odds for success actually decline with successive marriages. Of first-time marriages, 50 percent end in
divorce; of second marriages, 67 percent end in divorce; of third marriages, 74 percent end in divorce.
The numbers don’t surprise Lane.
“Communication is one of the biggest problem areas — learning how to discuss things with their partner in a way that the other can ensure being heard and understood,’’ she said.
Assertive communication is important, she said.
“It’s not accusatory and it doesn’t put your partner on the defensive," she said, stressing what she calls “reflective listening.”
Treating your partner with respect, not being abusive or damaging, is something that’s done through actions, Lane said.
“I do believe that actions speak louder than words. Tone of voice is very important also — it comes up a lot.”
I ► JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared Feb. 4 from his New Braunfels home.This photo was taken hours before he went missing. He was wearing the same outfit when he disappeared.
Family steps up search
Community members form parties to look for Joshua
By Megan Holt
A circle of people formed in the front yard of Joshua Davis Jr.’s family home Saturday afternoon.
Holding hands, about 50 community members prayed for the baby’s safe return and for the family’s peace of mind.
“We are looking for reconciliation within the community and the parents,” said LaTondra Darnell, New Creation Christian Fellowship Church care group leader. “Even when the police have moved the search to a recovery, we are coming together to find baby Josh."
The 18-month-old toddler has been missing since Feb. 4 from Savannah Hill Circle in New Braunfels, despite dog teams’ continuous search efforts.
Community members, as well as members of Joshua’s family, met at the family home Saturday to organize small search parties, stepping up the investigation themselves. Five groups of about 10 people prepared to pass out hundreds of fliers in the New Braunfels and San Marcos areas.
See JOSHUA, Page 11A
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