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Brenna Eliaz, a Crockett Elementary student, submitted the winning design in the under 10-years-old-age bracket.

Brenna Eliaz, a Crockett Elementary student, submitted the winning design in the under 10-years-old-age bracket.

Jourdan Gamez, a Doris Miller Middle School, submitted the winning design in the 11- to 13-year-old category.

Jourdan Gamez, a Doris Miller Middle School, submitted the winning design in the 11- to 13-year-old category.

Honorable mention winner Mabel Lopez, grand prize winner Andrea Weissenbuehler and Dusti Bridges, winner in the 14- to 18-year-old age bracket. All three are Texas State University students.

Honorable mention winner Mabel Lopez, grand prize winner Andrea Weissenbuehler and Dusti Bridges, winner in the 14- to 18-year-old age bracket. All three are Texas State University students.

STAFF REPORT

New storm drain covers for the city of San Marcos and Texas State University will be imprinted with the likeness of a salamander, the winning design from a local contest sponsored by the city and university.

Grand prize winner Andrea Weissenbuehler’s San Marcos salamander will be incorporated into new storm drain covers cast for the city of San Marcos and Texas State University. The border image was borrowed from another contest entry by Mabel Lopez, who won honorable mention.[/caption]

The friendly looking amphibian is the work of Andrea Weissenbuehler, a Texas State graduate student in communication design who submitted the grand prize-winning design out of 64 entries in the competition. Weissenbuehler’s work will be combined with a border conceived by Mabel Lopez, a fellow Bobcat who won honorable mention.

“Having spent all this time in San Marcos is what led to my creation of the artwork — the river and salamanders truly inspired me,” Weissenbuehler said.

Local artists competed in four age categories, each of which produced its own winner. They are:

  • Brenna Eliaz of Crockett Elementary School, winner in the under 10-years-old group;
  • Jourdan Gamez of Doris Miller School, winner in the 11- to 13-year-old group;
  • Dusti Bridges of Texas State University, winner in the 14- to 18-year-old group; and
  • Weissenbuehler, winner in the over 18-years-old group.

Winners were chosen by a panel comprised of representatives from the city, county, university, the San Marcos Arts Commission and a local environmental group. The judges included Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hays County Pct. 1 Constable David Peterson, San Marcos Public Services director Tom Taggart; San Marcos and Convention and Visitors Bureau innovation manager Charlotte Wattigny; SignArts owner John Diaz; Texas State marketing director Diana Harrell; and Lauren Williams, the university’s general merchandizing marketing manager.

In addition to the salamander, who seems to be lounging on a bed of Texas Wild Rice, the manhole covers will bear the words “Remember Your Friends in the Water – San Marcos, TX.” The Texas State University version of the covers will include the words “Texas State” on the rim.

The contest is part of a joint education effort between the city and university to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act. In 2010, the City of San Marcos was designated by the Census Bureau as an “Urban Area.”  As such, the City and Texas State are required to develop a stormwater management plan that includes public education and public involvement among other criteria.

Of the 64 entries, more than 30 were from local public and private school children; nine were Texas State students or staff; and the remaining 25 or so were San Marcos area residents, Melissa Millecam, the city’s spokesperson said.


COVER: Grand prize winner Andrea Weissenbuehler’s San Marcos salamander will be incorporated into new storm drain covers cast for the city of San Marcos and Texas State University. The border image was borrowed from another contest entry by Mabel Lopez, who won honorable mention.

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2 thoughts on “Salamander wins contest for city’s new manhole covers

  1. Well, if this isn’t the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in a long time, I don’t know what is. How much will these fancy little boondoggles cost us above and beyond the perfectly good manhole covers we already have?

  2. They always leave that out of the story. Only $300 so far. This is but a drop in the salamander-laden water compared to other EPA requirements.

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