Sunday, November 25, 2012

Coupland news in Taylor Daily Press

The November column of Coupland news is in today's Taylor Daily Press.  It covers the incorporation election, cooking class, school and church news, and more.

Incorporation Committee co-chair Jack Piper shows a map of surrounding cities advancing toward Coupland at the Oct. 29 Coupland Civic Organization meeting.
 Buz Garry buys a new custom-designed Coupland tote bag from Fundraising chair Ruby Wabbel.
Master Chef Peter Wabbel teaches the Oct. 27 cooking class in the beautiful outdoor kitchen of Cole Barton.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Coupland votes to incorporate

Coupland voted to incorporate, with 96 for and 19 against.  This was a huge turnout, considering that there are approximately 200 residents (all residents--registered voters, non-voters, children) within the proposed Coupland city boundaries.  Incorporation Committee Co-Chair Jack Piper said, "Thank you to the citizens of Coupland who voted to maintain our identity as a peaceful, small community."

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, who said, "We've given you a Republic, if you can keep it," today's Coupland citizens say to their descendants, "We've given you a close-knit, rural, beautiful community, if you can keep it." 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Coupland votes on incorporation tomorrow, Nov. 6

Over the past two years, the Coupland Civic Organization presented a series of meetings on the expansion of surrounding cities toward Coupland.  To keep Coupland from  being taken over by another city, the Coupland Incorporation Committee was formed.  They raised money, hired a surveyor, and arranged for the issue of incorporating Coupland to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.  Co-chair Jack Piper said, "We have obtained large maps of the proposed city limits for Coupland and posted them at the depot. There are three black & white maps showing the different sections of the total 2 square miles, which are inside the dark black lines. There is a large color map, thanks to Tony Prete with Waeltz & Prete, Inc., (Civil Engineers), showing the entire 2 square miles with all boundaries, including the ETJ, clearly marked."

Other points  from the Incorporation Committee are:

• Only qualified voters of Williamson County who reside within the geographic area described in the Application to Incorporate shall be entitled to vote in the incorporation election.

• During the November 6 election there shall be one election precinct for the election. The polling place for such election shall be the Coupland School, 620 S. Commerce Street.

Jack also notes:  "Due to the recent redistricting, on November 6th, some people will be required to vote at their assigned voting location for the general election and vote at the Coupland School for the incorporation election."

"Your vote will help determine the future for our community. We are fortunate to have a choice at this time. Do we want to remain a small farming and ranching community with the ability to make decisions for our citizens? Do we want to abide by another entity’s policies? The choice is yours! The Coupland Incorporation Committee believes it is of the utmost importance that we maintain the right to decide for ourselves the appropriate path for Coupland! Vote YES on November 6!"