Monthly Archives: November 2013

Statement from the Board of the Coupland Water Supply Corporation

Submitted by Jim Huntington:

The current Coupland Water Supply Corp (CWSC) board has seen our financial reserve completely used up due to unexpected expenses, either from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) mandates or from unpreventable maintenance and repair issues. Our actions as a board have been based on what we deemed to be the most responsible thing to do, to maintain the system and these actions have been unanimous.

To successfully operate, we need a certain amount of money coming in every month or we will be in deficit. While all of us on the current board would like nothing better than to have lower rates, it is our analysis and unanimous opinion that lowering rates at this time would definitely not be prudent but actually would be counterproductive, which would force higher rates in the long run because we would have to borrow money to operate and pay interest on that money, instead of compiling a reserve on which we draw interest.

In 2012, the current CWSC board voted unanimously to increase rates by increasing the rate per 1000 gallons of water usage to $7.00. In the past, when we had to increase revenue, we raised the flat rate which was the same amount levied on everyone. This time when rate increase was necessary, we decided to raise rates on usage, so that the more you use, the more you pay, thereby protecting modest users from subsidizing greater users.

The current board also voted unanimously to set the Capacity Reservation fee at $5000, which is much lower than other nearby municipalities and much lower than the cost of a septic system. That money is set aside for improvements and eventually, at some point in the future, to plan for an expansion to the processing plant as we move close to the capacity of what the present plant can handle.

The current board CWSC has worked well and harmoniously for several years, reaching unanimous consensus on all issues which have confronted us. Our primary focus has been on what is good for the total CWSC system putting aside any personal agendas.

Voting is open until Nov. 30th. If you lost or misplaced ballot, you can get a replacement from either Karen Marosko or Jim Huntington.

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This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Renewing Your Baptism

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

This Sunday worship on the hill at St. Peter’s will draw attention to how God regards young children with the Sacrament of Baptism, declaring “You Are God’s Beloved!” Scriptures from the 98th Psalm, a portion of Isaiah’s song in Isaiah 65:17-24 and Luke 21:5-19 will inform our gathering. All will be invited to renew their own Baptism as they come forward for the sacred moment of Holy Communion. ALL who come in faith are welcome here and at the Table!

Readings:

  • Isaiah 65:17-25
  • Psalm 98
  • Luke 21:5-19

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Emergency Services District #10 Meeting Set for November 19

Notice of Public meeting

The Williamson County ESD #10 Commissioners will meet Tuesday, November 19th @ 7:00pm at the Coupland Fire Station.

Agenda:

  • Call to order
  • Review and approve last meeting’s minutes
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Old business
  • Bridge loan allocations
  • Third party billing
  • Audit options
  • Fuel Island update
  • Commissioners training
  • New business
  • Discuss Commissioners duties realignment
  • Addendums:
  • Adjournment

The public is invited & encouraged to attend

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City Council Meeting Highlights for November 14

L-R: Susan Garry, Barbara Piper, Jack Piper, Karen Marosko, Eldridge Tidwell, Susan Schmidt (September 12, 2013)

L-R: Susan Garry, Barbara Piper, Jack Piper, Karen Marosko,
Eldridge Tidwell, Susan Schmidt (September 12, 2013)

This month’s City Council meeting was very short and sparsely attended but a few important matters were on the agenda. Two citizens attended the meeting. Susan Garry and Karen Marosko were unable  to attend the meeting but the Mayor and three Aldermen constituted a quorum. Here are the highlights of the meeting:

  • Mayor Piper presented a financial report showing income and expenses for the period ending October 31, 2013. He noted that the City has begun to receive ad valorem tax revenue as a result of miscellaneous property tax payments to the County. The general fund ending balance was $2,900.
  • The Council discussed road maintenance issues. The Mayor said that he had visited recently with the County Judge. According to the Mayor, Judge Gattis is seeking a legal opinion regarding whether or not the County can take on the maintenance of Coupland roads until the City has sufficient funds to take on that responsibility. The Mayor said he would follow up if there is no response from the County after a reasonable period.
  • The Council passed an ordinance canvassing the returns and declaring the results of the election on November 5. The two sales tax issues on the ballot were passed by Coupland voters. The ordinance will be sent to the State Comptroller’s office and they will eventually adjust the collection of the sales tax within Coupland to increase it by 1.25 percent.
  • There was a discussion of an application for a new subdivision in Coupland. The County forwarded an application from Howard Prinz, who is subdividing his acreage along Highway 95. Approximately 7 acres of land will be platted as “Prinz Estates.” Patrick Hughes of the County Engineer’s Office says it conforms to the County’s requirements for a preliminary plat. Because the City is not yet set up to process subdivision applications, the Mayor proposed a resolution authorizing the County to process this application. He noted that the City’s new subdivision ordinance would still be applicable. Barbara Piper made a motion to adopt the resolution, which was seconded and unanimously approved by the Aldermen.
  • There was a discussion regarding the establishment of an inter-local agreement with Williamson County for the review of subdivision applications within Coupland’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Mayor Piper reported that Patrick Hughes told him he would be willing to attend a future council meeting to explain the issues involved.
  • The Council acknowledged local events. Ms. Piper mentioned the beginning of the renovation of the historic caboose by the Coupland Civic Organization, of which she is the president.
  • No citizens signed up to speak to the Council but the Mayor addressed a few questions to Tim & Barbara Worthy, owners of the Coupland Inn and Dancehall, regarding the sales tax implementation process. Mr. Worthy mentioned that the alcohol tax will be going up to 15 percent in January. He added that most of their customers are from Austin so the increase in the sales and liquor taxes will be paid primarily by non-residents. Mayor Piper said that he had been told by someone with the County that Coupland would be getting a portion of that increase. He noted that liquor tax payments come in to the City on a quarterly basis.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be on December 12.

Lost Dog Who Lost a Leg (Updated)

UPDATE: Allie was found on the porch of Buz and Susan Garry and has been returned home safely. Yay!

Submitted by James Brazell:

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In the Tuesday morning cold front, one of my gates blew open and I lost my dog, Allie, an older, female, chow-mix with three legs.

1151 County Road 458, Coupland

512-658-0830

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Historic Caboose Renovation in Progress

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No, that’s not a space alien building a machine to conquer the earth. As you can see in the image below, it’s actually Rosie Haines working with some of the material extracted from the old caboose.

IMG_0739Dustin Haines was working inside the old caboose. This phase of the renovation includes three sides of the old Rock Island Caboose. This was my first glimpse into the caboose. I told Dustin it looked better than I thought it would. He said that it was only because the west wall was gone and that it had been in pretty bad shape.

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The Coupland Civic Organization owns the caboose. It is parked outside the Coupland Depot and Museum. Funds raised at the Choo-Choo Fest a few months ago made this possible.