Submitted by Max Marosko:
Amazing what some people will steal. Well, not really people but scum bags!! Sometime after late last Thursday (Apr 23) evening and Saturday (Apr 25) morning, low life thieves dismantled and made off with about half the lower guard rails on the northside of the historic (and closed) CR 456 Brushy Creek Bridge. The theft was reported to the Williamson County Sheriff’s office on Sunday (Apr 26). No more of the 103 year old railing was observed to be stolen until this evening (Apr 29) when it was noted that ALL THE RAILING on the north half of the bridge has been stolen. This continued theft of the guard rail was also reported to the County sheriff this evening (Apr 29), but short of stationing an officer 24/7 at the bridge, it is unlikely the thieves will be apprehended. Not only is this a theft of County property, it is a theft of property belonging to the tax paying public of Williamson County and it is also severely defacing a rare and historic monument to an earlier time. With no guard railing on the sides of the bridge, the bridge now constitutes a real and present dangerous safety hazard … there is nothing to prevent someone from falling from the bridge onto the steep bank below or, worse yet, falling the 25 feet down into the flowing creek. And that probably puts it into the category of an attractive nuisance making the County (and indirectly the County taxpayers) liable for any harm that should happen to anyone falling from the bridge. So, be aware that if you take or know of someone who takes small children onto the bridge for whatever reason, they are in a greatly increased risk of falling off the bridge. And grown-ups are equally at risk of unintentionally falling from the bridge. If you happen to have any information regarding the theft of these historic bridge railings, please contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 512-943-1365.
[Editor’s Note: If the bridge had been repaired in a timely fashion, the thieves would not be so bold for fear of being spotted.]
Yes, that’s right. The Coupland Times is up for sale, just like our home. Circumstances beyond my control make it necessary for me to relocate. I will dearly miss our home and my friends here. However, that doesn’t mean the Coupland Times has to go away.
So, if you would like to take over the Coupland Times and try your hand at providing content that you think Couplanders and fans of Coupland will enjoy, let’s talk.
Posting stories and pictures is easy. Linking it to your Facebook account is easy too. And if you are feeling adventurous, you can do much more. To make it easy, there is no need to set up your own website hosting or move the domain registration. You can pay the minimal cost to me and I’ll take care of all the behind the scenes work.
I will provide ongoing technical support and show you how to do the basics and how to learn more if you want to do more. I have a few simple conditions for the sale that I’m sure you will find agreeable.
Everyone wants to leave a lasting legacy. I’m proud of the role that the Coupland Times has played in this community and I feel honored that so many of the leaders as well as the respected elders of Coupland are subscribers to this endeavor.
If you are interested, send a private message to me by clicking here.
Stewart Dale Spencer
Looks like we might need our own posse!
This came in a few days ago. Most have probably seen it on the community email. – Editor
It has come to our attention that there is a WHITE PANEL TRUCK spotted and perhaps canvassing properties east of Coupland. One spotting was on CR 463 and when approached the truck swiftly took off.
We have seen an increase in crime in our area. Please watch out for your neighbor and be sure to report any unusual activity to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department.
If you know of anyone who is not receiving alerts and would like to become part of our Neighborhood Watch community, please notify Jennifer Dollins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will add you to our community-wide email list.
CR 456 BRIDGE OVER BRUSHY CREEK CLOSED
[Publisher’s Note: The bridge made semi-famous in a scene in the movie “Second-Hand Lions,” and which happens to be an excellent location for a game of Poohsticks, is closed. I am calling for prayers that it can be repaired rather than replaced. If you ever use the bridge, you probably don’t need the map below to know the detour.]
August 6, 2014 (Williamson County, TX) – The CR 456 bridge over Brushy Creek near Coupland has been closed until further notice due to structural concerns. The County is working with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to determine the appropriate path forward regarding the repair or possible replacement the structure.
One of Jim Huntington’s large, outside sculptures on display at the Huntington Sculpture Foundation was vandalized on Saturday night.
Evidence was collected from the scene by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and surveillance video is being examined. According to Huntington, this is the first time his sculptures have been vandalized. He said, “I am going to rework this, one of my favorite sculptures dedicated to Hiromi Uehara, the brilliant young pianist, and hope that its new version is acceptable.”
Jim said, “I heard the woomph when it hit the ground and I said to myself, ‘OMG, I hope I am not under assault.’ I was.” He went on to say, “It was heartbreaking to have one of my favorite pieces damaged and it sickens me to think what is in store for the sculptures when I pass, if the culture keeps degrading to the degree it has been.”
If anyone in the area has any information that might help identify the culprits, please contact the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.
[Publisher’s Note: This would be a good time to pay a visit to the Huntington Sculpture Foundation and make a donation to help defray the cost of recreating this work of art. Take some time to look around and bathe in the subtle energies. Huntington’s works are already part of our heritage. The sculpture garden is a rare treasure and is one of the things that makes Coupland so unique.]
Submitted by Jim Huntington:
We scheduled a count of ballots predicated on our mistake in thinking we had set Oct 31st as the deadline for posting, when in reality, it says Nov 30th postmark deadline. We will conduct the CWSC meeting but ballots will NOT be counted till Dec, when we will conduct another meeting to count ballots.
The two sales tax issues on the ballot for the City of Coupland passed easily with 81% of 37 Coupland voters approving a 1% sales tax in city limits and 84% approving a ¼% sales tax, earmarked for road maintenance.
It’s going to be a while before the city coffer looks like this.
The Williamson County bond proposals also passed with 64% of about 29,000 Williamson County voters approving the sale of road bonds and 55% approving the sale of park bonds. Keep in mind that the county isn’t obligated to spend the money on the proposed projects. See the related story: Funding Essential Government Functions With Bonds
You can get info on all the elections results, including the state constitutional amendments, here: Election Results