(Seguin) -- Let the campaigning begin. Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher has officially ordered the election for the possible incorporation of the city of Capote Hills just south of Seguin. Members of Stop Seguin South, last month, submitted the required paperwork to move forward with the election.
Those documents were signed early Wednesday by Kutscher who says signing the documents are the next step in the process. He says it will now be up to voters to decide on whether or not to incorporate the stretch of land located west of FM 1117, east of FM 775 and no further south than Zion Hill and Elm Creek roads. He says the ballot will also allow for the election of a mayor and two commissioners.
"At the end of January, paperwork was submitted for potential creation of an incorporated area south of Seguin called Capote Hills. I've reviewed that paperwork and per the local government code requirements of filing a petition, map incorporation documents and application, I basically signed all the paperwork to move forward ordering the election, which will be a possible incorporation election for May the 6th, 2017. The Sand Hills Volunteer Fire Department will be the polling location," said Kutscher.
Terry Harper, the chairman for the Stop Seguin South effort, tells the Seguin Daily News that the effort was designed to prevent the city of Seguin from ever annexing the area. He says the area contains approximately 1,500 people and is a very rural part of the county. He says although the idea of annexation by the city is not currently on the table, its position makes it a potential candidate at anytime. Harper also spoke of working with those who helped create the city of Kingsbury two years ago for guidance throughout this process.
As history has it, Stop Seguin South members says the proposed area was once an existing community for more than 100 years. In fact they say, it also was almost incorporated in the late 1800's. That attempt, obviously, failed.
The suggested name at the time was Capote -- the basis for the new proposed name of Capote Hills which was suggested and voted on by members of the organizing group and by members of the public.
The election, again, is slated for Saturday, May 6 at the Sand Hills Volunteer Fire Department located at 4252 Zion Hill Road. Early voting will run from Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be held on Monday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 2nd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the area VFD.