The Voter - December 2017



  • Land Use Planning Position
  • Development along HWY 46 
  • Land Conservation Options 
  • Support the League




Roxanna Deane
Darlene HIcks
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel  & Susan Herr
Betty Colley
Gloria Suarez Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jerrie Champlin


Janyth Frederickson

Membership Chair, Off Board

Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Lois Ricci


LWV is a non partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, but does take positions on issues based on member study
and consensus.


Impact on Issues

LWV US public policy positions


Program Perspectives

LWV Texas public policy positions


Mark your Calendars


WHAT: Christmas Brunch

WHEN:  Saturday, Dec. 16: 10:30 am

WHERE: For directions and to RSVP contact Fran Hargrove at 830.620.0080 or


WHAT:  Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training

WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan. 16: 10 to 11

WHERE:   Comal County Elections Center

                396 North Seguin Avenue
                New Braunfels, TX 78130


WHAT: How to tell if the news is real presented 

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16: 12 to 1

WHERE: Tye Preston Memorial Library

                 16311 South Access Road

                  Canyon Lake, TX 78133


From the President


On a very rainy evening during Wurstfest, 100 people showed up to learn about land conservation options in Comal County.  The speakers were great and the crowd were attentive and energized.  As a co-sponsor of the event, we can be proud that  our efforts to educate the public may serve as the catalyst for an organized effort to protect open space in Comal County.


Members received an email last week with a link to an online interest survey.  This survey takes less than two minutes to complete and helps the Board match volunteer opportunities with members and learn about topics that would be of interest for meetings.  Please take the time to complete the survey by clicking on Interest survey.

The Christmas brunch is an opportunity to spend time together and enjoy Fran's warm hospitality.  Please RSVP today so she will know how many people to prepare for.  You are welcome to invite a guest.


Anyone who would like to help out with voter registration needs to attend the Deputy Voter Registrar Training.  If you went to training in 2017, you do not have to repeat until 2019.  Let Robin Engel know if you take the training. 


In the two public meetings described below, Tom Hornseth,  Comal County Engineer, provided valuable information.   The County Engineer's website is a treasure trove of information, including presentations that Hornseth has presented to various organizations, including the League. 

Happy Holidays

Roxanna Deane



LWV-CA Land Use Planning Position


Our League first adopted a position on land use planning in Comal County in 2006. At the November Board meeting, the revised position was adopted.  This position, taken after extensive study and member consensus, will be used as a platform for advocacy.  


Development Along Highway 46


It was standing room only as LWV Comal members  and local residents gathered at the Bulverde Spring Branch Library on Nov. 14 to hear Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth discuss development along Highway 46.


His presentation took the audience of 48 on a detailed tour of subdivisions and highway projects including the history and planning that contributed to what we see today and what’s coming in the future.  Addressing attendees’ questions, Hornseth provided examples of how the issues examined in the LWV-CA’s latest publication, Facts & Issues: Land Use Planning in Comal County, Impacts of Growth, Time for Action play out as the county grows.  Traffic was an issue raised several times and Hornseth listed the highway improvement priorities being considered by Comal County Commissioners and am estimated timeline on when projects might be started.


Hornseth's powerpoint presentation has been uploaded to the Comal County Engineer's Office website. Look for recent presentations on the main page.


Publicity Director Jerrie Champlin presented Hornseth with a LWV mug and our gratitude for his presentation and the information he provided to the Land Use Committee.

Jerrie Champlin



Land Conservation Options for Comal


As noted above a crowd of 100 people came to hear a panel discussion on options to conserve land in Comal County.  Most of the presentations are available on the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance website.

The presentations began with an overview of existing parks and preserves by Jensie Madden, LWV-CA member and a description of the Comal County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan by Tom Hornseth, County Engineer. 


Julie Koppenheffer, attorney, talked about what is being done in San Antonio to conserve land.  In 2005 77% of voters approved PROP 1 to collect 1/8 cent sales tax to purchase land to protect the Edwards Aquifer. They have found it more cost effective to purchase conservation easements instead of the land. Though Comal County is maxed out on sales tax, she thought the County had some other options.


Dianne Wassenich, Director of San Marcos River Foundation, talked about "ordinary citizens" banding together to raise funds and buy land to protect and preserve the San Marcos River.  Now SMRF is working to become their own land trust., specializing in small properties.  She told the audience "to just do it".


Katherine Romans, Executive Director, Hill Country Alliance ended the presentations with a call to action. 

o   Comal County has 12,000 acres in permanent protection; about 3% of total land.

o   She put Comal County into the regional context of the Hill Country in general, talking about the pressures of growth on our land, water, night skies, etc.

o   She said that in order to match landowners with the organizations and governments who want to conserve, we need:

1.       Conservation leaders from the community.

2.       Committed landowner partners.

3.       Local demand for conservation 

4.       Resources to leverage funding.


Jensie Madden 


Support the League


In this season of giving and remembering the important things in our lives, we ask that you consider donating to the League of Women Voters-Comal Area.  The work of the League is now more critical then ever and with your help we can further the important work that our League does in our community from Voter Guides, candidate forums, to informational forums.


Want to remember LWV-Comal Area this holiday season you may do so by donating either to the general fund or LWV-CA Education Fund.  You have two options the first option you may mail your check to the League or you can visit to our website and click “Support Us”, fill out the form and click donate by PayPal.   If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please mail your check to the League and write LWV-CA Ed Fund in the memo line.  


Are you stumped and don’t know what to get someone who has EVERYTHING, give a donation to the League in their honor!  We will send them a holiday card announcing your donation in their name, all you need do is include a note with their name and address along with your check or use our website donation site and write their name and address on the comment line. 


Please make out your check to: LWV-Comal Area and mail to: LWV-Comal Area, P. O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, Texas 78131.   


May you have a Happy Holiday Season and thank you for your contribution!

Gloria Suarez Sasser


University of County Government


Earlier this year I attended the University of County Government.  In these 10 sessions, elected officials and county employees described the functions of their department.  The functions of county government compared to those of a city or the state became very clear. I highly recommend these free sessions.

Find out more information and register here.


Roxanna Deane




Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or


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