The community of Ables Springs will become a municipality if residents there approve of its incorporation during the Nov. 3 general election.
Kaufman County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously gave the go ahead to conduct an election on whether to incorporate.
“Were not looking for more government,” Ables Springs resident Peter Esposito told commissioners. Residents there, however, want the ability to represent themselves and have a say in how the community grows and develops instead of leaving that to outside forces, Esposito told commissioners.
The November vote won’t be the first time people in Ables Springs have attempted to incorporate. A group of Ables Springs residents tried in 2007 to incorporate the community, citing a desire to preserve its small-town character amid the swift growth in Kaufman County. An election was conducted in May of 2007, and the initiative was defeated with 40 people in favor of incorporation and 62 opposed.
Unincorporated communities in Texas can become legally incorporated towns following approval from the majority of voters in the area. The rules for incorporation are outlined in Texas Local Government Code. Towns can be incorporated as type A, B or C general law municipalities or as a home rule municipality with its own charter.
Ables Springs is located about 10 miles northeast of Terrell along FM 429. The community’s roots go back to 1848, when the state of Texas granted land to Ezekiel Ables, according to historical accounts. Ezekiel's son James and his wife, Eliza, settled there five years later. A spring that yielded bountiful freshwater was incorporated into the community’s name. The spring eventually ran dry, and in 1979 the Ables Springs Water Supply Corporation was formed.