ANNETTA — Here is a look at the candidates seeking Place 3 or Place 5 on the Annetta Town Council. In Place 3 incumbent Chuck Sheridan faces challenger Joann Jessup. Mike Brasovan and Kent Stasey are running for Place 5, currently held by Farrar Patterson, who did not refile.
Position: Annetta Town Council, Place 3
Name: Chuck Sheridan
Occupation: senior vice president, mortgage lending, Omni American Bank
Family: wife Laurie, 24 years; two sons (Dayton and Brendan) both graduates of Aledo ISD and both currently enrolled in college
How long resided in city: 24 years in the same home, which was annexed into Annetta city limits two years ago
Community involvement: member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church; Board of Realtors; Mortgage Bankers Association
What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those?
First, the water system is a critical issue to the citizens of Annetta and the customers of our
water system, many of whom do not currently reside inside the city limits of Annetta. The
engineers hired by the city told us that we needed three wells in order to bring the water
system into maximum efficiency. One well has been drilled and is now operational. We need to work with all concerned to find suitable site locations for the remaining two wells and complete that process. We also need to work together to develop a plan to insure that maintenance and repairs on the system are up to date.I believe that the appointment of the Water Advisory Committee was one of the best things the Annetta City Council has ever done. The members of the advisory committee studied the issues facing the city and provided sound advice that has helped the mayor and council move forward. At this time, I do not think the city is ready to take over the day-to-day operation of the water system from Hudson Oaks. As noted in the Water Advisory Committee’s report, and backed up with financial data they provided, Annetta simply cannot operate the system as well or as cost efficiently at the present time as Hudson Oaks is doing. We are still in the learning phase. While we someday hope to take over the operation of our water system, now is not the time. Second, the proposed annexation of approximately 450 homes into the town of Annetta is an issue that must be appropriately dealt with by the council. I am in favor of the annexation of area residents serviced by the city’s water system. When new residents are brought into the city, the city will be able to collect franchise fees paid by the utility companies those families use.I have estimated that this will increase the revenue earned for the Town of Annetta by approximately 100 percent over what is currently being paid to our town by utility companies. This additional revenue will enable Annetta to pay for much needed road repair and establish an annual road maintenance plan. In addition to increased revenue, this will enable more citizens to have input into city government and an opportunity to serve our community. This would hopefully result in better representation of the entire community.
Road repair and maintenance is also an issue that is extremely important to our entire community. When our roads are in disrepair, as they are now, accidents are more likely and our vehicles are subject to costly damage. This is not good for anyone. The Town of Annetta has very limited funds to repair roads. In fact, it was only two years ago that the council established a form process to budget for road repairs. One benefit of the annexation of additional homes on the water system would be increased revenue from franchise fees, some of which could be designated for road repairs. We must fix the roads that are currently in need of repair and develop an annual road maintenance plan so that work is done before the roads get in such bad shape. Like most things in life, maintaining a road is much more cost effective than repairing it after problems develop.