Are you for or against annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?
I am in favor of the annexation. I believe that our neighbors who have asked to be annexed into the Town of Annetta should be welcomed into our city and that the addition of these homes will generate much needed revenue from utility franchise fees (collected through regulated rates of utility companies) for our roads and other city needs. My family and I have been a customer of the water system for 11 years. It has had three owners during that time. Approximately 75 percent of homes on the system are outside the Annetta city limits. Those families will be responsible for repayment of the debt associated with the purchase, repairs and maintenance of the system. A legally drafted petition was presented to the current council members but the motion to proceed died for lack of a second.
These families have no vote in any matter before the council, including matters that specifically impact their water, which impacts the value of their homes. Several years ago, we fought for the purchase of the system from Willow Park because we had NO vote and NO representation in Willow Park. Current councilmen Machak, Wood, Patterson and Moore (whose homes are not on the water system) apparently believe restricted representation should continue and vote that way as a group. This behavior leaves the majority of the Annetta water system customers without any voice in preserving their property values, yet again, but still paying the majority of the debt. Not only is that not fair, it is not good business. We have an opportunity to bring these homes into the City of Annetta, collect the fees available from utility companies, increase city revenue and bring our neighborhoods back together while building goodwill and community, which has been severely damaged in recent months.
Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the position? What separates you from your opponent?
My family is dependent on the water system owned by Annetta, and I am directly impacted by the decisions made by the Annetta City Council. I’m neither a developer nor an investor, nor do I have any plans to be one. I simply want to do the right thing for my family and the families who live in my community. I have not run for other political offices and I do not have plans to run for other positions. I am focused on Annetta! I support the annexation of other families who want to have some say in how decisions are made that impact their life and their property.
I have lived here for 11 years, and I’ve shown that I believe in this community and I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and get involved. I know that my business experience will serve the community well when faced with important decisions that impact the lives of our citizens. I have a degree in business, utility business experience, I understand finances and I know what it takes to get a job done.
Most of all, I was raised in a family where I learned that integrity was the most important value a person can bring to the table, and I work hard to prove myself trustworthy and ethical in my personal and professional dealings with people. I believe that we should respect city employees, residents and customers, and build an atmosphere of goodwill and the willingness to DO THE RIGHT THING.
I have spent extensive time educating myself regarding the annexation issue and would NOT recommend annexation unless I felt it was financially in the best interest of Annetta citizens today and for the future. My opponents “wait” behavior simply aligns with the council members that refuse to second the motion by Councilman Sheridan to have formal hearings and initiate analysis and public input through the process allowed by state law. The motion died for lack of a second, twice. The mayor initially called a special meeting in January 2013 because the data indicated a positive effect for the town.
I am not a politician and I am willing to take a stand on an issue that is critically important to current and potential citizens of our town. My stance is based on sound data that is already available to the mayor and the town or anyone willing to put in the work, it’s the Right Thing to Do.