By JUDY SHERIDAN
ANNETTA – A special meeting of the Annetta Town Council — held last Thursday to consider holding public hearings related to a proposed annexation — ended with the same failure to act Deer Creek petitioners encountered when they raised the issue with the council last month.
This meeting, however, included an additional petition signed by 64 Annetta residents urging the council to accept and consider the petition signed by Deer Creek water customers. The petition was presented by Mayor Bruce Pinckard.
“We, the residents of Annetta, believe the customers of the Deer Creek Water System have the right and should be afforded the opportunity to become residents of the Town of Annetta in order that they may participate in the governance of Annetta and have the opportunity to elect those officials charged with the management and operation of the water system and the direction this community takes,” the petition states.
“We are all neighbors and [future development] will affect their neighborhood and their property values as much as it affects ours.”
A motion to approve the resolution, made by council member Chuck Sheridan, died for lack of a second. Sheridan also made the motion to begin the public input process on the proposed annexation in December.
Council members Farrar Patterson, Bruce Moore and Mayor Pro Tem Larry Wood attended Thursday’s meeting, conducted by Pinckard. Council member Richard Machak was absent.
About 500 Parker County residents — users of the Deer Creek water system owned by Annetta — have signed a petition requesting to be annexed into Annetta. They have asked the council to vote in their favor before Feb. 7, so those who live in unincorporated areas will be eligible to vote in May elections.
At the heart of the issue is representation; Deer Creek residents have no vote to determine what their water and sewer rates are or how revenues are spent.