Lisa Flowers, president of the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, said she met with a developer and the skilled nursing facility two years ago and just assumed all of it was taken care of and approved.
“I would like to encourage Willow Park to bring more commercial business to the city in a more timely manner,” Flowers said. “Secondly, the chamber’s here to promote businesses that will add value to our community and we are in favor of an assisted-living facility in East Parker County.”
“So I would like for y’all to pass this,” Flowers said. “Let’s move forward. I think it would be good for the community.”
Pat Martin, a neighbor, church member and area title company businesswoman, also spoke in favor of the annexation.
“It’s amazing how one stumbling block can keep these things from going through,” Martin said.
She said the city needs to be encouraging businesses to come.
City building inspector Jason Peninger told the council that the church’s application was technically complete and the city had everything viable for the annexation to occur.
After the vote, Suchocki made a statement saying he is concerned about whether the city can supply water to the developments and is concerned about the city’s debt service.
“There’s a lot of underlying problems and I think these are getting fixed,” Suchocki said, adding that he’s anticipating that they will with the new council.
Given that, and having facilities in Willow Park and the ad valorem taxes from the area, Suchocki said it was close vote for him.
Zoning and site plan requests from the developers are among the additional issues that are expected to come before council in upcoming months.