Deer Creek resident Traci Fambrough said she promised former mayor Phil Lumsden several years ago that as the final stage of the water system deal, the area would seek annexation.
The water system affects everybody and if the system is going to be owned by the city, the residents need to be a part of the city, Fambrough said.
Steve Wood, the city’s attorney and a Deer Creek resident, spoke in favor of the annexation, saying the people of Annetta are great people and if the city decides to levy an ad valorem tax, he would be proud to pay his taxes to better the community.
It was a strange situation, Wood said. “Usually the people being annexed don’t want it.”
Steve Barron, a Deer Creek resident, said the “water debacle” affects residents on both sides of the line and those with property inside city limits are affected by the publicity, as well.
Annetta resident Mike Brasovan noted the area in question is already developed.
Brasovan said he is concerned annexation would change the culture of the city.
“I don’t oppose people being annexed into the city,” Annetta resident Vearl Chapman said. “I just don’t want my lifestyle to change.”
“They are already here,” Annetta resident Marc Wohl said of the Deer Creek residents living in the community, adding that there is strength in numbers. “This is the right thing to do for a lot of reasons.”