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May 3, 2013

Annetta City Council – the race for Place 3

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3. Road repair and maintenance is also an issue that is extremely important to our entire community. It impacts our safety and our finances. 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 far 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 far 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.

Are you for or against the annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?

At the December 20th council meeting, I made a motion to accept the annexation petition and start the process for two public hearings. This would have allowed the entire community to have questions answered and concerns addressed. The purpose of the public hearings, according to state law, is to allow a time period during which the “pros and cons” of the issue can be discussed by all involved.

Unfortunately, my motion died far lack of a second. Every member except Farrar Patterson was present. Mayor Pinckard called a special meeting on January 3 to discuss annexation again. Again, I made a motion to begin the process of public hearings. My motion again died for lack of a second.

In March, the council held a workshop on annexation. Community members (Annetta residents and water customers) attended. Questions were asked and concerns raised. Two primary issues come out. First, what costs would be incurred by the city if the homes were annexed into the city – primarily costs of monitoring the roads where these homes exist.

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