Pinckard said he believes it is “symbolic of people tired of being treated as second-class citizens.”
“I’m excited to see that the city council is moving forward by listening to the requests of the petitioners,” Pinckard said. “This is overdue in my opinion.”
In December and January, the former council, with the exception of council member Chuck Sheridan, declined to accept a similar annexation petition signed by hundreds of surrounding residents.
Opponents have voiced concerns the city may be taking on too much responsibility, such as adding roads that need upkeep the city can’t afford.
One council member has also voiced concerns the annexation might not be legal.
Council member Bruce Moore asked the mayor Thursday when Annetta and Annetta South agreed to an extraterritorial jurisdiction change.
Pinckard told him that for purposes of the annexation, Annetta South had released their claim to their ETJ. The city attorney also verified that he had seen the documentation.
With Moore abstaining, the council voted to accept the petition and scheduled public hearings for July 16 and July 18.
The move towards a possible annexation comes as Annetta is facing significant growth challenges, many that will affect the petitioning residents.
The city council voted Thursday night to allow the mayor and council member George Ripley to immediately begin working out a plan to transition operations of the city’s water and sewer systems from the City of Hudson Oaks to Annetta, a plan that council members agreed should be worked out prior to renewing the contract with Hudson Oaks. Hudson Oaks has managed Annetta’s system since the city purchased it in 2010 from the City of Willow Park.
The city is also attempting to drill two new wells and finish other improvements to allow the Deer Creek water system to meet the demand for water.
Funding for road maintenance has also been an issue.
“In order to fix the roads we already have, I think we are going to have to push forward with a tax,” council member Larry Wood, who oversees the city’s roads needs, told the council Thursday night.