— By CHRISTIN COYNE
ANNETTA – The Annetta City Council voted Thursday to create the position of public works manager and to move ahead with plans for a new city administrative office.
The council unanimously agreed – with the exception of Chuck Sheridan, who was absent – to authorize Mayor Bruce Pinckard to request a site plan for a city-owned location near Stuard Elementary and voted to seek bids for a modular building to be placed the land.
A proposal by the water advisory committee suggested the city save money by placing a modular building on the site, located near the border of Annetta South and unincorporated Parker County.
There was discussion of using the new location as temporary office for city staff, as well as for future long-term use for the Deer Creek sewer system operator, who would be near the sewer treatment plant at the location.
During previous council meetings, city leaders discussed holding future meetings at Aledo City Hall or Annetta Methodist Church until a city hall with space for larger public meetings could be built.
The city is currently paying about $350 per month to rent the current facility, officials stated during the meeting.
The building, in addition to providing meeting and storage space, serves as an office for a full-time city secretary and part-time billing clerk. It is not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and has been hot during summer days, causing the city to keep limited office hours.
“Moving forward as summer rapidly approaches, I think it would be prudent to get that site plan and get some bids from [modular building companies] based on something that the staff has already drawn - a couple of offices spaces and a place to collect bills and an ADA-compliant bathroom,” Pinckard said.
Public works director
The council also unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance creating the position of public works manager.
Council member Bruce Moore presented an ordinance based on similar ordinances from area cities, he said.
“Now that doesn’t mean we fill this at this point in time,” Moore said. “It just establishes a position that we can go ahead and start planning on.”
They might update the ordinance when the city fills the position, Moore added.
Moore said he is not suggesting filling it immediately and noted that Sheridan, who handles finances for the city, was adamant that they cannot afford it right now.
“I’m not sure how he comes up with that,” Moore said.
The absent Sheridan stated his opposition to the ordinance during discussion of the issue in a meeting the week prior.
He said the city has had issues caused by adopting ordinances without review by the city attorney, adding that he believed the city could not afford to hire a public works director at the time, anyway, and should not be paying for a review of the proposed ordinance until they needed it.
The city’s attorney, Stephen Wood, told the council he had not reviewed the ordinance.