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May 3, 2013

Annetta City Council – the race for Place 3

Here is a look at the two candidates seeking the Place 3 seat on the Annetta City Council. Incumbent Chuck Sheridan is being challenged in the May 11 election by Joann Jessup. Early voting continues through Tuesday.

Name: Joann Jessup

Age: 41

Occupation: sales/certified public accountant.

Family: married 13 years, mother of two boys (ages 5 and 7). Both attend Aledo schools. Two dogs, Hank and Bogie.

How long in Annetta: five years.

Community involvement: Aledo youth soccer coach for four years, Aledo youth baseball coach for four years.

What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those?

1. High water rates. As a Deer Creek water customer myself, I, too, am frustrated by the high water rates. Just the water for inside my house in the winter runs over $100. I would like to see lower water rates and plan to use my skills as a CPA to investigate the finances of the water system to determine if we can make changes that allow for lower water rates.

2. Lack of water supply. Not being able to water at all in the summer is very frustrating for all of us water customers. I would like to see more water wells and tanks constructed in areas that do not lower or depreciate home values. I will push for more resources toward constructing these wells and tanks and getting them operational in a timely manner.

3. Road conditions. Our current road conditions are not optimal. The council was able to budget $15,000 for roads and will use that money to repair only a small section of roads in our town. I would like to see more money budgeted for roads if possible, especially if the annexation of more residents occurs.

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

There are some great reasons to annex the area residents that are serviced by the water system. By annexing these people in, they will have a vote in the city elections and can elect individuals that share their ideals and concerns on the water system. This will also give these neighbors a feeling of community instead of feeling like an outsider. Annetta will also have more oversight on zoning of these areas and can assist in keeping the “small town” feel that most people desire.

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