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January 9, 2013

Annetta Town Council majority continues to shun annexation request

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The Annetta South council voted Dec. 13 to release land inside their extraterritorial jurisdiction to accommodate the annexation, but the Annetta council has declined  — twice now — to schedule public hearings on the issue.

Public comment

Nine area residents spoke at Thursday’s meeting, even though the agenda had no portion for public comment. City attorney Drew Larkin told Pinckard he had the authority to acknowledge the speakers.

First up was council member Wood, who accused Pinckard of sending a letter that misrepresented the views of Annetta citizens who spoke at the December meeting.

“The mayor sent out a letter that said, ‘of those who spoke on behalf of the proceedings, the majority were citizens of Annetta and pleaded with the council to proceed with the public hearings,’” he said.

“I have two letters — one from Mike Brasovan and one from John Reding. Both categorically denied that they said they were in favor of the meeting. What they said is, ‘you should proceed very cautiously.’”

Leslie Wood worried aloud that the annexation might trigger a property tax.

“I am concerned if the city can handle doubling its size in 30 days,” she said. “We don’t have enough in the budget to fix the roads now.”

Aledo ISD school board president Bobby Rigues, an Annetta resident, encouraged the council to follow protocol and the process of democracy.

“At the end of the day, we let the public decide, let the process follow through,” he said.

Dennis Thompson, who lives in Deer Creek, said the city could more than double its revenue from franchise fees paid by utilities — about $65,000 — if it went forward with annexation, money which could be used to repair roads.

He said Commissioner Dusty Renfro told him the county would bring all the roads and intersections in the area to be annexed up to county standards before they turned them over to the city.

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