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January 27, 2013

Hudson Oaks officials concerned over impact of Annetta’s politics

By BRIAN SMITH

HUDSON OAKS — Annetta Town Council politics have delayed and hindered needed improvements to the Deer Creek Water and Wastewater System, City of Hudson Oaks officials told their city council Thursday night.

The mayor of Annetta also told city leaders during the meeting that he hopes to continue the relationship with Hudson Oaks, which manages the system under contract, and intends to hold the Annetta council members accountable for their actions.

During a report at Thursday night’s council meeting regarding the agreement between the cities, Hudson Oaks Assistant City Administrator Patrick Lawler said water and sewer improvement plans, which include a new well and storage tank site on the north end of the system, an additional well site to the south and expanded capacity at the present sewer plant, have been delayed.

“Political delays are hurting us right now and because of them we won’t be able to start the improvements before next summer,” Lawler said. “We’ve taken on the debt to make the improvements but the political process is not conducive to developing plant growth right now.”

In early 2012, the Town of Annetta issued $1 million in bonds for improvements to the system, which will be paid for by users.

However, members of the Annetta council spread rumors affecting land acquisition, according to Lawler.

Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard told the Hudson Oaks council that the political climate in his city is “strained” right now, but he hopes it won’t last much longer. He said some members of the council ran for office simply because they didn’t like that Annetta purchased the system. Annetta took over ownership from the City of Willow Park in 2010 after years of litigation involving affected residents and all six East Parker County cities. The initial three-year agreement with Hudson Oaks to manage the system expires in October but has a two-year extension option.

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