Here is a look at the candidates, incumbent Bruce Pinckard and challenger Rick Machak, seeking the seat of mayor on the Annetta City Council. Early voting begins Monday, and Election Day is May 11. We asked the candidates three questions, limiting each response to 300 words.
Name: Rick Machak
Occupation: president, Woodmont Company
Family: wife, Kathryn; two children, Julie and Jason; and eight grandchildren
How long resided in city: 15 years
Community involvement: worked on Planning and Zoning Committee, currently a city councilman for Annetta
What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those?
I plan to keep the water bills low. I plan to fix the current tank which has a leak in it and immediately get the new water system facilities installed on the north end of the city. This should have been done in the last 2-1/2 years. As a leader your first obligation is to get water to the people of the city you are a leader in. This is of utmost importance to me to take care of this issue. Our current Mayor Pinckard has been mayor for 2-1/2 years and has not handled this properly. I have the experience with these types of issues and can get it done within the first six months of being mayor.
I plan to implement a comprehensive use plan. Bruce Pinckard has had 2-1/2 years to do this and has not done this. All the citizens of Annetta should be asking Bruce Pinckard why he has not gotten this done? When you are a leader of a city it is important to make sure you know which parts of your city is residential and which is commercial. I plan to get this completed immediately. It is important to know exactly where all the boundaries are in the city you are serving. This is a very important issue. I intend to keep a 2-acre minimum and would like to keep Annetta small and rural.