Weatherford Democrat

Top News

September 27, 2013

Annetta opens doors to city hall for public use

Mayor’s earlier action in question

By JUDY SHERIDAN

ANNETTA – Annetta’s city hall is now available for public use according to a 3-2 decision made by the Annetta City Council Tuesday night.

The decision comes on the heels of dissension among city leaders regarding the use of city facilities by Annetta South.

Council members Chuck Sheridan, George Ripley and Kent Stasey voted in favor of a resolution to permit other cities and community groups to use the town hall at the discretion of the mayor and city secretary. Council members Larry Wood and Bruce Moore voted against the resolution.

Authored by Mayor Bruce Pinckard, the new resolution limits the use of the town hall to groups that are willing to obtain enough insurance coverage to protect the town’s interests and that name the town as a third-party beneficiary in their insurance policy.

The resolution states that the city hall “exists to serve the public good” and also that council decisions are often influenced by the discussions of neighboring cities, community groups and other governmental subdivisions.

“The night Annetta South used this [facility] — which prompted this [resolution] — we got valuable information about a development going on in their ETJ that nearly abuts our city limits,” Pinckard told the council.

“It behooves us to keep our ears to the ground and our eyes to the horizon about what goes on in our neighboring cities,” he said. “It gives us a valuable heads-up.”

Back story

According to Annetta South city secretary Daina Lawler, Pinckard gave the Annetta South Town Council permission to meet at Annetta City Hall as a “one-time deal” to conduct the city’s regular August meeting.

Giving that permission, however, appears to conflict with the Annetta council’s unanimous directive, as cited in the minutes from the June 20 meeting.

Moore recalled the directive when he offered a resolution opposing Pinckard’s Tuesday night. His resolution would have restricted city hall use to all groups except the Town of Annetta.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Dozens Gain Citizenship As Debate Continues Dodgers Found Partly Responsible in Fan Beating Children of Deported Parents Speak Out Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Raw: World's Tallest Water Slide Opens Thursday
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results