“Two meetings ago the council was very adamant in our vote that we wanted this to be for our own activities in the city and not leasing it out or lending it out to any other organizations,” Moore said. “We really don’t have the facilities; it’s not up to standards for any public use.”
A portion of the minutes from the June 20 Annetta meeting follow:
“Councilman Sheridan made the motion to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Annetta South for the purposes of allowing the use of Annetta Town Hall for meeting & business purposes. The motion dies due to a lack of a second. Councilman Wood made the motion to amend the agreement to allow just the drop-off portion only with no monetary exchange.
Councilman Moore seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.”
In a phone interview Lawler said she knew of the council’s decision, but Pinckard told her their main concern was security, and both Pinckard and Annetta city secretary Chad Roberts were in attendance.
Pinckard agreed that it might “appear on the surface” that he was not acting in accordance with the council’s decision, but said Annetta South had business that affected the City of Annetta and there was a conflict with Annetta South’s regular meeting place, Aledo’s Community Center.
“I did not disregard [the Annetta Council’s decision] in any way,” he said. “I continued to allow the previous use prior to that night’s discussion. At no time during the council meeting was the word prohibited used.”
Pinckard said Annetta’s town hall was used by Annetta South for many years, but the city stopped meeting there when Lawler, who also served as Annetta’s city secretary, offered her resignation early in the year.
During Tuesday’s meeting Moore also argued that the original building contract did not permit anything other than city business, and Wood added that the attorney should review the lease, lest the city violate the “couple days a week, a couple hours a day” agreement with the landlord.