Presented with petitions from Deer Creek residents and 77 signatures from existing Annetta residents in favor of annexation, the council scheduled two public hearings for July 16 and 18 regarding the annexation of Deer Creek water customers into the Town of Annetta.
Dennis Thompson and Tracie Fambrough, two members of the Water Advisory Board, were dismissed by the Annetta City Council at Thursday evening's meeting. More details will be in the Jan. 25 issue of The Community News.
Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard has called a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 3 in order to discuss the possible annexation requested by more than 500 Deer Creek Waterworks customers. At a recent meeting, the motion to discuss the issue by the city council died for lack of a second.
Mayor Pinckard's statement is as follows:
To the Citizens of Annetta, Town Council and Community at large:
A Mayor’s duties as defined by the Local Government code in the Texas Statutes and further discussed and reviewed during the December 20 council meeting include “giving the council any information, and shall recommend to the governing body any measure, that relates to improving the finances, police, health, security, cleanliness, comfort, ornament, or good government of the municipality.”
For this reason, I have chosen to call a Special Meeting on Thursday at 7:00 pm to discuss further the request put forth by over 500 customers of the Deer Creek Water Works, which is owned by the Town of Annetta, for annexation into the city. This is most obviously an issue of Good Government. Much information exists and needs to be discussed in order to make a thoughtful, informed and transparent decision whether to move forward with the public hearings and give both citizens and petitioners the right to be heard. The issue also may affect the Town’s finances, health, security and comfort. It is a reasonable issue to be heard for all the above reasons.
Suchocki unseats Alderman in Willow Park
Aledo ISD Place 1 and 2 incumbents Jay Stringer and Johnny Campbell held on to their seats by large margins in tonight's school board elections.
Stringer defeated challenger Tracey Johnson 550 votes to 253. Campbell defeated challenger Richard Henderson 566-221.
The AISD Place 3 race to replace retiring board president Joe Dearing, Jr. is currently undecided. David Tillman received 307 votes to Gary Aguillard's 306. Tricia Haber received 236 votes. There are, however, eight mail-in ballots still outstanding which could play in Aguillard's favor. The final results will be certified before the next school board meeting on Monday, May 21.
Willow Park City Council
In the race for Willow Park City Council Place 4, Dan Stalling received 169 votes to 131 for Brian Thornburg.
Bernard Suchocki succeeded in unseating long-time board member Hale Alderman 194-120.
Annetta City Council
Larry Wood defeated Bill Lunsford 128-83 for Annetta Place 1. Bruce Moore won Place 2 over Mike Brasovan, 121-86.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Residents from the area visited the cafeteria at McCall Elementary School on Tuesday night, Jan. 24 to see the locations of the proposed ramp changes for Interstate 20. The west-bound exits for Ranch House Road and FM 5 are planned to be moved significantly westward.
More on the story can be found in the Jan. 27 issue of The Community News.
One of the hottest, driest summers in history is beginning to take its toll on local water supplies.
All local communities have enacted some form of water restrictions. The latest to join is the City of Aledo, which enacted Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan effective Friday, July 15.
Willow Park is under Stage IV of its Water Conservation Plan.
Hudson Oaks has been under Stage II of its plan.
Deer Creek is under Stage III.
Hudson Oaks Assistant City Administrator Patrick Lawler pointed out that the area’s rainfall is the lowest in 116 years.
“It’s going to be a true test of the capacity of these systems,” Lawler said. “I would encourage people to please try to conserve water.”
Willow Park voters spoke in a big way Saturday night when they overwhelmingly elected Marvin Glasgow over incumbent mayor Kenneth Hawkins. Glasgow won the election with 88.66 percent of the vote.
In the race for Place 1 on the Willow Park City Council, Richard Neverdousky likewise received the lion's share of votes over Tim Koirtyohann to replace the exiting Barry Tatum. Neverdousky received 489 votes (86.24%) to Koirtyohann's 78 (13.76%).
Gene Martin ran unopposed for Place 2, receiving 418 votes.
Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard survived a concerted attempt to unseat him, winning over challenger Bruce Moore with 93 votes to Moore's 84.
EARLY VOTING SITES AND HOURS
Early voting sites and hours for voting by personal appearance for the General Election to be held on May 14, 2011 elections in the Cities of Weatherford, Willow Park, Hudson Oaks and Annetta, and for the Weatherford College Board of Trustees as conducted by Parker County, Texas are as follows:
Main Early Voting Site:
Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Dr.
Branch Early Voting Sites:
Springtown City Hall
102 East 2nd St.
City Council Meeting Room
Doss Student Center
225 College Park Dr.
Allene Strain Community Room
Peaster Middle School
8512 FM RD 920
School Board Meeting Room
Phil LumsdenMayor of Annetta Phil Lumsden has resigned from office and made it official last Thursday.
Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen said that Lumsden wants to spend more time with his family. According to Annetta City Councilman Chester Tucker, Mayor Pro-Tem Bruce Pinckard will run the city. Tucker also said that another resignation may come in Annetta city government, but did not reveal whom it may be.
Deen will be honoring Lumsden tonight at the Hudson Oaks City Council meeting. Other area mayors and leaders, as well as citizens, are expected to attend to give the resigning mayor a proper send off.
The Hudson Oaks City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Hudson Oaks City Hall, 210 N. Lakeshore.
Dominic Genetti/The Community NewsWillow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins signs off on one of the many documents that finalizes the sale of the Deer Creek and Dyegard water systems to the cities of Hudson Oaks and Annetta.
Ownership becomes official Friday Oct. 1 at the start of the new fiscal year.