MAN — Members of the Man Town Council discussed preparations on Dec. 10 for a proposed annexation election to take place in the coming year.
For several years the town has been asked by residents in the Huff Junction area for annexation so that they could receive police protection from the town. To date, however, most of those proposals came to nothing. The proposal came back up on the agenda a few months ago and the council decided to have an election for the public to vote on the matter.
Town Attorney Adrian Hoosier said all the steps had been made and all that was left was picking a date and a place for the election.
“All of our ‘I’s” are dotted and our ‘T’s are crossed,” Hoosier quipped during the December Man Town Council meeting.
Councilman Daryl Mangum said he would prefer to put the election off until after the holidays and possibly have it at the high school.
Mangrum said he did not want to have such an important election in the dead of winter, with bad weather keeping people away from the polls. Mangrum recommended having the election in March.
Hoosier said maps of the proposed annexation could be placed in public areas so people would have more information about that matter. Council members discussed having the election on a Saturday at Man High School. Mangrum said that way it would not interfere with the school, which was usually closed on Saturdays. Mayor Blevins noted elections had been held at the school before.
Council also discussed an easement for a proposed sewage system expansion for the Buffalo Creek Public Service District. Councilman Mangrum said that the project was going to come in one way or the other and that there was not much point in putting it off.
“It will be a new sewage treatment system for Huff Creek,” Blevins explained. “They have been working on this a long time.”
Councilmembers were also excited about two upcoming events this week, a special ceremony that honored a Man native Thursday, and the upcoming Town of Man Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 14 starting at 6 p.m.
“We need everybody to be there who can,” Blevins said of the Parade. The town’s annual Christmas dinner will be at noon on Dec. 21.
In other Man news:
• The town’s solar power project from last year continues to save the town more money than anybody expected, noted Blevins. Blevins said that the most recent electrical bill was about one half what it was for this fall and winter than in previous years.
• The town’s ongoing water department upgrade continues. Mayor Blevins said that one of the town’s water tanks, which had been damaged around a year ago, was about 95 percent finished.
“It looks good,” Blevins said. “I was up there when they put the floor in. We have to let it sit for a month before we use it, but after that it will be back in service. We have made one payment on it and we have two more payments to be made on the restoration project.”
• Councilman John Fekete said the town had some more complaints about truckers using Jake brakes in town.
“Honestly, I do not know why anybody would be driving fast enough to need them where the complaints are coming from,” Fekete said.
Mayor Blevins noted that last year improper use of Jake brakes had been a problem in town, which lead to their use being prohibited.
Other towns in the area also have signs up asking truckers not to use the loud braking system in towns.