The Anna City Council meeting held on Sept 4 was Mayor Mike Crist’s last meeting. One of the last acts Crist performed as mayor was the Proclamation of Constitution Week, which Crist declared was important for the community. “I urge everybody to study, and reflect on the rights and responsibilities for everybody.”
Crist proclaimed Sept. 18-22 to be the official Constitution Week and presented the proclamation to the John F. Greer chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The chapter was named after John F. Greer, who moved to Collin County in 1867. Greer is credited for building his first home and store in Collin County.
After the proclamation, the council covered a few “housekeeping” items. Police Chief Keith Jenks brought forth the agenda item of a temporary speed limit. “This is a request from the TxDOT,” Jenks said. “For the duration of the construction project, they requested for the speed limit to be 55.” The council passed this item.
Planning and Development Director Maurice Schwanke — along with the Executive Director of the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce Kevin Hall — requested the lot by Anna High School to host the annual Glowfest, with most of the parking will be at the high school. This item also passed.
Jessica Perkins, assistant to the city manager, presented continue the annual sponsorship agreement between the GACC and the Anna Community Development Corporation. “The CDC sponsors five annual events,” Perkins said. “Glowfest, Christmas, the golf tournament, the banquet and July 4.” Perkins recommended to the council to keep the same amount of events sponsored, to which the council agreed.
The meeting was concluded with the council members telling Crist what it meant for them to work with him. Pro Tem Mayor, Justin Burr said he enjoyed working beside Crist. “Thank you for your services, Mike.” Burr said. “Good luck and I’m sorry to see you go.”
“These past few years have been a lot of fun,” Crist said.
Once the council bid Crist farewell, and wished him good luck, the men presented him with a thank you gift. It was a personalized city of Anna street sign. The council also presented one to former councilmember Kenneth Pelham. However, he was not available to receive the sign. Burr accepted it in lieu of Pelham.