The Nov. 7 election day is closing in, with the mayoral position and seat four both open for election on the Anna City Council. The council seat has four candidates vying for the position. Chris Reeves is one of those candidates running.
Reeves is a Police Officer with the Prosper Independent School District Police Department, and has lived in the Anna community for 10 years.
The future of Anna is the main reason Reeves decided to run, he said. “I decided to run for City Council because I want what every citizen here wants, to live in the safest, most family-oriented town possible. Growth is upon us, and I believe I can represent our citizens with integrity and respect.”
Even though Reeves has never served on any boards, he still has a useful set of skills. “I have not had the opportunity to serve on any boards, however, I worked for the City of Anna Police Department for 10 years. I truly believe that experience and unique insight could benefit our citizens. If elected, I would come I with an open mind and work hard with other city council members to achieve what is best for Anna, and our citizens.”
Reeves said his vision for Anna is two-fold. “My vision for the City of Anna would be to create the safest atmosphere for growing families possible. Also, I would like to see a city government that promotes transparency, and strives to go above-and-beyond to make Anna the most sought-after city in Collin County.”
When asked his thoughts on the city hall proposal, Reeves said he sees the need, however, the price tag worries him. “As a former employee with the city, I spent many shifts dreaming of new facilities. I remember starting off in the small house on the corner across from City hall, then moving to the old Independent Bank. I agree that it would be ideal to build a new city hall, however, I am concerned with the price tag of $17 million.”
Reeves said eminent domain is needed at times, when it benefits all citizens. Yet, when it is used as a ‘land grab’, or done without necessity, it undermines the people’s trust as well as faith in our city government.
Reeves said the new Senate Bill clears up quite a bit when it comes to annexation. “With the new Senate Bill 6 going into effect in January of 2018, I think we have great leadership at the state level. Municipalities can no longer involuntarily annex people in the ETJ, land owners that wish to become part of cities infrastructure and benefit from their services now can on their terms. In my opinion this is the way it should have been all along.”
Without being directly involved with the new branding, Reeves does not really have an opinion on it. He said he is mostly worried about the amount being spent. “I haven’t been directly involved with the new city logo. I have heard from both sides, though, the people that support it and the ones that do not. $85K for a new city logo seems unrealistic. As a councilman, I have my work cut out for me.”