Anna City Council approves new waste, recycling provider

Joshua Baethge,
The Anna-Melissa Tribune
Anna Police Chief Jeff Caponera, from left, Martin Nolan, Gordon Haynes, Erik Rodriguez and Mayor Nate Pike pose for a photo Tuesday. The Anna City Council presented Nolan, Haynes and Rodriguez with certificates for coming to thed aid of  came to the aid of Anna Police Officer Timothy Thomas, who was struggling with a suspect.

ANNA - On Tuesday night, the Anna City Council formally approved CARDS Dallas as the city’s new solid waste and recycling service provider.

The contract will be in effect for seven years. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

CARDS was one of three new contractors to bid on the Anna contract. In May, the council announced that the city was entering into exclusive negotiations with them in hopes of finalizing a deal.

Current contractor Bradshaw & Son chose not to submit a bid after serving the city for 25 years. Its current contract with the city ends Aug. 31.

Heroes in actions

Three Vitz Metal employees were recognized during the council meeting for their brave actions.

In May, a suspect who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance attacked Anna Police Officer Timothy Thomas and attempted to get his gun. The bystanders, Martin Nolan, Gordon Haynes and Erik Rodriguez, helped control the suspect so that he could be arrested.

At the meeting, the men were presented a commemorative coin by Anna Police Chief Jeff Caponera and received a standing ovation from council members.

Diversity Council formally established

The council also formally created a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board at this week’s meeting. This was something Mayor Nate Pike first proposed during the city’s peaceful community protest against racism and police brutality last month.

The commission will be made up of 11 residents. Each will be appointed by the city council and serve for two years. No member will be allowed to serve more than three full terms.

After the commission is appointed, terms will be staggered so that no more than half of the board can be replaced at any given time. Members will serve on a voluntary basis and act as advisors to the council. They will also have the ability to establish subcommittees to address specific issues if needed.

“I think it’s a great way to keep dialog open,” Pike said. “When you put people that are different in a room together and you start having good discussions, I think there are some great things that can come out of this.”

New sign for local legend

The City Council also approved a measure Tuesday supporting efforts to change signage on U.S. 75 Exit 48A to honor Charles Ell White.

The World War II Army Air Corps pilot was shot down over Romania and held as a prisoner of war. He later moved to Anna and served on the City Council, school board and volunteer fire department. White Road in Anna is named in his honor.

This action was taken after descendants of White sent a letter to city officials.

Currently, the freeway exit sign says “Anna-Weston Road.” City of Anna officials say that the error was due to the fact that the Texas Department of Transportation did not consult with them when widening U.S. 75 through the town.

TxDOT officials also did not review the addresses of local businesses, many of which use White Street.

Since the city feels the error is TxDOT’s fault, it is asking the agency to either cover the $65,000 replacement sign cost or pay for a less costly patch over the sign.

The resolution approved by the council Tuesday authorizes that a formal letter be sent to State Sen. Pat Fallon and State Representatives Justin Holland and Scott Sandford appealing for their help.

“We feel very strongly that this will help by getting our state-level elected officials involved to try and help us, and fight on our behalf to get some action and do what’s right,” Public Works Director Greg Peters said.