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Anna finalizing plans for May 1 bond election

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
city of Anna

The Anna City council announced plans for a May 1 bond election during its Jan. 26 meeting. They are expected to officially approve the package during their Feb. 9 meeting.

 The $50- $58 million package will be divided into three parts.  Proposition A will allow for the issuance of $8 million in bonds to fund a new fire station and ladder truck. Over the past 20 years, Anna’s population has grown by more than 1,125 percent. In response, the city has proposed a second fire station west of US 75 and North of FM 455 in the Villages of Hurricane Creek Development.  The developers provided the city land for the station

The ladder truck was recommended by a study of the Anna Fire Department conducted in 2019 by UT Dallas. Adding this apparatus to the fleet will allow Anna firefighters to access elevated structures, areas that cannot support ground ladders and vehicles or people in need of assistance on an embankment. It would also allow firefighters to reach overhead railcars and semis and to rescue people in high places like bucket trucks, power lifts or trees. 

Proposition B would authorize $22 million in bonds towards a public library and community center. It would include multipurpose recreation, meeting and classroom space designed with public input. The library would be located in the northeast corner of the future municipal complex at the intersection of Highway 5 and North Powell Parkway.

Proposition C would allow the issuance of between $20- $28 million in bonds to fund parks, trails, recreation and sports per recommendations from the city's parks and recreation master plan. This includes indoor recreation facilities, outdoor sports fields, additional trail connections, amenities for currently undeveloped parks, a community skate park and updates to existing facilities and sports fields. 

Nate Pike

Mayor Nate Pike says he is very comfortable with the proposals. He sees the bond election as the answer to some of the things he’s heard since he joined the city government five years ago. Residents have repeatedly advocated for things like a library and recreation facilities. Now through the bond election, they can decide if they want to use the tools required to execute and implement those projects.

“At the end of the day it’s not up to all of us (the council),” he said. “We’re just giving our community the opportunity to choose what projects they would like.”