Anna City offices fully reopen

By Rick Bailey
For the Van Alstyne Leader
The Anna City Council presented outgoing Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Hall a ceremonial street sign in recognition of his service to the city.

City Manager Jim Proce announced in the May 25 Anna city council meeting that all municipal buildings would reopen to the public on June 1.  For over a year now, the city has instituted a series of safety measures to ensure that residents and staff were protected from COVID-19.  This meant that some facilities were locked during business hours while others were only accessible on a limited basis Now that vaccination rates have increased and the number of cases has declined, the city is moving to make things as normal as possible.

Masks will not be required, though individuals may still wear them if they choose. 

DART Reschedules Meeting

During the same council meeting, Public Works Director Greg Peters reported that a scheduled May 21 meeting with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officials to discuss the state of its right-of-way through the city was canceled about an hour before it was scheduled to take place.  The meeting was tentatively rescheduled for May 26.  

At the time this article went to press, the results of that meeting were not yet known.

Last month, Peters sent an email to multiple DART officials demanding action.  It was the culmination of over a year’s worth of efforts to get the regional transit authority to clean up the area under its jurisdictions. That includes the railroad tracks near downtown Anna as well as Sherley Avenue and Riggins Street. Of great concern is the area near the city’s new municipal complex, which has overgrown grass, excessive litter, and various unsightly storage containers. City officials have expressed concern that this could hinder redevelopment efforts in the area.

Mayor Nate Pike directed city staff to help draft a letter to the DART board of directors if a resolution agreeable to Anna was not quickly reached. He noted that the DART board includes local officials from multiple North Texas communities who would not accept the poor right-of-way conditions in their cities that Anna is currently dealing with.

High School Filmmakers Honored

Pike declared May 25 to be Anna High School Audio/Visual Production Narrative Team Day. The declaration was made in recognition of the team’s film “Justin Yuso Saves toe World” taking top honors in the Division I UIL Young Filmmakers State contest.  It also noted that the achievement was especially impressive given all of the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This was the team’s second consecutive state qualifier. Those honored included filmmakers Macie Boone, Caroline Boykin, Matt Campbell, Jonathan Chih, Camden Demetrovich, Tyler Erovick, Emma Godwin, TeMyjia Jemison, Tyler Lang, Dallas Meader, Justin Muthaka, Eric Oliva, Dorian Ruffin, Jerry Sifuentes, Gabe Silva, and Jacob Watt, as well as teacher and mentor, Randall Kramen. 

Outgoing Chamber CEO Recognized

Also honored during the May 25 meeting was outgoing Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Hall.  He was presented with a ceremonial street sign bearing his name. Mayor Pike commended his work over the past eight years and said he would miss him.

“I don’t know one person in the City of Anna that knows you who you are and doesn’t know the outstanding job that you’ve done,” he said.