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Proposed annexation to include Dollar General
Manuel Decena Jr.
ELMENDORF -- The handful of city residents who attended the May 19 and 23 public hearings related to annexing land to include the Dollar General store here are in favor of the plan.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said one resident at the May 19 hearing that was part of a special meeting of the Elmendorf City Council.
The city is considering the annexation of a 3.346-acre tract at the corner of U.S. 181 and Kilowatt Road, which includes a portion of Adkins-Elmendorf Road and the Dollar General property.
Only two other residents -- Alderman-elect Polo Maldonado and Ruby Hyatt -- were in the audience for that hearing, which closed one minute after it began. But prior to the next agenda item, the topic quickly turned back to the hearing and concerns raised by Maldonado and Alderman R.M. “Andy” Anderson about the scant attendance. Anderson asked about how citizens were notified.
City Administrator Cody Dailey said notice of the hearing was published in the Wilson County News -- the city’s official legal publication -- in accordance with law.
Also during the May 19 meeting, the council voted to approve the canvass of returns from the May 10 election. Evelyn E. Lykins was declared the winner of the mayor’s race, in which she received the most votes among the four candidates. Maldonado won election as alderman Place 3, while Linda Peña Ortiz ran unopposed to be re-elected as the Place 5 alderman.
Dailey said the three are set to be sworn in at the council’s June 12 meeting.
The council also briefly discussed a proposal by outgoing Mayor Manuel Decena Jr. to create an assistant city administrator’s position. The council decided to revisit the issue during its upcoming fiscal year 2015 budget workshops.
For more about the May 23 meeting, read the June 4 edition of the Wilson County News.
Also in attendance: City Secretary Roxanne De Leon.
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