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Councilman takes offense to tar baby reference

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Annexation approved

MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WILMER – Citizens outside the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction showed up in numbers opposing the city plans to annex their property into city limits.

Thursday, June 17,all members of the council unanimously approved annexing more than 50 of properties with the exception lot 5, located at 602 Interstate Highway 45 and the DALCO properties listed as 35, 36 and 37 in the annexation plan due to legal transactions.

"I am outraged you would place something like this on a flier and pass it around town," said Councilman Bob Turner.

"Do you know what a ‘Tar baby’ is?? If you were old enough to remember, you would know."

The group, Citizens Against New Taxes, passed out fliers around town headlined : Wilmer City Council Grabs a "Tar Baby", in reference to Brer Rabbit in the children’s tale.

According to the group, Mayor Jeff Steele and the council continue to ignore the constitutional rights of Wilmer area citizens.

"This is not the end," said Michael Cook, C.A.N.T’s management consultant.

"We will be filing suit in Dallas County as soon as you [Steele] hit the gavel.

Cook did apologize for any misrepresentation the fliers might have caused and promised to stop passing them out to citizens.

"I was referring to a cartoon and the idea of such did not cross my mind at all," said Cook.

The service plan provided to the newly incorporated areas of Wilmer includes police protection, fire protection, maintenance and operation of roads and streets including road and street lighting, emergency medical services, maintenance and operation of parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and any other publicly owned facility.

The service plan is valid for 10 years with renewal being at the discretion of the city.


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