SALADO - Since August, a group of people in Salado have been pushing for the disannexation of the Village’s Mill Creek neighborhood.
After months of campaigning and petitioning, the measure finally went to a vote Saturday. However, it fell by almost 600 votes, only receiving 14 percent of the vote.
John Newman, spokesman for the group Salado F.E.D. Up(For the Election of Disannexation) said it was a long shot.
“It was the only option that we had,” Newman said.
It was the night of August 18, 2016 at a board of alderman meeting that would be a talking point around town for months. A group of people who named themselves Salado F.E.D. Up filed their first petition to disannex the Mill Creek portion of Salado.
There were multiple reasons, but two stood out.
The group wanted transparency in the village government and wanted more information on a sewer system plan they felt was flawed.
“We would have like to just work on the issues,” Newman said. “but disannexation was one of the other options available to us to get around getting in a ‘candidate’s race’.”
Newman told Channel 6 that the election result was brutal.
“That was a brutal, brutal beat-down,” he said.
When the polls closed and the final numbers were tallied, 700 people had voted against the petition while just a little more than 100 supported it with a vote.
After seeing just how board the margin was, Newman said it is time to focus on addressing the issues.
“It was just so soundly defeated, I don’t think it’s going to come back now. I really don’t,” he said.
Village of Salado Mayor Skip Blancett said it will end up costing the city between $12,000 and $15,000 in just legal fees.
After seeing vote totals, Blancett said there is a group who disagrees with the board and he asks everyone to keep their eyes on the end result to come.
Seven hundred people have shown they’re doing just that.
“This tells me that people are pretty much in agreement with what the board of aldermen is trying to do,” Blancett said.
However, Newman and Salado F.E.D. Up are not done asking questions.
“We need to point out the facts,” Newman said.
Mayor Blancett said when it comes to the issues of transparency, they have spent a lot of time recently in negotiations and discussing personnel issues. When that happen, they go into executive session. As for the sewer plans, they will not have details for it for a while. Blancett said they are hopeful to get working on it very soon.
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