Article by Madeline Pyle
Concerned citizens attended Cushman’s city council meeting last night to protest a Dollar General being built in the area.
Cushman Mayor Joey Parks told the citizens that since the store is outside Cushman city limits, the city has no say on the store coming in.
“The land is gone and sold. It’s not our call,” he said. The septic system for the store was recently approved, and the city will move a water line running through the store’s property.
Cushman citizen Robert Hamilton expressed concerns that Dollar General stores could hurt local businesses and could be “crime magnets.” He asked Mayor Parks if Cushman would furnish extra police.
“We already have police protection for this area,” responded Parks. “I can’t tell you whether it’s going to increase our crime rate.”
Mayor Parks advised citizens to go the county if they want to continue fighting the store opening.
“I’d start at quorum court and see where that takes you.”
Mayor Parks added that the Dollar General could benefit Cushman.
“If Dollar General comes in, we’ll try to annex it in…because we want the tax dollars. We get it annexed in and we get a sales tax passed, but that all will [need to be] voted on.”
According to Cushman’s part-time marshal, Deputy Gary Franks, the store is expected to open approximately in March.