Anderson's future wealth and well-being is directly tied to Interstate 69 and its attractiveness for new businesses and industry, and the city must figure out a way to expand in that direction. There's not much unincorporated acreage left along I-69 in Madison County, meaning the city's window of opportunity is rapidly closing.
Highly effective mayors and council presidents, even when (particularly when!) they have political ambitions and even when they represent different political parties, figure out a way to work together to assure a prosperous future for the community.
Smith can point a finger at Eicks as often as he wants, and Eicks can do likewise. But the fingers of voters should be pointed directly at the two of them when it comes reckoning time for an annexation opportunity missed.
The message should be loud and clear: Don't play bad politics with the future of Anderson.
In summary Anderson's mayor and city council president have failed to work together to make important Interstate 69 annexation happen.