Board passes property annexation ordinances

By | September 12, 2002 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed two annexation ordinances, after some discussion from members of the public concerning one of the properties.
The board heard from Bob Breeding and Jeff Young in a public hearing for the annexation of 17 acres of property owned by Young in Gillen subdivision.
Breeding explained his late father and former mayor
Bailey Bockman had reached an agreement over 50 years ago concerning the annexation of the family property. He said both parties had made the agreement in good faith, and it has been beneficial to the city and the Breeding family.
“The city has over three and one-half miles of streets and water lines they didn’t have to pay for and 116 houses on the tax rolls,” Breeding stated.
He also explained the family had benefited from the increased marketability of the lots in the subdivision.
However, Breeding said as times and circumstances change, so-called “doughnuts” are formed, which are properties surrounded by the city zones, yet not included. Breeding said he realizes that creates problems for the city, and his family had met earlier with the planning commission, and worked out an agreement for the annexation of the family property.
Young stated to the board his concern was his property, consisting of 17 acres, would be annexed and others in the same area would not, making an unfair tax burden in his situation. He asked the board to table the annexation of his property until the other property was annexed as well.
The board assured Young the remaining property would be annexed as soon as the process of three readings and a public hearing could be completed.
Mayor Pedigo said the Riverbend Farms property, could not be annexed until the property is fully described and the proper process observed, including readings of the ordinance at the board meetings, and a public hearing. He also stated he believed the board was committed to annexing any properties in the same situation.
“Tonight we are finalizing the annexation of your property, and beginning the annexation of Riverbend Farms,”
Pedigo explained. He went on to tell Young the motion had been made to annex the 170 acres of Riverbend Farms, located in the same area, and assured him it is the board’s intent to follow through with the annexation process.
It was also discussed as a result of this situation, to notify property owners in the future if their property was being considered for annexation, as a common courtesy, although the law does not require it.
In the annexation of the Maughon property, involving 12 acres, there was no discussion.
In other business, the board:
-heard a recommendation from Mayor Pedigo naming David Vidrine to the position of alderman, to fill Pedigo’s vacancy after his election as mayor. The measure passed unanimously.
-adopted the operating budget for the city of the fiscal year July 1, 2002 until June 30, 2003.
-passed a resolution setting the tax rate for the city for the year beginning July 1, 2002 at $1.26 per
$100 of assessed property value, no increase over last year.
-approved an ordinance to approve amendments for the budget.
– agreed to purchase a computer for the utility department for $1,637. Utility Superintendent Wayne Rogers reported the current computer is outdated, and the new one can be purchased through the state at a substantial savings.
-approved rebuilding and repainting two garbage trucks at a cost of $15,000 and $8,700.
-continued a discussion on transient vendors from the last meeting. City attorney, Lynn Sparkman, had researched the codes and would come back with a recommendation at the next meeting. The board discussed more restrictions on the permits, and stringent enforcement.
-approved an extended warranty contract for water pump station telemetry. Rogers explained the warranty would save the city $1,300 on repairs already performed.
-heard a report from Margaret Pearson announcing Nathan Johnson is working for the tree board.
-discussed a request from vice-mayor Hoyt Jones to look into painting center lines on city streets for safety purposes.

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