City approves moratorium on annexations
by David Lazenby
Jan 07, 2012 | 1107 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Council on Tuesday annexed into the city limits the last property that will be added to Jasper until Aug. 28.

After annexing a parcel at 137 Gilmore Road, the Council approve a moratorium on annexations until after the 2012 municipal election.

City Planner Keith Pike said no annexation requests are currently pending. He also said the moratorium is standard procedure prior to a municipal election, especially one that follows a redrawing of the city’s district maps.

The Council on Tuesday approved a new district map Tuesday that was prompted by changes to the districts’ populations over the last 10 years. By law, voting district populations can not deviate from the average district population by more than 2 percent.

“There’s a constitutional requirement that the districts be substantially balanced,” said Jasper city attorney Russ Robertson during a phone interview following Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Jasper City Council.

The city got help from Alabama State University’s Center for Leadership and Public Policy in drawing up the map, which shifted portions of the most inhabited districts, 2 and 3 into the least populated regions, District 5.

The moratorium took effect immediately after it was approved Tuesday.