Annexation issue causes headache for city officials
by Rachel Davis
Aug 04, 2012 | 1941 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Annexing property was a major topic of discussion at the Carbon Hill Council Meeting Thursday night.

Joey Vick, whose property is outside the city limits, said he had been asking to be annexed into the city for the last four years to no avail.

“There is no benefit to me coming into the city,” Vick said. “I just want to help the city. I’ve done everything you’ve asked me to.”

Vick said the council was planning to vote on the annexation at the meeting, but Mayor Chris Hart said that during the process the city realized that the property in question does not adjoin the city limits. Municipalities must annex contiguous property.

Hart said that efforts were being made to contact the owner of the property between the city limits and Vick’s property.

The news of the most recent delay did not sit well with residents in the audience, with many voicing their displeasure and details of why they believe the city is stalling.

In closing remarks, council member Chris Pschirer also said he felt that the annexation was being unduly delayed.

“I am disappointed,” Pschirer said. “I do feel that we are being blocked as a council and as a city government.”

In other business:

•The council recognized Police Chief Heath Allred for being elected as the president of the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs.

•The council heard from the street department about its failing equipment, as well as the proposal that the city do away with the fuel surcharge and charge $12 a month for garbage pickup twice a week. The recommendation died without a motion.

•Letters are being prepared for owners of properties that have been deemed a “nuisance” by the city.

•The city will have a back to school block party on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. around the community center. A movie will be shown and refreshments will be available.

•The first I-22 Trade Days will be held today at the old junior high school starting at 7 a.m.

•The council approved the list of election officials for the Aug. 28 municipal election.

•The council also entered an executive session to discuss the good name and character of a city employee.