After adjournment of the meeting, numerous citizen's who reside in the white areas were outraged because they did not get to discuss the annexation plan that was on the agenda.
Among the complaints were residents who did not want their property surveyed or want to give permission for the survey to be done. Many of the residents said they had called city hall to confirm the annexation was on the agenda for the city council meeting.
When asked why the item was skipped over on the agenda, Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley said, "It really wasn't skipped over." He said that Jerry Adams gave his report to the council and the only reason it was on the agenda was to inform the public of when the date for the public hearing was set, although this date was not announced during the meeting.
During the council meeting, when Adams was reading his report, he asked the council whether or not they wanted to go on with the discussion or do it later (meaning later in the meeting). Adams remained at the meeting until adjournment and wasn't aware of why it wasn't discussed other than he thought the annexation issue was up to the city council at this point.
The intention of the annexation is to annex areas in Cherokee Village that are surrounded by Cherokee Village on all sides, similar to an island. Adams said, "If the areas were annexed, the residents would have a voice in city government."
Adams said Planning and Zoning is currently writing ordinances with the cooperation of the Municipal League. He said that the ordinances will be reviewed at the working meeting July 6 and then be presented to city council for approval during their July council meeting.
Hefley said, "When the time comes for the city meeting, all landowners, not only in the white areas, but all six areas, will be sent certified letters informing them of the time and date of the meeting. At this time, their voices can be heard."
Hefley explained that just because something appears on the agenda does not mean the council has to open it up to citizens who are not residents of the city and allow them to disrupt the meeting. He also said, "When someone is angry, it is not the time to try to discuss things."
He explained that these people live in Fulton County, pay their taxes to Fulton County, yet receive services from Cherokee Village.
Hefley said the public meeting is perspectively set for Sept. 17 or before. Residents who live in these white areas should expect their certified letters around Aug. 25.