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Landowners outraged over council meeting

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Many residents at the June 24 Cherokee Village City Council meeting were upset because a topic was skipped on the agenda. The group wanted to discuss the proposed annexation of white areas in Cherokee Village. Photo/Tammy Curtis
An angry crowd of landowners were present to have their voices heard regarding the proposed annexation of white areas in Cherokee Village at the June 25 Cherokee Village City Council meeting.

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.

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Hey mayor, Cherokee Village is in Fulton county and Sharp county also, so what are you talking about. The Fulton county villagers pay their taxes to Fulton county. What CV services do those "white area" people receive? You never can answer a question can you? You alwasy RUN AWAY from them. Also seems Mr. Adams did a lot of work and you never let him finish speaking about the item. Mayor do us all a favor and just resign.

-- Posted by troutman on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 10:13 AM

Tammy, you need to define what "white areas" are earlier in the article. To an out of towner, i thought it was a racist issue

-- Posted by conventional1 on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 9:27 PM

Those people who are "outraged" should go to a big city like Memphiswhere there's something really to worry about---when annexation here means having to send your kid to a zoned gang-infested school, paying $2000 per year in extra taxes, etc. You have none of those problems--just the benefit of services. Pay the piss-ant SID fees, count your blessing and shut-up.

-- Posted by conventional1 on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 9:31 PM

Maybe the mayor and the city council should spend more time on looking at code violations in the existing parts of Cherokee Village (metal carports, metal buildings, trash and litter, unkempt yards, junker cars,illegal dumpsites and on and on) before looking to annex additional areas to the village.

Also, if the main objective is to gain tax money from the annexees, why not first go after those deadbeets in Cherokee Village whose names appear on the delinquent tax rosters?

-- Posted by cny28456 on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 10:43 PM

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