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Annexation of Riverbend hot topic at Hardy City Council meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hardy City Council met in their regular bi-monthly meeting Dec. 1.

Following the approval of the previous minutes, new business was discussed.

First on the agenda was Burton Cook, a resident of the Riverbend area near Hardy.

Cook presented to council a petition signed by numerous property owners on Bluff Road regarding the possible annexation of the area into Hardy in the event the city qualifies for a grant to put a water system in the area and Riverbend Park.

The petition was presented to council as a way of showing members and Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton that the property owners did not wish to be annexed into the city.

Burton said he was strongly opposed to being a part of the city. Thornton assured Burton that the annexation was simply in the planning stages and the city would not move forward with it unless the grant money is available.

Thornton also told Burton that in the event the annexation did become a reality, the signatures on the petition opposing the issue would have to be legally notarized. Burton told the council that Virgil Griffin claimed to have a deed to the water lines in the system and would be going to court in January to find out who has jurisdiction over the lines.

Thornton said, "If these people (residents of the Riverbend community) don't want water, we want to know that."

Following Burton's presentation, the council agreed to forego the second December council meeting and resume the bi-monthly meetings in January.

In announcements, Thornton said Dec. 7, there would be a Pearl Harbor Day service at the Wilburn Brothers Memorial Bridge. The ceremony began at 11 a.m. Denise Gibbons was the singer for the event and a local Pearl Harbor survivor was also present.

In addition, Thornton invited everyone to attend the Hardy Silver Anniversary Parade to be held in downtown Hardy Dec. 12 at 11 a.m.

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Mr.Burton Cook does not represent the majorty inside the River Bend park on the annexation issue. And I dought that he represents the business owners of Hardy. That area has the chance of growth and bringing a lot of business back into Hardy as it was a few years ago. As for Virgil Griffin, he could also claim to have the deed to lines under Hardy but that doesn't mean he does.

River Bend Park property owner, Lavern Rogers

-- Posted by lavern.rogers on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 10:03 PM

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