Town accepts annexation petitions; sends one to planners

Published 3:20 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mocksville Town Board members sent two annexation requests to the clerk to review for sufficiency earlier this month. One was also sent to the planning board to get members’ opinions.

Lewis Koontz requested that 10 acres on Koontz Road, off Yadkinville Road, be annexed into the town.

Town Manager Marcus Abernethy said the process during an annexation request is for the board to send it to the clerk to check for sufficiency, in other words, make sure the signatures and boundaries are accurate. Then it will come back to the board for a public hearing and decision.

Board member Amy Vaughan-Jones suggested the issue go to the planning board to get their thoughts.

Board member Brian Williams said that would be OK, but why not at the same time have the clerk check for sufficiency.

Vaughan-Jones made a motion to send it to the planning board, and it passed 4-1 with Williams voting against it.

Williams then made a motion to have the clerk check for sufficiency. It also passed 4-1, with Vaughan-Jones voting against it.

The other annexation request wasn’t on the agenda, and it was not sent to the planning board.

It came up when the board agreed to join with the county in applying for a $1 million loan (at no cost to the town or county) to prepare a site off Gildan Drive for a large industrial complex. Board members said it would be best if the property were in the town limits, which it isn’t.

Lynn Trivette, town clerk, said the property owner, Bill Junker, had signed the annexation request earlier that same day. It was unanimously approved to be checked for sufficiency.