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September 17 - September 23, 2009 Vol. 7 • No. 38 Woodfin • Weaverville • Barnardsville Fifty Cents
Woodfin suspends Leicester annexation
Council cites fire department as reason
would lose the revenue to pay the
By Catherine Hunter
$1.5 million debt.
“Four years ago Woodfin filed to
“Outside of a money grab, annex your area,” Hallingse said.
what other reason is there for an- “We negotiated a deal for them not
nexation?” asked Woodland Hills to.” The two municipalities are cur-
resident Ben Baker in Thursday’s rently in the midst of that six-year
(Sept. 10) public information deal that is set to expire in 2012.
meeting by the Weaverville Town Approximately 45 individuals,
Council concerning the town’s many of whom live in the affected
proposed annexation of sections of neighborhoods of Aiken Road,
his neighborhood. Stoney Brook, Blueberry Hill and
Several council members said Highlander, gathered to ask ques-
part of the reason is to protect the tions of the town council.
town’s investment in its fire depart- The meeting began with Weaver-
ment. ville Town Manager Mike Morgan
Those in attendance silently watch as the Woodfin Board of Aldermen unanimously vote to
Weaverville Town Council describing the services the town
suspend the town’s annexation proposal of Leicester and Erwin Hills.
members Don Hallingse and Gene would provide the area, including
Knoefel both said the proposed fire and police service.
By Matt Tate
In the end, talks with Asheville board made its vote without dis-
annexation was about the fire de- Morgan said the total projected
led the town to suspend its actions cussion. Woodfin Mayor Jerry
partment. Hallingse said that the revenue from the annexed area was
Woodfin’s proposed annexation in the Leicester community. VeHaun later offered a brief com-
town had gone into debt to pay for approximately $337,000, and the
of the Leicester and Erwin Hills The Woodfin Board of Alder- ment.
new fire fighting equipment and total projected expenses would be
area has drawn the interest, and men unanimously voted to sus- Woodfin Town Administra-
personnel to service the affected approximately $276,568 plus costs
often ire, of the affected citizens pend its involuntary annexation tor Jason Young said the town is
areas. He explained that if the area for additional vehicles of $117,000.
and anti-annexation opponents, of roughly 3.5 miles of the area having “fruitful” discussions with
is annexed by Woodfin, the town
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