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Cottageville to hold annexation hearing

The Town of Cottageville will be holding a public hearing in early January about plans for annexation.

Residents who wish to annex into the town can attend the public conversation, which will be held on Jan. 8th at Cottageville Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The town’s regularly-scheduled meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on that same night.

To date, several residents who live on Burr Hill Road are officially requesting the annexation.

During the public hearing, town officials will be on hand to answer any questions about annexation.

“The hearing will be more like a conversation, and will give residents an open dialogue with town leaders about what annexation means,” said Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley.

The entire conversation began several years ago; however, some residents on Burr Hill Road began asking for the annexation about three months ago, according to town officials.

“We have been talking about annexation for years, and the people who have requested this and have kick-started it,” said Grimsley.

As part of the annexation process, town leaders will be sending postcards to town residents to notify them of the public hearing. “We have some residents on McDanieltown Road also requesting annexation,” said Grimsley. “That area could be next,” he added.

The annexation process, however, is a long one. According to Grimsley, the town is in the beginning stages of bringing some residents into the town’s limits. This is also being done at the request of those residents, he said. “It will certainly benefit the town,” he said.

The town’s leaders need a minimal of 75 percent of those property owners who live along the desired annex area to support the cause before the formal annexation can occur.

No referendum (or public vote) is required, said Grimsley.

Responding to some questions about the town’s reasoning for the annexation, Grimsley says that If the annexation goes forward, Cottageville will receive more funds from a percentage of taxes given to the town by the county. Cottageville as a town does not have property taxes. “We have no intention of ever having property taxes here,” he said, in a previous interview.

According to Cottageville Police Chief Jeffrey Cook, the top reason given for the annexation by those on Burr Hill Road who are asking for the annexation is safety. If the annexation occurs, Cook says the local police department will likely need to hire more police officers to manage the area. In the interim, he says that the local department is capable of covering the new areas until more officers can be hired.

According to Cook, there are other pockets of residents who currently live on the outskirts of Cottageville but who are informally asking to be annexed into the town.

These areas include some residents who live on Rhode Drive, Gaines Circle, Bama Road, Winter Drive and Rehobeth Road, said Cook.

Cottageville is currently one compass mile long, located along U.S. Highway 17A.

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