Fret­ties­burg Drive will have to wait for full coun­cil vote


The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - KEVIN MYRICK Editor

The res­i­dents of Fret­ties­burg Drive will have to wait an­other month to find out whether the city will let them de­part with­out is­sue, or if they'll be head­ing to the state leg­is­la­ture to see if they can leave.

Aragon City Coun­cil mem­bers voted to post­pone and place the dean­nex­a­tion re­quest back on the ta­ble un­til "proper doc­u­men­ta­tion can be pro­vided by the res­i­dents" said coun­cil mem­ber Tammy Mulkey in her mo­tion dur­ing the Oct. 20 meet­ing.

Both Mulkey and Coun­cil pro tem Duel Mitchell voted yes to keep the is­sue on the ta­ble un­til at least the Novem­ber meet­ing.

The coun­cil sought copies of the le­gal de­scrip­tion of their prop­er­ties found on their deeds in or­der to move for­ward, ac­cord­ing to city clerk Sandy Nor­man.

Fret­ties­burg Drive res­i­dents went be­fore the Polk County Com­mis­sion back in Au­gust seek­ing to leave the City of Aragon due to lack of ser­vices and high taxes, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous Stan­dard Jour­nal re­port­ing.

Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved their dean­nex­a­tion re­quest with­out is­sue.

The dean­nex­a­tion has re­mained one of the top is­sues of the Aragon City Coun­cil and Mayor's races com­ing to an end with the Nov. 8 elec­tion, with can­di­dates split on how they are ap­proach­ing the prob­lem. Some say let them leave, oth­ers want more time to study the prob­lems and work with the neigh­bor­hood, while oth­ers say let them leave.

It will likely be at least the Nov. 17 meet­ing be­fore the is­sue could come back be­fore the coun­cil.

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