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September 11, 2013

Stanfield considers annexation requests

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — Two inquiries into voluntary annexation were discussed at the Stanfield board of commissioners meeting last Thursday.

Property owners Reese Gibson and Wayne Sasser had asked if the board would consider incorporating their 24- and 199-acre properties  respectively into the township.

The benefits of annexation would include such services as Stanfield police protection, trash services and in-town water rates.

However, since neither property is contiguous to the town, Town Administrator Bob Harvey said these properties could only be considered for satellite annexation.

“The major drawback (of satellite annexation) is that it can only be 10 percent of the town proper,” Harvey said.

Since the town is approximately 2,835 acres, the town can only have 283 acres in satellite annexations.

Twenty-four acres of that quota were used for the annexation of Pless Mill subdivision, Harvey said.

A little less than 260  acres remain for satellite annexation.

“We’d only have about 35 acres left after those (two proposed annexations),” Harvey said.

He is concerned that if Stanfield had any potential industrial satellite annexations to consider in the future, there would not be enough acreage left to incorporate them.

“I think we could make a lot more revenue off of other things,” Commissioner Jason Smith said.

The board said the Sasser property, which is largely farmland located south of Stanfeild along N.C. 200, would generate about $1,600 in additional taxes for Stanfield; this would not cover the costs of servicing the property.

The Gibson property, located near Renee Ford, would generate $25,000, but only after a proposed subdivision for the property is fully developed. It would cost about $20,000 to service, bringing in a moderate surplus.

As the smaller of the two properties, the Gibson property would use up less of the satellite annexation acreage. However, the board took no decisive action on either property.

After the meeting, Harvey stressed the fact that this was just a discussion.

“We’ll consider anything that’s put before us,” said Mayor Kevin Barbee, but they’re not making any decisions at this time.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at shannon@stanlynews press.com or (704) 982-2121 ext. 24.

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