By Ton Woerner
Dunn Daily Record
ANGIER – The Angier Board of Commissioners stepped away from a pattern of the last decade and voted against a spot annexation on its northwest side Tuesday night.
The split board voted 3-1 to reject a petition for annexation of a 68-acre piece of land on Purfoy Road, near Atkins Road.
Board members did not give reasons for their rejection but voted after a long presentation from Kent Jeffries whose family has lived in the area for decades. Jeffries pleaded with the board to reject the proposal saying it did not fit with other property zonings in the area and would negatively affect the quality of life in the area.
For more than a decade Angier has approved similar annexations, with large satellite annexed areas on nearby Rawls Church Road. Other large annexations have taken place on Atkins Road and N.C. Highway 55 in Wake County.
Developers typically ask to be annexed to take advantage of town provided infrastructure such as water and sewer. The town also has to provide police and public works services when properties are annexed.
Jefferies said any infrastructure needs for the property in question can be met by the county system already in place nearby.
“This is is going to be a strain on an already strained system,” he said. “The needs of the citizens there can be met by the county system.”
Jeffries also cited increased tax bills from residents of the new development. If it was annexed, residents would pay both town and county taxes.
“This is not good for the perspective property owners who will move into those houses,” he said.
The one vote for the annexation came from Commissioner Mike Hill, casting his last vote before leaving the board. Hill, who lost a bid for reelection in November, made the motion to approve the annexation.
He was voting on the measure because it was on the old business section of the agenda.
The first agenda item under the new business section of the agenda was the swearing in of new Commissioner Jim Kasakavage who defeated Hill in the November election.
Also taking their oaths were incumbents Junior Price and Loru Hawley. Price will now complete the term of former Commissioner Craig Honeycutt who resigned for personal reasons shortly after his 2019 election win.
Hawley, reelected as mayor pro tempore, begins her second full term of service after defeating Jerry Hockaday four years ago.
The board also officially welcomed new Police Chief Lee Thompson. He was named as the interim chief earlier this year following the dismissal of former Chief Arthur Yarborough.
“I have lived in Angier all my life and it is my privilege to serve in this position,” Thompson said.
In other action, the board approved the purchase of a new leaf truck. The town secured a loan from First Bank to purchase the $167,000 vehicle. Town Public Works Director Jimmy Cook said the vehicle will replace an aging larger truck. It will also allow easier access to smaller neighborhoods.