Editorial: Cities hemmed in – News & Record (In Response To NC General Assembly On Annexation)

State Senate leader Phil Berger reminded North Carolinians in a press release last week that the legislature has "constitutional authority to establish municipalities and set municipal boundaries."

Then the Senate voted to overturn legally conducted annexations in nine cities and towns. (More)

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N.C. House OKs Senate bill to halt Oak Level annexation – Rocky Mount Telegram

RALEIGH – Oak Level residents flashed a thumbs-up sign Thursday as they posed for a celebratory photo after the N.C. House voted in favor of a pair of involuntary annexation bills. (More)

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Annexation petition ruled unconstitutional, "Good Neighbors" to keep fighting – WITN

LENOIR COUNTY,N.C.(WNCT)- People who refuse to be annexed into neighboring cities are not giving up their fight.  On Monday a superior court judge ruled a recent state law allowing people to block annexation with a petition unconstitutional.

State representative Stephen LaRoque formed the group, The Good Neighbors of Kinston three years ago.  He supported county residents by getting a law passed last year.  It allowed them to block annexation by signing a petition.  Now it’s been ruled unconstitutional and it’s back to square one for people who don’t want to live in the city limits. (More)

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Judge strikes down new method limiting annexations – Kinston Free Press 

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Lawmakers, cities remain at odds over annexations – Rocky Mount Telegram

An impasse between legislators and several municipalities over new annexation laws shows no signs of resolution.

N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger this week reiterated statements he made last month calling lawsuits six cities have filed to challenge the new annexation laws “frivolous and abusive legal maneuvers.”

City officials who filed the lawsuits say it is their right to challenge the laws. (More)

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City defends its attempts to annex Oak Level – The Rocky Mount Telegram

Mayor David Combs said Rocky Mount’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new annexation laws is an attempt to protect a $1.5 million investment the city made to support an annexation that complied with state law and was upheld twice in court. (More)

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Rocky Mount NC – Video/Pictures Rocky Mount City Council Meeting November 14, 2011 7:00 PM, Hot Topics Annexation And Sheetz, Kind Of Sorta Heated

See who attended the meeting. Where were the black folks? Are they not interested in what goes on in Rocky Mount? Whites were well represented.

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Rocky Mount City Council Meeting Monday, November 14, 2011

Council to take input on annexation, rezonings

The public hearing on the annexation is one of four scheduled for the 7 p.m. meeting. The other hearings are about three rezoning requests and about proposed amendments to the land development code.

I can’t wait to see how many folks are going to show up and voice their opinions. Oh well they will not attend but have so much to say after it is all said and done.

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Council to take input on annexation, rezonings – Source: Rocky Mount Telgram

Rocky Mount City Council members will hear from the public Monday about the annexation of land at Westry Crossing where Sheetz has proposed building a new location. (Read more)

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Oak Level loses in court but has new state law on its side – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

The N.C. Court of Appeals upheld Tuesday an N.C. Superior Court judge’s decision in an annexation case involving residents of the Oak Level community and the city of Rocky Mount. (Paid Content)

Note: Now the people of Oak Level will be able to decide per the new state law so will those who protest be able to pull it off. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Annexation opponents applaud passage of reform bill – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Oak Level landowners said they are optimistic about a proposed bill to reform North Carolina’s decades-old annexation laws and place greater financial responsibility on municipalities to equip annexed communities with utility services. (Paid Content)

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