Barnes said the city has been working toward the annexation for more than a year, describing it as a lengthy process. After the first reading of an announcement of intent to annex, the city has 14 days to send a letter to the property owner. The owner then has until the second reading to send a reply contesting annexation. If a property owner contests, the issue goes on the ballot in an upcoming city election.
In the recent past, the city commission has moved to involuntarily annex three properties, including the Ford dealership at Boggs Lane and the Eastern Bypass. The dealership’s property owner contested annexation, and the issue will be voted on later this year.
The final decision for the annexation will not be made until a second reading and vote on the ordinance is complete at a future commission meeting.
In other business, the commission:
• Amended the city’s alcohol sales and licenses ordinance to conform to new state requirements. According to City Attorney Garrett Fowles, the changes combine some licenses for categories of alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and liquor, into one. Businesses wanting to sell alcohol previously were required to get a separate license for each.
• Amended the city budget to include a $250,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Local Government for the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women
• Accepted retirement of Harmon Gene Witt from the Richmond Parks Department
• Accepted the resignation of Samantha Lee from the Section 8 Department
• Hired Heather Paige Rhodus as a seasonal employee in the Planning and Zoning Department
• Declared three items of city property as surplus: A Chickering Grand Piano, which will be donated to the Mount Pleasant property as a display item for a house, a 1996 Galbrath Horizontal Baler to be sold in an online auction and a nonfunctioning 1992 Piqua Vertical Baler, which will be sold for metal scrap.
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