partlycloudy
Sunday May 24th, 2015 7:33PM

Habersham residents sound off on possible Cornelia annexation

By Rob Moore Reporter
Related Articles
CORNELIA - Nearly 100 people gathered Tuesday night to learn what to expect if their Habersham County properties are annexed into Cornelia.

While a number of county residents have expressed to city leaders an interest in being inside the city limits to receive services - especially fire protection - many others spoke Tuesday night in opposition or posed questions to city leaders.

A particular concern for several business owners and landlords present is that they don't get to vote in the Nov. 5 referendum on the proposed annexation.

Only those who reside within the proposed annexation area can vote on Nov. 5 or during the early voting period, City Attorney Steve Campbell explained.

Residents of the affected area who are not registered to vote may do so by Oct. 7.

According to figures provided by the city, the proposed annexation includes 464 residents, 283.4 acres, and 4.2 road miles.

Cornelia City Manager Donald Anderson said previously some 270 parcels of land are included in the proposed annexation.

"I'm here to tell you that nobody here really wants to inflict this on people who don't want it," Campbell told those gathered. "The law has created a scenario where the only way to give people who do want it and to even consider it was this method."

Campbell said the mass annexation, so that no islands are created, is the only way for property owners in Lakeview Heights, on Chase Road, or in the other affected areas to come into the city and receive fire protection that is recognized by ISO.

"It comes down to voting, and if you don't want it, don't vote for it," Campbell said. "A lot of people don't live in the city because they don't want to be in the city. I think everybody here understands that."

In order for the Nov. 5 referendum on annexation to pass, 60 percent of the registered voters from the affected area who cast ballots must vote in favor.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Author to sign new Cobb book at museum in Royston
Ty Cobb or the Georgia Peach has a posthumous legacy of having been a surly guy.
6:34PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Body found in Chattahoochee River identified
Forsyth County authorities identified the body pulled from the Chattahoochee River late Saturday afternoon.
By Staff
5:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
Boat Sinks near Van Pugh Park
A boat sank near Van Pugh Park Sunday. 7 persons were on board. There were no injuries.
2:14PM ( 5 hours ago )
Winder police bust marijuana grow operation
A illegal marijuana grow operation was uncovered in Winder last Wednesday, leading to the arrests of five people.
6:58AM ( 12 hours ago )
STATE CHAMPS: Buford sweeps Whitewater for AAAA title (VIDEO)
Buford won its first state baseball title since 2011 with a sweep of Whitewater Saturday in the Class AAAA championship series...
6:25AM ( 13 hours ago )