Ashford Residents Pack Meeting In Opposition Of AnnexationRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 11 2014 12:00 PM
ASHFORD: Talking about being in the lion's den. That was where Ashford Mayor Jonathon Grecu found himself last evening.
In what the public thought would be a public forum for questions to be answered, they quickly found out they were wrong.
The City of Ashford wants to annex property into the city limits. That brings Ashford services, but with a price increase. Many who live outside the city limits do not want to be annexed. Those residents attended the jam packed room to hear answers. What they heard was more of "we do not know".
The Mayor was there alone. No other council members or citizens advisory boards were on hand to help the Mayor. Some described the Mayor as sweating and red faced because he did not have all of the answers.
The people who do not reside in the city limits do not want the city regulations. Such is the example, you currently have a well. That well goes out and you are then required to connect to the city water system. Forced to pay their price, which is usually high.
When you are ready to construct things on your property. You are required to submit plans, drawings, wait for a board to approve and get building permits. Have you ever attempted to get approval in the City of Dothan to build things? A nightmare.
And municipalities are normally not customer friendly to businesses. They are friendly to out of town businesses but not to those people who live in the community and want to start a business.
Take Dothan for instance. Dothan Commissioner District 3 Albert Kirkland thumbed his nose at a Dothan BBQ restaurant that the City of Dothan forced to close. The business lost 5 jobs. Not a lot of jobs, that is unless you were one of the 5 people forced out. Dothan Commissioner Albert Kirkland was above going in and attempting to keep the business open and keep 5 people employed. As long as Kirkland kept his $ 21,000.00 from Dothan and health insurance, he could have care less about the loss of the business and jobs.
That is often times what happens when you annex into the city limits. The people who live in the county, we fend for ourselves. We do not want government regulations. We want less government and freedom to enjoy life.
The City of Ashford will attempt to get more answers.