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West Jefferson Annexation Dilemma PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 06:21

West Jefferson’s Aldermen were presented with a couple issues during Monday evening’s meeting that have no immediate easy answers. The first was a request to approve an action that would make it possible for the town to provide road maintenance to Taylor Glen development, annexed in 2006. The town’s road maintenance division has not been providing services due to the assertion that they cannot get to the development without traveling illegally over roads not belonging to the town. After exhausting efforts to resolve the issue with the Town’s staff Ms. Jane Testerman, the developer, presented a request to the Aldermen to make West Evergreen Street a town street. This would provide the development its connection to the other town streets allowing the road maintenance crew legal access to them, pointing out that many of the board members serving then were on the board, asking why annexation came without services, “if not, why was annexation granted.” After discussion of the advisability of making West Evergreen Street a town street and the costs involved if they did so, the Aldermen postponed taking any action until they could study the matter further. They were presented another sticky issue during Ashe County Building Inspections representative, Jeff Cornett’s, discussion of fire districts. Mr. Cornett shared that in reviewing fire code regulations for his presentation he had learned that the Aldermen were supposed to approve any renovations done to buildings in the town. The Aldermen were unaware of this requirement and had not been requiring approval for renovations to come to them during their meetings. They were concerned this might cause hardships to businesses, who have completed, or are currently undergoing, renovations. They also tabled this matter and asked town attorney, David Paletta, to inquire into it and advise them at an upcoming meeting.

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