08/02/05 — Princeton board votes 4-0 to annex six properties

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Princeton board votes 4-0 to annex six properties

By Jack Stephens
Published in News on August 2, 2005 1:48 PM

PRINCETON -- The town of Princeton may be getting a little bigger.

Two landowners asked to be annexed, and the town on Monday night started the process to annex involuntarily four other properties.

One of the four property owners, Jackie Jones, who lives at 601 W. First St., told the monthly town board meeting that she and her husband did not want to be annexed.

Mayor Don Rains explained that most of the six property owners were receiving town services and were using town streets. "They need to be part of the town," he said.

"Your chance to stay outside the city limits is nil," Commissioner Walter A. Martin Jr. told Mrs. Jones. "... I want to make myself clear. If we start the process, then we're going all the way."

Martin's motion to start voluntary and statutory annexation was passed unanimously.

After the 4-0 vote, Mrs. Jones asked the commissioners why should she attend the meeting if the board were not going to follow her wishes.

Rains responded that there would be two more public meetings for her to express herself. Martin added that all the board did was to authorize the town clerk to investigate if annexation were feasible.

The other three properties that were considered for involuntary annexation are owned by Princeton Chapel Church at 605 W. First St., Joyce Langston at 501 N. Pearl St. and Bob Shuman at 105 Azalea Drive.

Voluntary annexation requests were made by Myde Reid on Railroad Street and Daniel Davis on Smith Street.

Zoning ordinance

Town Clerk Marla Ashworth explained the proposed zoning ordinance with the differences in the five residential, three commercial and two industrial zones. The 11th zone is for parks.

She said modular homes now had to be allowed, by law, in any residential zone because they were constructed to the same standards as stick-built homes.