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"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

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Annexation proposal draws flak in Providence

By Taylor Scott

March 10, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- Fifty Providence residents showed up to the City Council meeting Feb. 27 to voice their opinion about the annexation of 42 acres of property northeast of 775 Canyon Road, said Skarlet Bankhead, city administrator and recorder.

"The people that live in the area came and expressed they wanted to keep Providence a small town," said Stacie Gomm, city councilwoman.  The town seems to be in disagreement; with 50 people crowded into the meeting hall most spoke out against the petition to annex the two properties.

The first piece of property in contemplation is a large square shaped piece of land and the second is a smaller triangle or diamond shaped property, said Bankhead, these two properties are adjacent. Redstone Development set in motion on behalf of Checketts Farm the annexation petition, which was then taken to the city council and reviewed, said Bankhead.  Once the council reviews the petition the council must then decide to deny or accept the petition, she said. If the council decides to deny the petition the annexation process ends. 

On Feb. 27 the annexation process ended for Redstone Development.  The council voted 3-1. Gomm's was the dissenting vote in favor of the annexation.  Gomm said she was for the annexation because Redstone Development could annex into another city and back up right against Providence, and Providence would have no control over the property. However, Gomm said the other council members voted against the annexation because they along with the residents did not want the change or growth to Providence.

Yet, the decision for the annexation process to be stopped comes on several reasons.  When the petition was reviewed it was to make sure it passes codes, Bankhead said.

One snag in the process was that "property owners annexing into Providence City are required to provide water as development occurs," Bankhead said. "They can either purchase water shares in one of the irrigation companies that services the Providence area and dedicate the shares to the city or they can purchase water rights, go through a process with the state water engineer to have the diversion point for the right changed to a well site within Providence City and dedicate the right to the city."

However the Providence City Council did not seem satisfied with the proposed plans made by Redstone Development and therefore denied the petition for annexation.

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