After being threatened with a lawsuit, the Collegedale City Commission annexed two more properties into the city limits Monday evening.
The commission voted 4-0 to pass on second reading ordinances annexing the Ooltewah Church of God and a strip of commercial property along Lee Highway owned by the Moon family. Vice Mayor Tim Johnson was absent from the meeting.
Margie Moon said she had been in contact with legal counsel and planned to file a lawsuit against the city.
“I’ve tried my best to prevent this from happening,” she said during a public hearing on the matter. “I hate that it’s come to this.”
She accused city leaders of ignoring her requests for appointments and not returning calls.
“If you had shown interest in us as property owners and given us respect, we wouldn’t be having to do what we’re having to do,” she said.
City Manager Ted Rogers said he had not received any communication from Mrs. Moon.
“So I don’t know how to respond to that,” he said.
Commissioner Debbie Baker expressed sympathy with Mrs. Moon, but she said the best interests of all city residents have to be considered in annexation decisions.
“It’s not our intention to overlook anyone,” she said. “Being a part of Collegedale and being annexed gives you a little more leverage” in the future.
Commissioner Larry Hanson asked Mrs. Moon to put in writing any discrepancies she had with the city so officials could work with her.
“I’m not really sure what the city can do at this point,” he said.
The commission earlier annexed an irrigation pond owned by the Honors Golf Course and a piece of undeveloped land owned by A.K. Poe at its Nov. 17 meeting. Attorney Mike Richardson, who represents Mr. Poe, threatened litigation at the November meeting.
Annexed property owners have 30 days to file lawsuits after annexation.
City attorney Sam Elliott said he couldn’t comment on any possible lawsuits relating to annexation.
“Now that litigation has been threatened,” he said, “it’s not appropriate to comment.”
Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...