published Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Fort Oglethorpe: Council moves on annexation

by Beverly Carroll

Fort Oglethorpe City Council members on Monday changed the start time of regular meetings and agreed to ask the General Assembly for permission to annex Mack Smith and Cloud Spring roads all the way to the Tennessee line.

The annexation is part of a pact with Ringgold to support each other’s annexation efforts.

“I appreciate (Ringgold Mayor) Joe Barger and City Manager Dan Wright and our city manager (Ron Goulart) for this,” Fort Oglethorpe Mayor Ronnie Cobb said. “This got rid of a lot of lawsuits and a lot of hard feelings over the years.”

Ringgold officials approved a similar resolution last week, laying out annexation plans of both cities and agreeing not to contest the actions.

“We need to annex Mack Smith because it’s difficult for law enforcement to know whether they are in the city or the county,” Mr. Goulart said. “And we are spending a lot of money putting sewers in Cloud Springs Road, and we need to own that road.”

Before the meeting, council members discussed a lawsuit involving a concrete strip on the grounds at Barnhardt Circle. The suit alleges that the strip violates the property deed forbidding construction or obstructions. The city plans to replace sidewalks on the circle, but Mr. Goulart recommended delaying that in light of another possible lawsuit.

Several residents asked that the council not use the sidewalks as bargaining chips. The council instructed Mr. Goulart and the city attorney to review whether the lawsuit would affect the sidewalk work.

The meeting time has been changed from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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