Cloverdale offficials seek larger town

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cloverdale is looking to grow in size following Tuesday evening's Town Council meeting.

The Council voted unanimously to take the first step in the annexation of the southern end of town. The affected region involves 30 -- 40 homes according to council member Dennis Padgett.

The annexation will be voluntary and as council member Terry Puffer put it, "square off the town."

As it stands now, there is at least one home within the city limits that is not able to vote on town matters due to the zoning. This proposition will help to alleviate that situation as well as squaring-off the southern end of town.

The council also named Cloverdale School Board member Jim Sharp to the redevelopment commission.

This comes on the heels of new legislation stating that a member from the school board should serve on the redevelopment commission.

No one from the school board initially volunteered which gave Council President Don Sublett the right to appoint someone.

In other news, the employee handbook was changed to make the probationary period 90 days rather than 180 as it currently stands.

The council believed that six months was too long for a probationary period but 60 days was not adequate.

A budget meeting was set to take place Sept. 23. In this session, the council will discuss the 2009 budget.

The Cloverdale Town Council meets regularly the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in Cloverdale Town Hall. Their next meeting is a special meeting set for Sept. 16.

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  • Cloverdale will now be square?

    -- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 7:55 AM
  • seems like all they do at Cloverdale in their

    council meetings is fight, why do they have so many difficulties, maybe they all want to be in control. I bet the citizens of Cloverdale sure get tired of hearing all this.

    -- Posted by whatno_guessing on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 10:14 AM
  • "seems like all they do at Cloverdale in their council meetings is fight"

    Where is this stated in the article? I wasn't able to make it to this meeting. Was there fighting with the audience or amongst the board members that the paper didn't report?

    -- Posted by CdaleResident on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 3:29 PM
  • In 1990 five properties along Burma Road were annexed, but it was not voluntary and the town did not notify the property owners as required by law. In 2000 the property owners realized that they were paying city taxes and approached the council. After seven years of promises of water and septic (capital improvements that should have been provided within 3 years of annexation, as well as any non-capital improvements) a law suit was filed against the town on behalf of 4 of the property owners to reimburse them for taxes the town collected and to disannex them. A vote was made and the town council agreed to the terms to avoid the law suit, only to change there minds after Judge Headly signed the agreement. The appeal then went to court, and the 4 property owners won. The town then appealed this judgment, and is still fighting to keep the 4 properties annexed. Regardless of whom eventually "wins" the only real winners will be the two lawyers. The town will have spent just as much fighting as they will have if they would have done the "right thing" and reimbursed the property owners as originally agreed.

    These property owners did eventually get water, due to private investors needing water at the intersection of I-70 and SR 243. Sewers have never been installed after thousands of tax dollars were blown on two different engineering studies (a decision that was never publicly voted on during a council meeting).

    Why would anyone want to voluntarily become part of Cloverdale and waste their tax dollars on law suits such as this one, or the frivolous law suits that Judy and John keep filing? If you are one of the 30-40 homes affected, I would look twice before you leap.

    -- Posted by coldmoosehead on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 12:33 PM
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