Last night the Decatur City Commission voted in favor of annexing the two commercial heavy parcels at the northern edge of the city limits. However, it’s clear that City Commissioners have their doubts the annexation will ever make it through the assembly. Commissioner Jim Baskett went as far as to call the move “an exercise in futility” at one point. Well known business owners in the annexation areas from Eagle Eye Books and Decatur Package Store spoke out against the attempt.
Next up, the city will ask the DeKalb delegation to pass a bill in the upcoming January General Assembly to authorizing the move. As reported earlier, the city attorney does not believe that a referendum of property owners in that area would be necessary, since both parcels are +50% commercial.
The final vote was 4-1 on the Suburban Plaza annexation, with Commissioner Boykin voted “no”, and 4-0 on the Emory Commons vote with Boykin recusing himself since he owns a business in that zone.
Check out Patch for a solid, detailed report from last night.