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Annexation comes before board

Susan Cunningham

Twenty years after a few residents living off South Arthur Street in Oak Creek first talked about getting their homes annexed to the town, they are presenting a petition for annexation to the Oak Creek Town Board.

“This is the furthest we’ve ever gotten with the annexation,” Oak Creek Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said.

Annexing the property just south of town means the four homes officially will be part of the town. Although the homeowners already receive water, sewer and other services from the town, annexation will cut their utility bills in half, Crawford said.

The area is “just across the street from town limits,” Crawford said, and has four homes, one of which was built several years ago.

“It’s just one of those things. I can’t tell you why it hasn’t been annexed before,” she said.

The annexation process has been going on for several years but has been slowed at various points.

There is a chance that the petition will not come before the Town Board tonight and will get delayed again if last-minute changes to the property maps are necessary, Crawford said.

If no changes are made to the petition and property descriptions before tonight’s Town Board meeting, trustees will have the chance to approve the petition, Crawford said.

An approval on the petition does not mean the land is annexed automatically, however. It starts a minimum 30-day notice period, in which residents are notified that the Town Board will consider annexing the area.

“Even if everything is just fine (tonight) with the petition, it’s not a final action,” Crawford said. “All it is, is to get the clock ticking.”

Annexing the area is in line with the town’s comprehensive plan, she said, because the homes are serviced by town water and sewer.

Also at tonight’s Town Board meeting, the 2003 audit report will be presented, an affordable housing proposal will be heard, and the board will be updated on the search for a police chief and town treasurer. Plus, the Town Board will discuss drafting policy concerning employee travel time, time sheets and work schedules.

The Oak Creek Town Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in downtown Oak Creek.

— To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com


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