Harg residents to submit petition

Friday, January 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:24 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Members of the Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth will present a petition to the city clerk at 3:30 p.m. today to stop Billy Sapp’s voluntary annexation proposal.

The group has actively opposed Sapp’s plan to have Columbia annex the 965 acres he owns east of Columbia.

Renee Richmond, a spokeswoman for the group, started collecting signatures for the petition in early November.

“I know we have at least 2,400 signatures,” she said.

The group needs to collect signatures from 2 percent of registered Columbia voters to block the voluntary annexation. If the city and Sapp decide to pursue involuntary annexation, they would require approval by voters in the city and in the area to be annexed.

City officials have said the Sapp property is ineligible for involuntary annexation because less than 15 percent of the land borders the city.

— Katie Fretland

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