Petitioners halt voluntary annexation proposal

Friday, February 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:54 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Petitioners acquired more than the required number of signatures to halt Billy Sapp's 1,000 acre voluntary annexation proposal.

The Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth, or HARG, needed signatures from at least 2 percent of qualified Columbia voters and acquired 2.9 percent.

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren confirmed this morning that 2,155 signatures on the 260-page petition were from "registered, qualified" voters of Columbia. That is approximately 2.9 percent of the more than 70,000 voters registered in the city.

"The council and the applicant now have to make a decision as how to proceed," City Clerk Sheela Amin said.

It is uncertain whether the City Council will vote on the annexation and hold a public hearing on rezoning at Monday night's council meeting, City Manager Ray Beck said this morning.

Mayor Darwin Hindman told the Missourian on Thursday that a decision to vote on the annexation will depend greatly on the legal advice of City Attorney Fred Boeckmann.

"I'm guessing we won't be voting on it, and his advice will be the petition is valid," Mayor Hindman said.

A report from Noren confirmed that the petition also contained 194 signatures of voters registered at an address outside the city, 43 duplicate signatures, 129 signatures of people not registered to vote and other invalid signatures.

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