Two public meetings set on Belforest annexation

By Jenni Vincent
Staff Writer
Posted 4/23/07

DAPHNE — Two more public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the city’s proposal to annex the Belforest community east of Daphne.

The first meeting will be held tonight at the African Universal Church Resource Center, located at 8355 …

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Two public meetings set on Belforest annexation

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DAPHNE — Two more public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the city’s proposal to annex the Belforest community east of Daphne.

The first meeting will be held tonight at the African Universal Church Resource Center, located at 8355 Jonesboro Road (off Friendship Road).

Another public mee-ting will be held Friday, April 27, at the Pine Grove Church sanctuary, 26154 County Road 13.

Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Public sentiment didn’t quite go the way Mayor Fred Small was expecting when he and other city officials hosted a meeting to discuss their annexation plans.

Instead of a positive response, nearly every speaker at the April 9 meeting held at Daphne High School had a negative remark or question.

But at the end of the session, Small said he remained confident that getting public input — whether positive or negative — is an important part of the process.

“This ultimately is about the people and I do want to hear what’s on their mind — good or bad,” Small said at that time.

Meanwhile, City Council members have begun to move ahead with plans to annex land east of town.

At an April 16 meeting, city leaders approved an annexation resolution by a 5-0 vote.

Councilwomen Cathy Barnette and Regina Landry were absent.

That action allowed the proposal to be advertised as required by state law, city attorney Jay Ross said in an interview following last week’s meeting.

Timing is important since this proposed action must be approved by the state legislature, a part-time body that adjourns in June, he said.

The next step will be for legislators to pass a bill and have the governor sign it, Ross said.

After that happens, an election would be held in which citizens could either support or defeat the proposed annexation, he said.