Annexation 'probably' a solution for Petersburg

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

PETERSBURG - Annexation will "probably" be a solution for the man appointed to the town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen even though his house isn't in the town.

Ricky Wright's home is on land that crosses the town line. He and others say that because his Orchard Cemetery Road address is in the city, he is an eligible successor to Anthony Nichols who was the subject of an ouster vote on Dec. 15.

However, Wright's house is on the part of his land that's not in the city, and common law requires that aldermen who represent town residents must "lay their head at night" within their jurisdiction, according to a state official with two long-time state attorneys' opinions supporting the point.

Will annexation resolve the discrepancy?

"Probably so," Wright replied while talking about his situation late last week.

Other comments that evening indicate that an annexation ordinance might become the subject of a Petersburg Planning Commission meeting sometime this year, but Wright's first statement on his situation was that it was anticipated.

"When they asked me to be on the board, it was made known to me that people would probably want to argue about it," he said of how his property straddles the town line and where his home is located beyond the corporate boundary.

So, it was "researched," Wright said relaying the conclusion that his residency was based on where his address is located.