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Mayor says petition for Keedysville annexation invalid

February 02, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - Citing legal technicalities, Keedysville Mayor Lee Brandenburg decided a petition calling for a referendum on the annexation of 91.8 acres was invalid.

The petition had more than the required number of signatures, Brandenburg said.

However, the petition was not legally binding because, among other reasons, it didn't have a signature from someone certifying that he or she had witnessed the people signing the petition, Brandenburg said.

"To me it seemed like whether it be a technicality, there certainly is an indication that there is some concern out there," Councilwoman Yvonne Hope said.

Hope said she planned no action to stop the annexation.

Brandenburg announced his decision during a town meeting Monday.

"I think the annexation is in the best interest of the town," Brandenburg said.

The petition was circulated by Tom Clemens, who said Monday that he was satisfied with the mayor's decision.

"All I wanted was for people to become more informed about the annexation and I think we did that," Clemens said.

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The annexation is expected to increase the town's tax base.

The annexation involves the property of three land owners, Victor Peeke, John Burtner and Paul Williams.

Peeke plans to build a subdivision on the property.

Burtner and Williams are expected to continue farming their land.

The annexation takes effect immediately, Brandenburg said.

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