SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Four of five members of the Shepherdstown Town Council Tuesday voted to annex 13 acres and 11 dormitories on Shepherd University's West Campus to protect the town's share of video lottery funds.
Councilman Stuart Wallace cast the single no vote.
The vote represents the first of two legal readings of the annexation ordinance. The second and final reading takes place at a special meeting Tuesday, Mayor Jim Auxer said.
Passage appears imminent with four council members in favor of annexation.
Councilman Thomas Martin made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Jim Ford. Members Wanda Smith and Lori Robertson cast affirmative votes.
Several residents argued that Shepherd students could beÂ elected to the council and rewrite ordinances that favor student causes -- among them changing restrictive rules governing parking and the number of unrelated persons who can live in a single dwelling.