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Posted: February 13, 2009 12:01 a.m.

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Council receives another annexation petition

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The council received a petition to annex a 449.8 acre plot, mapped above, of land from Carolyn Penland.

Social Circle received another annexation petition for a 450-acre plot of land of unincorporated Newton County —the fourth such petition it has seen in the last half year.

The city council unanimously voted officially to receive the request, submitted by petitioner Carolyn Penland, at its Tuesday meeting. The 449.8 acre plot sits just north of U.S. Interstate 20 and east of Ga. Highway 11 and surrounds the Surrey Chase subdivision.

"The only action we need to take now is to receive the petition," said Mayor Jim Burgess. He said the requested zoning was AG2, similar to the zoning it currently has as a part of unincorporated Newton County.

The city previously received and eventually approved annexation petitions for 335 acres in July, 225 acres in October, and 342 acres in December.

In other city council business:

• Council member Traysa Price was unanimously approved as a vice mayor

• The kickoff meeting for the urban planning steering committee for the downtown revitalization project is Monday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the community center.

• The council also approved a written agreement for a Walton EMC franchise

"We found they were one of the few EMCs in the state that didn’t have written franchise agreements with the municipal corporations that they deal with so they’re trying to formalize their record keeping," said City Manager Doug White.

He said the fees would remain at 4 percent, and that Walton EMC serves only a handful of customers in the city. In the past year, about $1,600 to $1,800 had been collected for Walton EMC services.

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