Annexation of certain parcels of land between Riverside Drive and Gilbert Lake will only happen before April 1, 2004, if the majority of the property owners consent.
The Brainerd City Council, by a 4-3 vote, adopted the ordinance Monday. Voting against the ordinance were council member Gary Scheeler and Lucy Nesheim, and council President Jim Dehen.
Scheeler attempted to table the ordinance because no action had been taken on the $2.6 million Riverside Drive project.
"I think this is putting the cart before the horse," said Scheeler.
Nesheim, who seconded Scheeler's motion to table the ordinance, said such an ordinance would take away one of the Brainerd Planning Commission's statutory means for annexation.
"What would this accomplish?" said Nesheim. The motion to table failed by a 5-2 vote.
Council member Mary Koep said the ordinance gives the residents in the affected area a decision on their future.
"I see this not as a hindrance, but as a help. We're saying to these neighbors, 'Your voice will be heard,'" said Koep. "I see it as a sign of respect and concern and of going forward together."
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