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Annexed Cary residents still waiting for water service

Posted September 18, 2009
Updated September 19, 2009

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— Six years after a neighborhood was involuntarily annexed into Cary, residents say they are still waiting for some town utilities.

In 2003, Jenny Griffin and owners of 21 other properties in the Stephens Road area were annexed. She and seven other property owners on the road said they requested town water and sewer services for resale value.

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By state law, a town has to provide water and sewer service within two years of annexation, if homeowners request it within 10 days of being annexed.

"No property owner along Stephens Road signed in that initial date that would be required to be complete in two years," said Town of Cary engineer Tim Bailey.

Engineers for the town went to the area in August 2008, Bailey said, but the process includes surveying property, obtaining permits and bidding the project, as required by state law.

Griffin said she is frustrated that she has been paying property taxes in Cary for six years.

"I think it's a shame that any town, be it Cary or any town, takes you into the city and charges you that much money and not give you any services," she said.

Bailey said that if residents were having problems with their wells or septic tanks, the town would expedite the process.

The services are expected to be installed by the end of 2010, Bailey said.

"We will move that schedule as much as we can," he added.

Griffin said she has her doubts.

"I will make you a thousand-dollar bet right now that in 2010, there will be no water and sewer down here," she said.

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  • superman Sep 21, 2009

    Sorry but she never said she expected to get free water! It certainly appears that they made their request some time ago. So have many years can she expect to wait for them to run the water and sewer? True it doesnt happen overnight. But then again towns like Cary annex and get tax money and extending water and sewage adds to the towns demand for services. Their water and sewage facilites certainly have a point that they cant handle more customers without enlarging their facilities. They just annex with no regard as to what the increased demand will create for their town services- including fire, police, water and sewage. They just want the tax revenue.

  • AX Sep 18, 2009

    Thanx for clarifying and yes youre correct, taxes do not pay for water and sewer. In Cary you receive an actual bill for that. Typical as she thinks it suppose to happen over night

  • SailbadTheSinner Sep 18, 2009

    I STRONGLY object to forced annexation, in any of its evil forms.

    I live in one of the areas near Cary, an area that was the subject of an abortive annexation attempt a couple of years back.

    Should they EVER choose to annex my small poverty pocket, I will IMMEDIATELY apply for services by means of a certified letter.

    Two years and one day later, I will initiate the suit.

    The bottom line is that, guys, it may be cheap, but it ain’t going to be free ....

    STS

  • k8ered Sep 18, 2009

    Why doesn't the story state when the residents asked for the utilities to be extended? I keep seeing these stories, but when you get the facts, the residents wait 3 or 4 years to ask for the water and sewer, and then get upset when it doesn't get installed overnight. Another thing, taxes don't pay for water and sewer, that is against NC State Law. Taxes pay for fire and police protection and a myriad of other things. I would like to know the truth about this issue, instead of reading another one sided story, that slams Cary for its annexation program, without providing all of the facts.