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Nashville approves annexation request
The Sunnyfield Subdivision is now part of Nashville’s city limits, after council members approved an annexation request Tuesday night during the board’s regular meeting.

Residents of the subdivision approached town leaders in November requesting the annexation. The subdivision is located off of E. Old Spring Hope Road, in between the Cross Creek Subdivision and Harper’s Nursery. It is in Nashville’s current ETJ.

The subdivision is across the street from an area the City of Rocky Mount is trying to annex. Residents in that area, along with others in the Oak Level Community, are in the midst of a lawsuit to fight that annexation.

A public hearing was held on the annexation last Wednesday night. Terry Bryant, who is one of the residents of Sunnyfield, thanked council members for considering the request. Bryant also thanked Town Manager Preston Mitchell and Planning Director Gene Foxworth for their help in the annexation process.

“These two people helped us immensely on the proper procedures,” Bryant said.

Bryant said there were several reasons residents wanted to be in the city limits.

“One of the main reasons we want to be in Nashville is the fact a lot of wells out there are having trouble,” Bryant said. “Then again, we want to keep the city line straight from Nashville  that’s coming down Old Spring Hope Road. We want to keep everything on the left hand side in Nashville and what happens on the other side, I feel sorry for them.”

“I want to be part of Nashville,” Bryant added. “I‘ve always felt partial to Nashville. I’ve not always felt that way to Rocky Mount.”

Council members unanimously approved the request on Tuesday night, during the board’s regular meeting.

Council members also approved the town’s Water Shortage Response Plan Tuesday night.

Jamey Baines, Director of Public Utilities for the Town of Nashville, spoke to council members last Wednesday night on the plan.

“Despite the wet season we are having, I’m here regarding the water shortage response plan,” Baines said.

Baines said the town usually has a plan but because of newer requirements and because of the drought of 2007, the town needed to make a few revisions. The Department of Natural Resources reviewed Nashville’s plan and requested a few administrative changes, Baines said. Because of those changes, a public hearing had to be held. No comments were heard during the hearing last week.

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