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City Council OK’s historic annexation


It is a historic annexation because it is the largest by population in Wyoming’s history ... The city sent out questionnaires to Crestview homes on March 31 asking whether residents want to be annexed into the city. Of those, 77 said no and 22 were ...


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TNCMS.AdManager.render({region: 'fixed-big-ad-middle-asset', slot: 1, fold: "span"}); To make sure it wasn’t repeating its mistakes, Gillette pushed through the annexation and will take advantage of as much sales tax collections it can.What happens nextThere are still loose ends that need tying up when dealing with the annexationTwo of the larger issues include public parks that are in Antelope Valley and Crestview.The city didn’t plan on taking them over, but neither did the county once officials knew the city was going to annex the areas by the end of the year.The matter is expected to be hashed out at Wednesday’s joint meeting between the city, county and the town of Wright starting at 5:30 p.mat the Wright Town Hall.On Dec18, the city plans to file an annexation plat and the ordinance with the county clerk and four days later, will submit paperwork to both the Secretary of State’s Office and the U.SCensus Bureau.For the annexation to become official, there needs to be 10 days of publication just like any ordinance.Publication will begin Dec13.Davidson said that police will begin patrols in the annexed areas on Dec13 and other services such as snow removal and solid waste pickup will begin at the start of the year.

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