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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)–The New Hanover County Board of Elections needs 60% of homeowners in Monkey Junction to sign the petition against annexation if the town is going to avoid that action from the city of Wilmington. As of Thursday, the board has received 62%.

Although these results are still a couple months from being officially certified, it looks like the unincorporated area south of Wilmington has successfully combated annexation.

The Board of Elections has received 847 petitions of the nearly 1,400 sent out. That means the city of Wilmington will be out nearly 3,000 new residents on almost 1,000 acres of property.

City leaders are already reacting to the news.

“I’m very disappointed,” says Wilmington City Councilman Kevin O’Grady. “I’m disappointed that the folks in Monkey Junction haven’t seen the value that would be provided to them by being city residents.”

O’Grady says some of those values include the service of the Wilmington Police Department and trash collection.

“Obviously there was a lot of resistance to the annexation. I think it was an emotional rather than analytical opposition. I think if they had thought about which side the bread was buttered on, they’d of taken it,” O’Grady says.

Residents of Monkey Junction were excited about the new petition count.

“I think it’s very good news,” says Maria Honan. “You also have to realize that people living here are older people that have lived here all their life, they don’t want to be annexed into the city.”

“We have everything we need, absolutely, right here, without being annexed,” says Sheila Brothers.

Numbers won’t be official until late November.

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41 Comments on "Monkey Junction residents successfully fighting annexation"

2015 years 8 months ago

….but Wilmington is not the be-all and end-all of employment around here. MANY county residents work in the county or outside the county. Many people head North on 17 and work in Jacksonville. I work far more in Columbus, Bladen, and Sampson County than I do within the city of Wilmington.

You’re obviously another city resident wanting county residents to subsidize you. For anyone who wants to see how well that works, talk to the folks in New York who live outside New York City. When Norman Mailer was running for mayor in 1969 the campaign adopted the motto of “Mailer-Breslin and the 51st State.”

Their biggest support came from upstate New York, who wanted the city GONE.

You find the same situation in California, where the move to break the state into two or three states is being driven by the desire to get rid of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

For those of you who think that I’m providing extreme examples, unrelated to our local sitaution, I need reach no further than the recent, “Let’s increase their car registration fee to pay for our urban bus system” to give you evidence of an identical mindset.

The county residents need to recognize the enemy and their attempted take-over. The fight is coming.

No annexation. No consolidation. LEAVE US ALONE.

2015 years 8 months ago

There is an old proverb that says, “If you lose your temper, you’ve lost the argument.” So true.

2015 years 8 months ago

We get a hurricane…what….evert 5 or 10 years or so? So if I pay my lawncare guy an extra $20 to haul away storm debris, it’s no big deal. You, on the other hand, are stuck paying multi-thousands of dollars over those same years just for the “privilege” of living inside the city limits and not getting any more for your money than I get….and if all county residents stopped spending money inside the city limits, you would be forced to pay more taxes. Great thinking, Einstein!

2015 years 8 months ago

Consolidation has been put on the ballot before and gets voted down every time.

2015 years 8 months ago

The Fire Departments have mostly integrated since the collapse of Myrtle Grove Fire Department last year. Good luck though convincing the county to give their employees the civil service that Wilmington enjoys.

Merging the law services is a joke. If I want a report taken to sit in some filing cabinet somewhere I’ll think about calling the Sheriff’s Department. If I want community policing and a level of competence I’ll call Wilmington PD. WPD at least has the gall to call things as they see it and not put up a puppet show for the public that elects their boss. Not sure how you would merge a police department into an elected office anyway. You’d basically have to shut down all the PD’s and allow the NHCSO to expand their services to the entire county. Good luck convincing anyone that is a good thing. Especially the beaches.


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