Monkey Junction is now a part of Wilmington

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Submitted: Wed, 04/04/2012 - 9:31pm
Updated: Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:31am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Like it or not, Monkey Junction is now in the Wilmington city limits. That means those residents will soon start receiving city services, such as police protection and solid waste removal.

“Honestly, I think it is a ploy for the city to go ahead and strong arm their way into Monkey Junction and get these residents to fork over more of their money,” resident Tasha Johnson said.

Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark says the city is simply following the letter of the law. Last week, a Wake County judge ruled that a state law giving property owners a chance to petition to overturn involuntary annexation is unconstitutional.

“From that day forward, the Monkey Junction annexation area took effect,” Rivenbark said. “So according to the General Statutes, and we have a lot of experience in this, we have to provide the core services beginning the next day.”

Monkey Junction residents are not pleased.

“I think they’re trying to butter up the residents to make them want the annexation, but we’re not getting that practice tax bill,” Monkey Junction resident Sharon Bernal said. “I just think they’re trying to make the residents want it.”

Meanwhile, an attorney for some Monkey Junction property owners is working with the Attorney General’s office to appeal the ruling. During this appeal process, Monkey Junction will remain part of the city.

The city has to file paperwork with the Register of Deeds office and the Secretary of State. That will kick into place a timeline for services to begin.


  • Brad Floyd says:

    Well I hope the people that just got forced city control of their property remember to vote these same people back in next election. Which seems to be the case of others that have had the same treatment because they keep getting reelected some how even though the mayor and his communistic city council dose every thing the majority of voters dont want but yet they get relected so why should they care. Please next elections vote all these clowns out ty.

  • Barbara says:

    Wilmington does not have us yet..we are still in the county!

  • Diva says:

    Someone has to pay for the ball park….guess who it will be! we will get whether we want it or not!!!

  • Ally says:

    Fine, put my property in city limits, but I want all that comes with it..including sidewalks in my neighborhood, so I can safely walk my baby around…what is the proposed date for that?

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Can the new citizens of Wilmington bill the city for services (Trash Pick Up) that they have been paying (out of pocket)for since the effective date of annexation ?

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest357sig says:

    You new found Wilmington subjects can now sign the Josh Fulton anti taxpayer funded stadium petition.

  • taxtaxtaxspendspendspend says:

    The same crowd (inner circle) that rammed a convention center down your throat and now want you to eat a baseball stadium sandwich need that tax money, and you can bet your bottom dollar you property taxes are going up. After you fill you gas tanks with heavily taxed gasoline, I’m sure you’ll be on your way downtown to enjoy a convention and wish you had a baseball stadium to spend the rest of your money on. Remember the beloved mayor lives in a gated community and caters mostly to “out-of-towners” to buy property from him. When they run out of your money, they just reach in and grab what they want. Taxation without representation ring a bell?

  • Guest6858 says:

    Just because it is ruled that it can be so, does not make it right. I feel forthe residents in the Monkey Junction area. Must feel like they are being bulldozed. I guess there is no conscience when money is concerned. How very sad.

  • Guest357sig says:

    Before manning the ramparts, call your state senator. The state legislature is your friend on this matter. They can draw the city limits and there is nothing Godfather Saffo et al can do about it. Call Goolsby and let him know how disgusted you are.

  • Taxman a comin says:

    Ahh the sound of tax dollars sucked in by the city to pay for fiscal irresponsibility. Services ..what a joke, County Fire paid for by NHCo, EMS paid for by NHRMC, Sheriff’s Dept. paid for by NHCo, Water and Sewer via CFPU, Garbage via Waste Management..what lousy City Services are needed ? Just siphon off more tax dollars at the expense of working people. NHCo does just fine with their services.

  • Guestin says:

    How else do you except loser saffo to party for his convection center he wanted and tax payers didn’t.

  • joe T. says:

    This is such a shame to see the uncontrolled expansion of Wilmington and has caused a need to increase the tax base and milk more tax dollars to cover ill conceived expansion expenses and infrastructure costs.

    This Ponzi program goes bust when the economy falters as it has just done and then the politicians scramble to cover the costs they built up in the good years.

    It was not long ago that you could get off the newly completed I-40 and drive down the forest lined college road, pass the college and then there would be the Long Leaf Mall. After that is was nice driving along the forest lined road until you reached Monkey Junction and Burger King. The drive to Carolina Beach was worth the time and it was really such a quaint gem of a place that exist no more.

    Wilmington and New Hanover County has now become is a near copy of Northern New Jersey Chaos with a twist of Long Island. Brunswick County is sinking into the marsh under the weight of their growth and their glory days are over as well.

    I am starting to think that this beautiful area that I thought I might retire in has now become what many have escaped up north and the inertia of development and higher taxes is irreversible and the has made me and many others reconsider staying.

  • Guest456546 says:

    So well said.. I remember those days as well! One Lane and no bottle neck traffic.

    WEll PUT!

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Let”s keep in mind that COW fought these residence tooth and nail and at no time considered wat they wanted.
    Hey Charlie, why don’t you do the honorable thing and complete the services the COW is delinquent on in the Masonbourgh area first?

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Now that Monkey Junction has been hijacked by Wilmington there is at least one benefit the residents can avail themselves of.

    That would be to become politically active and organized for the next election and actively work for the removal of those who have ignored the will of the people.

    Mr. Rivenbark may be acting according to General Statutes, but the citizens should work for the immediate removal of politicians that have to keep a ponzi scheme expanding to fund the downtown power brokers.

    Maybe they didn’t listen close enough, when the residents stood up the first time, but if making the removal and accountability of these so called leaders the #1 priority, they will listen and hear them at the next election.

    Most importantly, Monkey Junction residents keep up the fight legally until the next election, and promote candidates that are compatible with your wishes.

  • Bryan says:

    So it is unconstitutional for citizens to petition against the city, but it is perfectly fine to let them force themselves on us so they can take our money. Is it me, or does this sound a little socialist? I wonder what kind of kickbacks that judge got. No one with any conscience could have made a decision like that.

  • Government Mule says:

    I used to play that game with the other kids at school until I was kicked out of the State school system. I also liked to yell, “eat it, eat it” as I forced those smaller than me to eat dirt or worms etc. I believe that the owner of Alfords Seafood had the right Idea. He may have been the first to burn his property, collect the insurance money and move somewhere that isn’t being annexed into the city with the highest tax burden per capita in the State.
    In 1776, a rebel militia group of about 1,000 men positioned itself at a bridge, 18 miles northwest of Wilmington, under the command of Colonels Alexander Lillington and Richard Caswell who take 900 prisoners and weapons / supplies. 2012 may look like 1776 soon. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . . CoW? Hello, is this thing on??? “government even in its best state is but a necessary evil [and] in its worst state an intolerable one.” Thomas Paine.

  • Guesttax101 says:

    it is time for cow residents and county residents to stand up and throw the bums out. hold all elected and employees accountable.

  • GuestYu says:

    Remember these Clowns are elected by us and at the next elections is our chance to remove the “Good Ole’ Boys” from their “Elected” postions. Let’s start fresh with a new group that work for us and not for themselves.

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