Tonight, Warner Robins City Council met to discuss the agenda for the next meeting. A hot topic that got residents talking was the annexation of two communities in Houston County: Jasmine and Governor Estates.
Residents can expect big perks from the city of Warner Robins when the annexation takes place. Some things include, new street lights, paved roads, and protection from the city police and fire department. Residents say they're not necessarily opposed to annexation. They're just disappointed in the process.
"I think our forefather's said you have to have proper representation, and we haven't had any representation. So in my mind, that goes against the amendments and my rights as a citizen," says Paul Spalding, resident of Governor Estates.
He's one of many residents who says being annexed isn't the problem. The issue is the lack of communication between the city and the residents.
"The annexation process came to my attention when I drove home one day and saw a sign at the entrance of our subdivision. Prior to that I was unaware that a discussion about annexing was even on the table," says Tony Whitley, Governor Estates resident.
That's why residents are annoyed. The decision was made for them by developers of their communities.
"I think the problem in this whole process is, people come and buy these houses after they're developed. There are agreements in place with the developers who developed these properties before it's annexed that if they receive city sewer and water that they will come into the city once they are occupied," says Bob Wilbanks, Warner Robins City Council.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Warner Robins City Council were very receptive to all of the comments and concerns at the pre-council session. They even suggested·writing a letter to the·developers and the real estate agents who handled these properties to address the real issue; the buyers should have been notified at the time of purchase that these properties would one day be a part of the city.