Other counties must certify Vincent annexation petition

Published 12:56 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vincent citizens will not be able to vote on whether to allow their town to be annexed into Harpersville until two other counties certify the annexation petition.

Since the town of Vincent extends into St. Clair and Talladega counties, the probate judges of those counties also have to certify the annexation petition before an election can happen, said Shelby County Probate Judge Jim Fuhrmeister.

“Since Vincent is in more than one county, Harpersville would be in more than one county,” he said.

Fuhrmeister said he has already certified the petition.

A Vincent election on the annexation must occur no less than 40 days or more than 90 days after either Harpersville passes a willingness ordinance or after the last county certifies the petition, whichever is the last to happen.

Noble Naugle, with the Citizens for One Community group that drew the annexation petition, said he would not confirm or deny whether he had filed the petition with St. Clair or Talladega counties.

“I’m not suggesting I did or not. I’m just kind of being quiet about things right now,” he said.

When asked if he planned to submit the petition for certification and if the petition was a serious effort, Naugle said he wants to make sure Vincent citizens have a say about the proposed limestone quarry.

“I plan on doing everything I can to give the people, the citizens of Vincent, the time they need to have a say in the quarry,” Naugle said. “I’m always serious in everything I do.”

A clerk with the Talladega County Probate Office said the office has not received a petition from the Citizens for One Community. Also, a clerk with the St. Clair County Probate Office said the office had no record of such a petition being filed.

The Harpersville Town Council took no action on the petition, signed by 57 Vincent citizens, at the Aug. 17 council meeting. The next Town Council meeting is Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.