published Monday, October 17th, 2011

Group seeks to form new city to fight annexation by Chattanooga


by Cliff Hightower

Poll
Should Ooltewah be annexed by Chattanooga?

A group today announced its plan to incorporate the Ooltewah area after Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield last week asked to expand the city’s planned growth boundaries.

The City of Hamilton would be its name, and its boundaries would include suburban areas within Ooltewah, Georgetown and Birchwood.

“In the face of uninvited encroachment from Chattanooga, Ooltewah area residents have a decision to make,” the group wrote in a news release. “Will they sit back and be shut out of the decision-making process while Chattanooga’s mayor and city council annexes their property, driving up property tax rates nearly 90 percent and adding on other city taxes and service fees without seeing any appreciable differences or improvements in government services?”

The group, friendsofhamilton.org, is organizing a petition drive to incorporate and has set a target of getting on the November 2012 ballot.

“We want to give citizens of Ooltewah a voice in their future,” Chris Matthews, group president, said. “Mayor Littlefield won’t.”

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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sweetdream20 said...

While they're at it, they can wrest the landfill back from the city's control. Tell the city they can't use our dump anymore or THEY can pay the high fees. They closed the city dump and just 'assumed' the birchwood landfill was their's to do with as they please. City residents get free trash service. But the people who live here and have always paid to bring their trash now have to pay exorbitant fees but it will be "closed to the public" in a year or two anyways. I would LOVE to see that reversed and make the city go by the same rules they forced on us.

October 17, 2011 at 8:29 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

You just know that Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and his rubberstamp city council will try to stop this every step of the way. If Littlefield and his cronies were smart (and they are not), they would be planning an exit strategy because when they are out of office, the private sector is not going to want them, and public sector will not want them either.

October 17, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
before1999 said...

Now that mayor littlefield is a lame duck, he wants to go out with a bang and little does that "littlefield controlled city council" that the people here are not going to put up with their rubber stamp ethics any more. Come on people, vote them out

October 18, 2011 at 7:53 a.m.
joecrash1 said...

Concerned citizens should dress shabbily, take your bongos, flutes, pan pipes, and print slogans on cardboard and "Occupy Broad Street" until Littlebrain steps down. You can defecate on public areas in front of businesses and prevent them from conducting business, cost them thousands of dollars, and use the Times-Free Press as Charmin.

October 18, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
RiverBuck1 said...

It's plain and simple!! They just want more $$$$$$$!! It's garbage if you ask me, I hope the people of Hamilton Co. step up and do something about this!! "The City of Hamilton" Come on really??

October 18, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.
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