The Union Planning and Zoning Commission again held off on making a decision regarding a voluntary deannexation request.

The request came from Betty and Gary Wrinkle, who own 12.71 acres on Katherine Drive, north of the old industrial park on Highway A.

The property was involuntarily annexed by voters in 1990, a year after the Wrinkles bought the property.

According to a property map, if the request were granted, a property to the north of the Wrinkles would become “an island,” noncontiguous with the city — a scenario the city typically tries to avoid.

City Attorney Matt Schroeder said the application would be better suited for the city if the property owner to the north joined the petition for deannexation.

He advised Gary Wrinkle to talk to that property owner and — whether he wanted to join the petition or not — to refile the paperwork because some documents were missing from the original application.

“Everybody understands what he wants to deannex today because we’re all sitting here, but five years from now if there’s a new board or they’ve sold it to someone else . . . the application will have the wrong legal description on it,” Schroeder explained.

Background

In September 2017 Wrinkle told the commission that he can’t access sewer or water services through the city or through the Public Water Supply District No. 1 (known as Krakow Water District).

At that time, City Administrator Russell Rost said there are sewer and water connections to the edge of his property and that he can connect to those services if he goes through the process of removing himself from the water district’s territory.

Rost noted that the city does not prohibit him from getting services from the water district if it’s available.

Wrinkle said he’s received conflicting information from the water district.

Water districts can overlay city limits, Rost added.

“It’s the property owner’s responsibility to gain authority to connect with those by removing themselves from the first water district, but both water and sewer are available,” Rost said.

Wrinkle questioned why he would have to purchase rights to the water district when he was annexed against his wishes.