Remington considering annexing adjacent neighborhoods
Wankoma Village resident Jerome Banks has lived in the Town of Remington for 25 years but pays for his trash service through his community’s HOA dues. The town is considering annexing the parts of Wankoma Village that are outside town limits. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
For the second time in the last 23 years, the Town of Remington is talking about annexing Archie Lightfoot's neighborhood.
A resident of Center Street behind Pierce Elementary School, Lightfoot and his family moved into their house in 1990 – just before annexation talk was stirring.
While he and his wife supported the idea, he deferred to his fellow residents – many of whom were opposed to the idea.
The neighborhood on the eastern border of the town near the Fifth Street Water Tower was never annexed but is once again being considered.
This time around, Remington Council Member Chad Ralls is leading the charge for annexation, which would also include the majority of the Wankoma Village subdivision and could also include the Lees Glen neighborhood north of town.
After confirming that everyone on the council is on board with the idea at next week's meeting, Ralls hopes to send out questionnaires with the town's water bill to gauge the interest.
The bill goes to approximately 1,500 homes, including the aforementioned neighborhoods, which aren't in the town but receive water service.
Ralls said many people are confused and believe they live in the town, which provides free trash service as well as a discounted water rate to its residents.
In Lightfoot's neighborhood, everyone on the north side of Bowen Street live in the county while those living on the south side are town residents.
This distinction initially confused Lightfoot.
When he moved to the area, he went to town hall on Main Street to get a permit to build a garage. But because he wasn't a town resident, he had to travel to Warrenton to receive his permit.
"I didn't ask those questions [of the realtor], I just bought the house," Lightfoot said.
In order to annex any part of the county, the town must get approval from the state and then be approved in Fauquier County Circuit Court.
In both instances, Remington and Fauquier County would have separate public hearings before any annexation occurred, said Ralls.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of today's Fauquier Times.
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