Lincoln City Manager Dave Hawker told his City Council Monday night that the final 75 letters have gone out to property owners in the Roads End area, telling them that they have 60 days to return a form to the city with their signature indicating that they are willing to be annexed into the city or be faced with having their water shut off, water provided by Lincoln City.
The decades long tug of war over whether Roads End should become an official part of Lincoln City appears to be reaching a final conclusion, assuming that Roads End residents don’t file suit; but that’s almost a dead-on certainty from talk among some of the more politically active residents of the area. Two Roads End residents, one from the Roads End Water District, strongly criticized the council for attempting annexation under such a threat.
A long line of city councils have been assured by Roads End residents that they would eventually annex into Lincoln City since they said they could not provide their own water – their old system long having since failed. But a number of current residents want no part of becoming a part of Lincoln City and the higher property taxes that would go with it. City officials say Roads Enders have enjoyed water at a rate that doesn’t cover all the costs of its delivery and free urban services that are basically gifted by Lincoln City taxpayers. City officials maintain that annexation is long over due and that it’s time to stop talking and start annexing.
The exact city ordinance that will justify the water shut off among those who don’t agree to annex was sent back for some refinement by the city council. The final version will return for council review and probable adoption at the next city council meeting.