Commissioners Defer Action On De-Annexation From Valley Center

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 5, 2013

The Sedgwick County Commission deferred action for 30 days regarding the petition for de-annexation of the Ranchos del Rio additions from Valley Center.

Nearly two dozen people came out to speak for and against the de-annexation at this morning's commission meeting.

Homeowners who were present and city staff disagree on whether service plan promises have or have not been met since the annexation in 2005.

Commissioners will further study this issue. July 5th will be the last day the county will accept comments from either side.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A majority of landowners in the Ranchos del Rio additions, in West Valley Center, have signed a petition for de-annexation.

In 2010, the Sedgwick County Commission allowed the City of Valley Center two and a half years to improve their services.

"When you pay for something, you expect service. You expect it to be taken care of," said Ben Niggemann, resident. "We're not really benefiting any, from that so, it's kind of disappointing."

The landowners specifically site the failure of the City to provide adequate services in three areas including, animal control issues during after hours and weekends, street light pollution in the area, and deteriorating roads.

City administrator Joel Pile said the City has met all obligations. He added that street lights were installed per the request of residents and street improvements are scheduled for later this year.

The homes were annexed in 2005.

The Commission will vote on Wednesday to set a public hearing date. The date will likely be June 5th.

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