KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Hillcrest Farms neighborhood has successfully de-annexed from the city of Kinston.
State Senate Bill 289 passed June 30, allowing the Hillcrest community to leave.
While Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy acknowledged it was their legal right to do so, he asked the city for unity going forward.
Although the relationship between the neighborhood and city has changed, the community will still be served by the city via water and sewer services.
“We would respectfully ask that any citizen or neighborhood that feels underserved by the institution tasked with carrying out the duties of its citizens to please let us know,” Murphy said in a news release.
The Kinston City Council held a special meeting Monday morning to consult with the city’s attorney for legal advice after one neighborhood requested to de-annex from the city.
The Hillcrest Farms Homeowners’ Association is seeking legislation to have their neighborhood de-annexed from the city of Kinston.
Council members said they were blindsided by the neighborhood’s request and want to keep the city united.
City attorney Jim Cauley said the action would require prominent legislative support.
At the meeting, council members said they wanted to reach out to the members of the community to address any concerns that led them to the decision.
“We have not received any complaints from anyone since I’ve been on the City Council, and I’ve been here for a long time,” said Councilman Joseph Tyson.
The City Council said all residents in the neighborhood will be receiving letters in the mail asking them to reach out to council members individually to discuss the matter.
“We would like to reach out and let these residents know we are concerned that they have concerns, and we would like to have chats with them,” said Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy.
9OYS reached out to the association, which had no comment
Tyson said the movement could have major impacts.
“Not only the impact it has on the city, but what impact it has in the community,” said Tyson. “They would no longer get the fire services from the city of Kinston, police services from the city of Kinston. They have only private roads.”
The city would also lose tax revenue.