CREOLA, Ala. (WALA) - It appears Creola residents will get to vote on whether or not they want to annex into Saraland.
Recently, the city council rejected the referendum proposal. However, that move was overruled by a vote from the Saraland City Council, and a ruling from a probate judge.
Bo Myers doesn't think annexation will help Creola, where he grew up. He said it will bring about changes he doesn't want.
"Things would be forced upon us such as the sewer system, animals, they could tell people to get rid of their animals and all that stuff," Myers said.
Myers was happy when the Creola City Council voted down a proposed city-wide referendum last month.
But supporters of the referendum didn't give up.
"A group of citizens carried a petition to Judge Davis' office, and Saraland City Council I been told passed that willingness ordinance this past week," Mayor Don Nelson said.
Mayor Nelson said the city now has a deadline from probate court to set an election date.
"According to Judge Davis' order, the city of Creola has to set an election date no less than 40 days from when Saraland passed a 'Willingness Ordinance' to no longer than 90 days," Nelson said.
Bradi Preston welcomes annexation, which would mean she would no longer have to pay for her child to attend school in neighboring Satsuma.
"We're in the Citronelle district, and I don't want to drive 45 minutes away, and my child is not going to get on a bus, so that's the reason why I want yes," Preston said.
But others just aren't sold on the idea.
"I love Creola like it is, and I think we can make it as is. I don't want to be part of Saraland," Gloria Myers said.
Mayor Nelson said he supports allowing the citizens to decide one way or the other on the issue that has been divisive in Creola for months.
"Once the vote takes place then things will return to the normal routine," Nelson said.
Mayor Nelson said the city council will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, but he said they could call a special meeting to set an election date.
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