Wood’s oath of office, de-annexation top Oakwood council agenda

Rhonda Wood is scheduled to take her seat on the Oakwood City Council Monday night after her swearing-in that was postponed because of an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office into the March 12 special election which she won.

That investigation began after it was learned that 200 people who do not live in Oakwood voted in the election. But after canceling the swearing-in, city officials backtracked and decided, after a closer review of state law, that she could take the oath of office even as the investigation proceeded.

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Once Wood is seated, the council will move on to other items on the agenda, including a de-annexation request.

According to the agenda, Perry Scroggs wants to move to 2.29 acres from Oakwood out of the city. The property is at 4526 Railroad Street. It is currently zoned for single-family homes, and Scroggs plans to keep that rezoning if the council grants his request.

In asking for the de-annexation, Scroggs cited taxes as the main reason for his request. “It was zoned to sell commercial at one time but was re-zoned back to residential,” he wrote city officials. “It has been a (monetary) hardship…Extra taxes etc. for Oakwood and we pay county too.”

The council meeting begins at 7:00 at city hall.