Residents discuss city dissolution; council member criticizes mayor

Town Hall

Laurel Hill City Council Chairperson Larry Hendren, center, speaks during a town hall meeting Tuesday night at First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

LAUREL HILL — Many residents who crowded First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill’s fellowship hall Tuesday night said this north county community should dissolve its city status.

The City Council wanted residents’ input on whether it should place a dissolution option on an upcoming ballot. Resident Harold Jones’ comments on poor road conditions during a Nov. 15 council meeting spurred the council’s decision to schedule the meeting.

Residents on Tuesday mainly discussed the main roads’ disrepair and expressed concerns about how their tax dollars were spent. Most favored dissolution.

"My position is that we are in the county and we all need to make (the city of) Laurel Hill go away," Harold Jones said.

"I'm for it," Deborah Adams, a Laurel Hill School teacher, said. "If Laurel Hill is no longer a city, that does not mean that they are going to erase those letters off the map."

A few residents favored Laurel Hill remaining a city.

Despite the city’s shaky financial standing, the likelihood of Okaloosa County repairing the roads, post-dissolution, would be a “pipe dream,” Mike Blizzard said.

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