Rock Hill to cut off water despite residents’ pleas

By Jamie Self | HeraldOnline

Retirees John and Sherri Zimmerman live on a fixed income and oppose Rock Hill's plans to annex their neighborhood.

YORK COUNTY —┬áRock Hill officials plan to turn off utility taps of county residents who refuse annexation by today’s noon deadline despite being asked for an extension, city officials confirmed Tuesday.

Starting Monday the city plans to phase out service to residents who do not agree to annexation. Those who agree to annexation will not be affected, city officials said.

Property owners in three York County neighborhoods and along S.C. 161 are part of Rock Hill’s annexation efforts to take control of commercial development along the S.C. 161 corridor.

Homeowners argue they don’t want city services or their costs. They wonder whether they’re legally obligated to annex, a question their attorney plans to explore.

Hired last week by the Miller Pond homeowners association, Attorney Jim Meggs of Columbia said he could likely get to the bottom of that question with more time.

But the city refused his request for a 30-day extension on the city’s deadline.

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