The decision, Council member Harry Ulrich said when he made the motion early in Monday night’s regular council meeting, came about because of discussion at a July community meeting about the proposal. Ulrich’s motion was followed by a number of questions from community members who had heard council was either going to vote to move forward with the proposal, that it had already been tabled or might be tabled or dropped.

Those comments had Ulrich on the defensive and telling the audience of about 30 people that he didn’t know where the information came from. He said he’d been approached by Roanoke television stations, and by Monday afternoon was asking their news departments to clarify that no decision had been made about the proposal that was on the council agenda to consider whether to table the issue for further study. Still, several residents who live in the area proposed to be brought into the town were critical of what they considered misleading information and wondered why town council officials hadn’t been more forthcoming. Ulrich told them council has no control over the media.

“We’re so far away from making a decision on this….

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