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Johnston County residents worry about Clayton annexation

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) - Some residents of a neighborhood near Clayton are afraid their once quiet collection of homes will be annexed by the town. 

Renee Jernigan met us on a rainy April morning on the front porch of her home in Windsor Green Estates subdivision.

When the Jernigans built their house - they were in the country.

Living in the country means they pay county property taxes, have well water and are in the jurisdiction of the sheriff's office.

Since moving into their house 20 years ago, the Town of Clayton has grown around them.

Her anxiety of being annexed into the Town of Clayton escalated when the Town of Clayton Electric Company began some work that crossed right through her yard.

“But now I come home and I worry that my trees are going to be cut down, somebody gonna be digging in my yard," Jernigan said.

According to Stacy Beard, Town of Clayton spokeswoman, there are no plans to annex Jernigan's neighborhood.

“What she is seeing though is the small town electric company, our power company is run by the town. It is not a large corporate entity and we are running conduit through the right-a-way in front of the homes that are near by her,” Beard said. “The town does not forcibly annex it is actually illegal in North Carolina, all annexations are voluntary." 

However, CBS 17 News is told if her neighbors wanted Town of Clayton services they could petition for annexation. Something Jernigan says is unlikely.

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