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Berlin Petition to Stop Land Annexation Fails

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BERLIN, Md. - The historic town of Berlin is getting a few new additions. Thursday morning a petition signed by registered Berlin voters failed to get enough signatures. The effort led by Berlin resident Jeff Smith says it was meant to start a conversation. 

"The petition was drafted to give the citizens of Berlin the opportunity to have their voice heard," said Smith. 

Smith started the petition in late May and went to door to door spreading awareness. The petition needed twenty percent of Berlin registered voters to call for a referendum, but about one percent of the signatures Smith acquired were invalid. Smith hopes this effort will encourage residents to keep speaking up. 

"I think there is a big enough movement to keep pressure on town council to pay attention to what the residents want and to start listening to what residents asked them to do," said Smith. 

Spiro Buas is the land owner of the property, since 1995. He bought it for commercial use and plans to put multiple buildings including a 7/11 and gas station. Although the land was planned for buildings more than two decades, Buas says people seem to be caring now. 

"Since there was a tax increase in Berlin, I think people started getting interested and thought an annexation would cost the town more money, which is the farthest thing from the truth," said Buas. Planning and zoning meetings will happen in the next few months. The property is officially apart of Berlin and the town can expect construction to start in the next year. 

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