ASHVILLE – It has been debated for nearly four decades, and now, it is being discussed again. Is Ashville interested in annexing Pinedale Shores into the city?

At Monday’s work session, about 25 residents of Pinedale Shores who are members of the Pinedale Owners Association (POA) met with council members to discuss the situation in detail.

POA President David Clayton asked the council to do the research that is required to see if annexation would be good for Ashville and Pinedale.

“We have a lot of support for it from the POA, and we think it would be a good thing for both of us,” Clayton said.

Items of interest that were discussed were a full-time fire department in order to have lower costs for homeowners insurance, road repairs, water and sewer, the lake at Pinedale Shores and zoning.

Mayor Pro tem David Thompson said there are issues with roads now in Ashville.

“We just don’t have the money to repair them, so we can’t make any promises,” Thompson said. “We’re a small city and don’t generate a lot of revenue.”

Councilman Derrick Mostello said the council is just in the research mode and that no promises can be made at this time.

“If we took this on, it would be for the benefit of everyone involved,” Mostello said. “We are just not after your tax money. We all have to be patient because it is not a quick fix.”

Chester Adkins lives in Pinedale Shores and said restrictions are not being enforced.

“Ashville needs to annex Pinedale,” Adkins said. “It would help develop 850 acres. Back in its heyday, Pinedale was very popular. But through the years, there have been a lot of things that have not been right.”

Residents agreed there were about 17 total miles of road in Pinedale.

“There are 10 to 12 miles that are unpaved road,” Adkins said. “The county has avoided doing things for the past 40 years. I have done my research, and these are not private roads. In 1974, the county took over Shore Drive.”

Adkins said if Ashville had a long vision, the 850 acres at Pinedale would be a prime place to grow the city.

During the actual meeting, the council tabled any action concerning Pinedale Shores until Mayor Robert McKay could get return after having surgery Monday.