The Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution to annex the 27.89-acre Sears property along Shady Grove Road in spite of harsh criticism from Rockville city officials.
Earlier Monday, Rockville city council member Tom Moore said in a blog on Patch that Gaithersburg officials were "preparing to wreak serious, unnecessary and perhaps permanent damage upon the relationship between their city and the City of Rockville."
Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel and council member Cathy Drzyzgula vehemently defended the city's actions and annexation process with prepared statements and council member Jud Ashman said, "I think some of [Rockville's] interpretations of our process and the narrative history aren't correct."
Much of the debate over the annexation has centered on a 1992 memorandum of understanding between the two cities which, according to Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz, expired on July 23, 2012.
Related Coverage of Sears Property Annexation:
Gaithersburg's Destructive Drive Toward Annexing Sears (Monday, Aug. 6, 2012) [Blog post by Rockville city council member Tom Moore]
It's Gaithersburg vs. Rockville: Which Will Win? (Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012)
Border Wars: Gaithersburg, Rockville Fight Over Shady Grove Site (July 26, 2012)
Rockville Letters Oppose Great Indoors Site Annexation (June 7, 2012)
Council Considers Adding 28 Acres To City (March 5, 2012)