HED: Amory eyes annexation decision

CATEGORY: Monroe County

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED: Amory eyes annexation decision

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

AMORY – After the first of the year Amory officials plan to take a closer look at annexation.

Mayor Thomas Griffith said last week the board had discussed the topic of annexation and had met with a consulting firm, Michael Bridge and Associates of Oxford.

Annexation, he said, is just in the talking stages and could be discussed again at a later date.

“We feel like there are areas that need to be in the city,” Griffith said.

There are some streets in Amory where one side of the street is in the city limits and the other is not.

“We also are getting low on business space,” the mayor said.

Griffith added that any new annexation would be sought to make room for new businesses and residential areas.

Before any decisions are made all sides would need to be looked at, he said.

“We would have to look at costs versus revenue,” Griffith said. “It is time to do something.”

Ward lines would have to be redrawn if the board decides to annex, he said. The annexation plan also would need to be approved by a Chancery Court judge and the U.S. Justice Department.

If Amory leaders approved a go-ahead for annexation, they would join the bandwagon of other Northeast Mississippi towns, including neighboring Aberdeen, which is awaiting final approval by its board on an annexation plan.

Another neighboring town considering annexation is Nettleton. There was no opposition to Nettleton’s petition at a Dec. 4 court hearing and a final hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Other towns that have discussed annexation during the year were Calhoun City and Houston. Houston has approved an annexation plan for property on the west side of town along the Highway 15 bypass.

The next step for the plan is approval from a Chancery Court judge.