HED:Aberdeen board expected to make up annexation case next wee

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AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Aberdeen board expected to make up annexation case next week

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Aberdeen officials will take up the city’s annexation plan next week.

The plan, which was sent back to the drawing board earlier this month for fine-tuning, had been scheduled to be presented to the board Dec. 23 for a vote but because it was not quite ready the board delayed the vote until Jan. 6, said Aberdeen Mayor William Tisdale.

The board had been reviewing an annexation study and a surface survey, both given to it several months ago by a Columbus-based engineering firm, he said.

The annexed areas will increase the city’s size by about 2 square miles, Tisdale said. The study was conducted by Neel-Schaffer Inc.

The proposed annexation plan, which has been in the works since the last administration, will encompass:

– The new U.S. Highway 45 and Mississippi Highway 8 bypass.

– A section of land north of town, along U.S. 45.

– A section of property along U.S. 45 on the east side of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. This section of property was in the original annexation plan but later removed. Tisdale said it was added back by the current board.

Tisdale said the annexation plan would include only about four or five houses.

Annexation is needed, he said, to reap benefits from potential industrial or retail growth in the areas along the new bypass under construction.

If the plan is approved by the board, it must then be approved by a Chancery Court judge and the U.S. Justice Department. It could take several months to receive final approval.

The areas in the proposed annexation would need some water and sewer lines, the mayor said.