By Robbie Ward
NEW ALBANY – The town of Sherman received approval Monday to double in geographic size.
Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn approved Sherman’s annexation plan after the third public hearing. The town of 650 people, with portions in Pontotoc, Lee and Union counties, will add about 30 residents with the expansion, which should be finalized in January.
Sherman Mayor Ben Logan said after the hearing that this expansion will position the town to benefit for future commercial, industrial and residential growth. With annexed land, Sherman’s geographic size will grow to just under five square miles.
“This should stand us well for the foreseeable future so Sherman can grow as the economy picks up,” Logan said.
Sherman’s expansion plans will help grow the town’s tax base through current and anticipated residential and commercial activity in annexed areas. Annexed areas will receive municipal services including planning and zoning, water, sewer, public works, fire and police protection. Some proposed annexed areas already receive water and sewer from the town.
No municipality or county objected to Sherman’s annexation plans at any of the public hearings. However, Tupelo previously objected to Sherman annexing land so close to the city’s limits, leading Sherman officials to leave a 1.8-mile buffer between the two municipalities.
Three residents in the proposed annexation area objected at Monday’s hearing to their property’s inclusion in town’s expansion. Logan said the three property owners’ land in south Pontotoc County, about 25 to 30 acres, would not be included in the annexation.
The annexation will place Sherman’s western boundaries adjoining the town limits of Blue Springs, population 428, which had an annexation in 2011. Sherman’s expansion also will include land along Highways 78, 178 and 9, including area along the Magnolia Way, a frontage road near the Toyota plant in Union County.
Logan, who also serves as Tupelo city attorney, has said he will resign as Sherman mayor when the annexation process ends.