Sherman, Blue Springs eye annexation

SHERMAN – The municipalities nearest the Toyota plant in Union County are considering annexation that could host business and residential growth stemming from the plant’s opening.
Sherman Mayor Ben Logan said his town’s leaders hope to have an uncontested annexation totaling almost an additional square mile.
“I anticipate it being a three-county annexation of selected parcels that have either requested to be annexed or that have expressed no opposition,” he said, estimating that the land under consideration would add roughly two dozen people to the city.
Sherman, which sits in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties, already includes territory south of U.S. Highway 78, but until the construction of Magnolia Way – the Toyota-related frontage road – some of its territory had no road access. City leaders hope to annex most of the land along Magnolia Way.
One of the requirements for annexation approval is the city’s ability to extend all municipal services.
While Sherman has no water or sewer lines on the south side of U.S. 78, encasements are in place through which the connections could be quickly made, Logan said. He added that the city also hopes eventually to have a fire and police substation near Toyota.
Sherman aldermen anticipate drafting an annexation ordinance sometime in December, Logan said.
In Blue Springs, leaders are in what Mayor David Boland called “the preliminary stage” of an annexation.
“We haven’t decided just how much or even whether we’re going to annex,” he said.
Both Blue Springs and Sherman agreed with the Pontotoc-Union-Lee Alliance and the Mississippi Development Authority not to annex Toyota’s property, but Boland said Blue Springs’ prospective annexation scenarios include extending the village south of U.S. 78.
The village’s current focus is on finding out which landowners in the anticipated direction of annexation would be amenable to being taken into the municipality.
“I think we’re getting real good reception,” Boland said. “I’ve heard a couple tell me, ‘Well, I’d rather be out if it’s all the same to y’all,’” he said, adding that most have raised no objections.
Boland expects the Board of Aldermen to decide by January or February whether and where to pursue annexation.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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