|City may move to annex more property|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Oct. 5, 2005 -- A request from Matthew Hanna for the annexation of a residential development behind the Stone Briar Addition Tuesday evening met with quick approval as the Sulphur Springs City Council set dates for public hearings on the proposal.
Public hearings on the annexation of the new development were not necessary because the property owner requested it be brought into the city, but City Manager Marc Maxwell said the council needed to become accustomed to the process.
�He has asked to be annexed in,� Maxwell said. �We probably do not have to jump through all the hoops, but I think it is good practice to.�
Council member Joe Crouch said he understood there was also a need for some annexation to square up some of the city’s boundary lines.
The city manager agreed, and also said discussions had been ongoing for several years regarding the annexation of property adjacent to the city limits.
�This subject came up several years ago when we kicked around a couple of ideas and even produced a map of different areas we might look at in the future,� Maxwell said. �It really never got any further than that.��
With anticipated growth and development, especially along the southern boundaries of the city, the city manger said now would be the time to consider bringing more property into the city.
Specifically, areas around the planned extension of State Highway 11 are identified as potential targets for annexation, as well as SH 11 east.
�It is a whole lot easier to annex property before it is developed than it is after it is developed,� he said. �Now would be a good time to look into that.�
City staff members said there were no target dates to begin the annexation process, but indicated it would be forthcoming.