Since the reading of the Intent to Annex Ordinance, the comments I've heard show that there is a lot of confusion, misunderstanding and misrepresentation floating around. I would like to take this opportunity to clear the air about the proposed annexation and to explain why and the reasoning behind it.
The annex area was decided on after a long review by the city commissioners and myself. Planning for the future and being ready for it, that is what this annexation is all about - future growth.
First, the William Whitley Road area. Already, there are many homes and no doubt, more to come. As many already know, the Lair family was initially turned down by Planning and Zoning on the proposed 25-home residential development on William Whitley Road. The underlying reason? Lack of sanitary sewers. Can you imagine 25 homes, each with their own lagoon in their back yard? Not a very desirable idea. They are costly, a mosquito trap and no doubt take away from the property value. City sewage will increase property values and make it less costly to develop. It also will insure that sewage will not seep into the lake from any development, protecting this, our most valuable resource.