Annexation proposed in Crab Orchard

October 31, 2004|EMILY BURTON

CRAB ORCHARD - After 114 years of a population flatline, Crab Orchard is primed and ready to grow, Mayor Mike Ramey says. But local voters will determine Tuesday if that expansion is on the way.

An annexation proposal has been placed on the ballot in hope that the city can add about $1,214,850 in assessed property to the city limits and about 2.5 miles of streets. The proposed annexation would connect Ky. 1770 and U.S. 150 and extend down the west side of William Whitley Road to increase the city's size by about 40 percent.

"We're waiting with baited breath," for election night Ramey said.

While the area will only bring in $1,700 in additional property tax, due to sparse population and Homesteader's Act exemptions, the future looks much greener. The area encompasses prime real estate sure to draw new homes and industry in the upcoming years, the mayor said.


With nearby Cedar Creek Lake and Crab Orchard's proximity to Amish craft stores and major highways, the city needs to annex the area in order to appropriately direct impending growth, Ramey said.

A long wait

It has been a long wait for annexation hopefuls since the issue was first read during a March City Commission meeting. Commissioner Johnnie Adams has been looking forward to the election night results with anticipation but knows there is a chance the measure won't pass.

"I know a couple that does not want it, for a fact," said Adams. But the city won't grow without annexation, she added.

"I don't think they're looking into the future."

Ramey said the annexation would bring the future to their doorsteps. "Things are going to start moving around here, and we need the fire and police protection, the infrastructure."

The City Commission hope people will recognize the efforts it has already made in bringing new business to town, and allow civic leaders to continue progressively strengthening the community through outward growth.

A map of the proposed area has been available to the public at City Hall, but the mayor said it has drawn little attention. Discussion has "been kind of eerie quiet," said Ramey.

"You hear pros and you hear cons, but until the votes are counted, you just don't know."

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