Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Thousands saved from agonizing annexation process.

Here's the hot news release from the City of Springfield:
Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson and Rogersville Mayor Jack Cole announced today that the two cities have agreed to create new Urban Service Area boundaries in eastern Greene County, subject to approval by the Springfield City Council and Rogersville Board of Aldermen.

The agreement means that both cities will withdraw their annexation ordinances for the area along U.S. 60 between Springfield and Rogersville.

The proposed east-west boundary for the two cities’ Urban Service Areas will be Farm Road 213. The formal agreement is expected to be completed in about 90 days. After that, all voluntary annexations for the two cities will be based on the new Urban Service Area boundaries.

The mayors agreed that each city will be responsible for providing utility service for properties within their respective Urban Service Areas that sign consent annexations with either city. This agreement allows both cities to protect their anticipated growth areas.

Both cities also agree to take any necessary actions to protect U.S. 60 as a limited-access corridor through eastern Greene County. They also agree that a new interchange at U.S. 60 and Missouri 125 will be developed to the standards of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The City of Springfield initiated its annexation process because the developer of the proposed Logan’s Crossing commercial area at U.S. 60 and Missouri 125 indicated his preference to receive Springfield sewer services.

The City subsequently learned that the developer had previously signed a consent annexation petition with the City of Rogersville, though he still indicated a preference for Springfield.

“We felt it was important to resolve this consistent with that voluntary annexation petition,” Springfield City Attorney Dan Wichmer said. “We respect another city obtaining a voluntary consent.”
And there you have it, kids -- peace in our time.

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