May 6, 2015 Edition

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College City fails to second
20-acre annexation to WR

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

During the April 28 College City City Council meeting, a motion was made by alderman Cathy Harthorn to approve the annexation for 20 acres within the city limits. However, the motion did not make it to a vote as it failed to receive a second.

The property is owned by Walnut Ridge and was part of a land swap between the two cities. It remains in the city limits of College City as it never received annexation.

The property is off Industrial Drive and would be used for a small development made up of distribution centers and light manufacturing.

Harthorn said she doesn't believe anything was meant by the lack of a second and people shouldn't consider this as a down vote. "It wasn't meant to be a controversial decision. College City values its relationship with Walnut Ridge."

She also said she encourages community members to attend the meetings as aldermen are typically very open about their decision making during discussions at the meetings.

However, she stressed that there was no hostility at this particular meeting. "It was a very normal meeting for us."

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said he will review legal options to pursue if necessary but hopes the council will revisit the annexation. He has placed the matter on the agenda for the May Walnut Ridge City Council meeting.

"I really hope for the sake of job creation that the College City City Council will reconsider and call a special meeting before it comes to legal action," Snapp said.

College City Mayor Paul Rhoads said he wants the two cities to work together.

Harthorn said since Walnut Ridge already owns the land, she doesn't believe they will face much difficulty in annexing it.

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