Council receives annexation petition

The process of annexing land for a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter for the City of Borger is now moving forward.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borger City Council received the petition requesting annexation of the remaining portion of a 19.773 acre tract of land in Section 23, Block Y, Arnold & Barrett-Morris & Cummings Survey, Hutchinson County, instructed staff to prepare a service plan, and approved a resolution setting two public hearings for May 15, 2012.All of the area proposed for the annexation will be for the site of the proposed Supercenter and subject to ad valorem and sales taxes.Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said the city received the application from Odis McClellan for the annexation of the land. He said the annexation process is a fairly easy one, but is fairly time-consuming with public hearings and waiting times.Under the local government code, the council will need to prepare a service plan and hold two public hearings at least 30 days after publication to area landowners and public utility providers in the area. Both of these public hearings must be held within a 20 to 40 day window from the introduction of the annexation ordinance.Edwards said when no opposition is anticipated, it has become common practice to hold both required public hearings during the same meeting as long as each is listed separately. Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Vinyard said he wants the public to know how important it is that the city is considering the annexation of this land.“We get a great deal of sales tax dollars from the current facility, and if we did not go forward with this, we would lose a fair chunk of change,” he said. “This is very important for us to achieve this. It’s good for everybody to be aware of that.”Current plans are to introduce the first reading of the annexation ordinance at the Borger City Council meeting on June 5, and adopt it on final reading at the council meeting on June 19.