Nearly 50 acres of land; that's what Scott's City Council approved incorporating into the city limits on Thursday. The annexed property will enlarge the City of Scott further west. The property to be annexed sits along the Fenetre/Tabb Road area.
The council's vote makes the annexation Mayor Morrison's first since taking office three years ago. "Hopefully in a few months we will have our Comprehensive Plan. The policies in place that will govern the Comprehensive Plan. That should protect us as we move forward from disputes," explains Mayor Morrison.
The mayor is excited about growing the City of Scott, but he's also aware that annexation comes with a cost. The mayor says expanding the city's limits means public safety, drainage and road maintenance for the new area. Each resource requires staff and staff requires money. "The police department needs more police officers and police units to go further out. It becomes a high expense. We have to be cautious on how we continue the growth," says Morrison.
The mayor says he's not done yet; future plans include enlarging Scott further west and north. The mayor is content with the alignment to the east with Lafayette. He says the boundaries there are perfectly defined. "Phase 1 is to get this piece. Phase 2 will be to get a piece that connects closer to the city with the road. It gives our police department the opportunity to police that whole area."
The mayor says that the people on the property to be annexed have been wanting to be annexed into the city for some time.