Hornbeak’s annexation plans to proceed, adding about 30 homes

Hornbeak’s annexation plans to proceed, adding about 30 homes
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Hornbeak is on the move.
The town’s board of al-dermen voted 4-0 Tuesday night to proceed with annexation plans that will take in areas around the current city limits.
Local surveyor Jeremy Smith told Hornbeak’s mayor and aldermen that about 200 acres will be annexed, which will be roughly 30 homes and about 102 people.
Smith told The Messenger the annexation will take in portions of Stockdale Road, Shawtown Road near Black Oak Elementary, State Route 21 and Glass Road.
“It doesn’t exactly square (the city limits) up, but it took in quite a bit,” alderman Leon Walden said.
Aldermen learned the next steps will be some field work and the drafting of annexation plans that will ultimately be presented to the board for the required readings.
Walden made the mo-tion to go ahead and start with the annexation plans, drawing a second from alderman Paul Truett. Aldermen Lynn Finch and Cody Caksackkar joined them in approving the motion.
In other action during Tuesday night’s meeting, the board:
• Welcomed new alder-man Caksackkar, who was administered his oath of office by Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire prior to the meeting. Cak-sackkar was appointed last month to fill a vacancy created by the September 2011 death of alderman Paula Parker.
• Approved a request for a resident to have a sewer grinder installed for a new house being constructed.
• Approved the payment of an invoice for the repair of some fire department air packs and reimbursement to Hornbeak Fire Chief Bob Reavis for his personal payment of training materials for first responders.
• Was briefly updated about work on Johnson Street, where a crew will build up the shoulder.
• Expressed appreciation to the town’s firefighters and first responders in the aftermath of a three-vehicle traffic accident which claimed two lives Saturday evening just outside of Hornbeak.
Hornbeak Police Chief Ronnie Moore also told board members that con-trary to any rumors they may have heard, Hornbeak was not involved in any kind of pursuit or road block prior to the wreck. He said a motorist had expressed concern to him about a pickup truck that had come through town and he was in the process of dialing the Troy Police Department’s number to report the vehicle when the wreck call was dispatched.
Hornbeak firefighters who were in attendance Tuesday night emphasized that the accident remains under investigation by law enforcement.
Board members Dennis Dozier, Christina Gray and Debi Jerden were absent from Tuesday night’s brief session.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.11.12

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