PRESTONSBURG — The city council finalized annexation of five properties during its regular meeting Monday night, but the real annexation effort has yet to begin.
The council voted unanimously on the second reading of five ordinances to annex property within the city limits.
Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter noted during last month’s first reading of the ordinances that the annexations were all voluntary and were unrelated to the city’s desire to annex Highlands Regional Medical Center. The properties include Flowers Bakery, Matheson Tri Gas, Quiksilver Landing and properties at Lancer owned by Judy Rorrer and Rodney Nelson.
However, the city has its eye on a bigger prize — Highlands Regional Medical Center — as well as a large swath of land along Route 321 from Stonecrest to the Johnson County line.
One resident of the planned annexation area attended Monday’s meeting, but was told nothing is taking place on that front, yet. Ethel Murray said she was concerned about the plan, but Mayor Jerry Fannin said the city would have to jump through several hoops before that matter came up.
Fannin said the city would first advertise its annexation plan in The Floyd County Times, then hold a first reading of an ordinance. After that first reading, those in the affected area could petition the city to place the measure on the ballot, to be voted upon by those living within the area.
The council did vote Monday night to hire a Shepherdsville attorney to help with its annexation plans, at a rate of $175 an hour.
All members except Freddie Goble and Les Stapleton were present at Monday’s meeting.