Purdy continues annexation push
Aldermen to circulate petition to urge county commission action
Members of the Purdy City Council plan to go door to door to ask around 50 residents potentially impacted by the annexation of the south end of Business Highway 37 to sign a petition urging the Barry County Commission to approve the annexation.
Despite reassurances from Presiding Barry County Commissioner Cherry Warren that a petition was not necessary to secure a visit with the commission, Mayor Bo Prock asked council members to circulate the petition. He felt the signatures would further reinforce the cityís request.
Under the previous administration, the city began efforts to annex the state right-of-way to 1.5 miles of Farm Road 1080. The addition of all the rights-of-way would give a football-shaped outline to the city east of the railroad tracks. As in other communities, the Missouri Department of Transportation is now open to municipal annexation of its highway right-of-way. Monett extended its western limits to the Monett Regional Airport, approximately seven miles west of town on Highway 60.
Prock has asserted the county commission has been stalling on the request since the city submitted it for consideration in December 2016. He said two individuals have opposed the proposal have influenced the county commissionís inaction.
Prock stressed that as a fourth class city, Purdy has no authority to force any property owner into annexing into the city. Properties adjacent to the road, including the business Eagle Logistics, would have the option of annexing into the city if the road became part of the city. The city could then provide immediate police protection. Prock noted on several occasions, city police have waited a half hour for county officers to respond to an active crime situation.
Armed with petitions, Prock said he would approach the county commission and schedule a meeting to discuss the issue. Alderman Scott Redshaw asked to have a map included with the petition so aldermen could explain the situation to residents in the vicinity. Prock added the act of annexation would bear no cost to adjacent residents.