Monday, July 27, 2009

Annexation Moves Forward

The city of Cookeville will be moving forward with a proposed annexation of some property in and around Free Hill Road. The city planning commission Monday night voted, 5-to-3, to recommend the annexation and a plan of services for an area that includes some 90 acres of property and about 120 residents. The issue now goes to the city council for a vote. Some members wanted to postpone action on the issue, at least in part because a handful of the residents who will be affected said that they did not want to be in the city limits and saw no real benefit to it. Also Monday night, the commission OK'd a change in the zoning code to allow electronic reader signs in the neighborhood commercial zone, but only as a special exception. The issue came up after the planning commission last month denied a request from Walgreens to place one of those signs at its new location under construction at the corner of Tenth Street and Washington Avenue.