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Greenwood council rejects annexation

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A proposed Greenwood annexation was not approved on its first vote because city council members are split between supporting residents who don’t want to become part of the city, and cleaning up the city’s boundaries.

The annexation of 93 acres along Pushville Road, west of U.S. 31 would smooth out the city’s

southern boundaries, but residents have said they saw no benefit to having their properties become part of Greenwood. The annexation would affect about 10 families.

The residents don’t want to become part of the city, and the only benefit of the annexation to the city would be appearance, council member Mike Campbell said.

“It just makes our boundaries look nice on a map,” he said.

Council members Bruce Armstrong and Ron Bates said they only want to expand Greenwood with people who want to be part of the city.

“If they don’t want to come into the city, I won’t make them,” Armstrong said. “I’ll do what I can to make sure the people in the area get what they want.”

The council voted 4-4 on the annexation. Council member Ezra Hill was absent. Council members Campbell, Armstrong, Bates and Thom Hord voted against it. The split vote means the city council will have to consider the annexation again at its Sept. 16 meeting.

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