Council to consider pact once again

After weeks on the informal calendar, the City Council is poised to take action on the annexation boundary agreement with St. Martins. But if nothing changes before Monday, it could be voted down.

The agreement lays out the boundary line as limits of annexation, with exception to areas St. Martins has already annexed east of the line and to a portion of Binder Park that lies west of the line. It was placed on the informal calendar in early February when city officials said the negotiations were ongoing and the issue had to be tabled because St. Martins officials had yet to sign the document.

If the agreement isn’t moved off the informal calendar Monday, the bill would die, meaning it would have to be reintroduced.

City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the boundary line has remained basically the same. The issue dealt with two properties on Wrens Lane, just outside of St. Martins, where the property owners had indicated they did not want to be annexed by St. Martins, Nickolaus said.

He said in the original agreement, the two properties were in “no man’s land” and neither the city nor St. Martins would be able to annex the properties for 20 years. The new draft of the agreement, made at the insistence of St. Martins, states Jefferson City still can not annex the area for 20 years, but St. Martins can annex it after five years.

That deal likely will not make it past the council, Nickolaus said, unless a new arrangement can be worked out by Monday. If the deal is not made equal by then, the council is likely to vote down the agreement, he said.

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