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Ordinance to repeal Lucy annexation passes second readin

By Bill Short

The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance on second reading this week that would repeal the ordinance designed to annex the Lucy community into the city.

Board members took the action Monday night during a special called meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Jim Brown and seconded by Alderman Brett Morgan.

The repeal ordinance is scheduled for final reading during a special called meeting at 6 p.m. next Monday.

Shortly before the Lucy annexation was to go into effect on July 14, attorney Claiborne Ferguson filed a lawsuit challenging its “reasonableness,” which effectively halted the annexation.

City Attorney Barbara Lapides has said that, if the repeal ordinance is passed on final reading, the Lucy annexation by ordinance will “go away,” and the lawsuit will actually be “moot.”

But she has also said the board believes there are many people in the Lucy community who want to be annexed into the city. So, it has begun the process of allowing them to vote on that question.

“As part of that process,” she has said, “the board will adopt a resolution calling for a referendum for annexation. There will be a public hearing, and then Lucy residents will have the right to vote on Nov. 6 whether they want to be part of the city of Millington.”

Noting that the board has adopted a Plan of Services for the Lucy community, Lapides has said repeal of the annexation ordinance will not do away with that. She has noted that the resolution calling for a referendum will reaffirm the Plan, which is in effect.

Interim Mayor Linda Carter has said the board is scheduled to consider the resolution at its Sept. 4 regular monthly meeting.

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