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Ordinance would annex state Route 385 corridor

By Bill ShortAnnexation Millington

The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance on second reading this week that would annex the state Route 385 corridor into the city limits.

Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Chris Ford.

City Attorney Charles Perkins said Tennessee law requires the board to give 30 days’ notice to the public school authority. Because Millington does not have its own school system, he said the notice must be given to the unified school system.

If the unified school system submits a report to the city, Perkins said it will be due by May 2. Then, the Millington Municipal Planning Commission will present a report to the board.

The ordinance will be scheduled for a public hearing and final reading 15 days later.

Perkins said legislation that would allow municipalities to create their own school districts is “progressing” through the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly. So, if Shelby County’s legislative delegation can work to make that legislation become effective sometime this fall or early next year, he said it will help the city with this annexation.

“I don’t want to move too quickly with the annexation and end up with litigation over it,” he noted. “I think we should take our time and do it right.”

District 4 Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, who attended the meeting, told the board that the commission has received the “sustainability report.” Because Millington has the “five top spots” on the state Route 385 corridor, he called it the “future” of both the city and the county.

Roland said the corridor, together with a municipal school system or a special school district, will make Millington a “producer” where people can prosper, thereby reducing the “burden” on the rest of the county.

In other action, on a motion offered by Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Thomas McGhee, the board unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing a special census.

The resolution states that Millington annually receives state-shared tax revenue amounting to $106.30 for each resident. It also notes that the city’s population was increased when the Lucy community was annexed, and it will be even larger when the annexation of the state Route 385 corridor is “official.”

The resolution states that $10,000 has been appropriated in the current fiscal year’s budget to fund a special census in order to get a “certified population count” for the city. It also authorizes City Clerk Lorrie Beth Leach to conduct the census.

During discussion before the vote, Alderman Bethany Huffman wondered whether the city can conduct a census that includes the state Route 385 corridor, even though it has not yet been annexed. Mayor Terry Jones said he anticipates that the annexation will be completed before the census is begun.

Perkins said the board is simply authorizing “something to be done in the future.” He noted that City Manager Thomas Christie can “move forward” with that whenever he “deems it necessary.”

Christie said Perkins “rightfully suggested” that the board wait to see whether the corridor is annexed. He noted that it would be more efficient to conduct the census for both Lucy and the corridor at the same time.

Because Millington currently has 10,200 residents, Perkins said it is included in a “special exception” that allows it to annex territory.

“If you’ve got less than 10,000 or more than 12,000, you’ve got a problem,” he concluded. “So, you are right where you need to be.”



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