City OKs annexation study area

Mayor Lynn Spruill discusses the prototype tactical urbanism project with the Starkville Board of Aldermen during their meeting on Tuesday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN.)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the annexation study area with a vote of 5-2 during its meeting on Tuesday night.

The proposed annexation study area will include a small portion to the west and north side of the city. The larger portion comes in from the south and east, which will include Mississippi State University.

Both Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn and Vice Mayor and Ward 6 Alderman Roy A’. Perkins voted against the measure.

The annexation study area was presented to the board by President of Slaughter & Associates Urban Planning Consultants Mike Slaughter during their work session on Nov. 17. Slaughter said the study is far from complete because there are many factors still needing to be analyzed.

With phase one of the study area, it identifies land use, demographics, population and racial composition.

There is then an assessed value through ad valorem taxes and sales tax if there are enough businesses in the area.

Mayor Lynn Spruill said with the study area, the city will determine what is economically feasible for both the city and those being brought into the city limits.

During discussion, Vaughn questioned the expansion because there are still areas in the current city limits in need of attention for city services.

“We haven’t fixed what we have inside the city limits,” Vaughn said.

He said by expanding, it will only make it harder for the city to make the adjustments to the current areas in need to better its quality of life.

“We are just avoiding that issue,” Vaughn said. “Sooner or later we are back at square one.”

Before closing discussion, Spruill said the quality of life is important for each resident and there have been efforts made toward them and their area.

“I certainly think we need to make those efforts, I don’t think that precludes our ability to take in other areas that are already benefiting from city services,” Spruill said.

SMOKING ORDINANCE

The board had its second public hearing on the amendment to the smoking ordinance, which would allow for an indoor smoking exemption for some businesses selling electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.

Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk motioned to deny the proposed amendment.

“This is in no way speaking to the benefits or lack there of, of vaping,” Sistrunk said. “It is just an interest in making sure that we treat all of our smoking businesses consistently.”

The motion to deny the proposed amendment to the smoking ordinance was approved with a 6-1 vote.

Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver voted against the motion to deny the proposed amendment.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board held its first public hearing on amending the sign ordinance.

• The board approved the consideration of enacting a bollard plan to further promote the health, safety and welfare of residents.

• The board approved the mayor’s mural program for public spaces in the city of Starkville.

• The board approved a complete streets policy.

• The board approved a prototype tactical urbanism project on University Drive in front of the Oktibbeha County Library. The project was brought to the board by Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker.

• During executive session, the board discussed the immediate termination of the employment an SPD officer.

• The board approved the appraisals of land south of the Sportsplex for the purpose of entrance to the sports fields.

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