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Council may add roads to city limits

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By Molly Haines

The City of Owenton could soon be getting bigger a few roads at a time.
The council held the first readings on five separate ordinances that declare the city’s intent to annex certain territories within Owen County.
The annexation would include from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .810 miles to Hwy. 3095, also known as Ellis Highway; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.22 miles to the properties of Cornelius Mann on the east side and Tim Cobb on the west side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.944 miles to the end of the school properties on the north side and Danny and Judy Jacobs on the south side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .375 miles to the end of Ronnie Jones’ property on the north side; and from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .912 miles to Hwy. 227 and the property of Garroll and Becky Shryock on the west side and Danny Jacobs on the east side.
The annexation proposal would include roads only, from sidewalk to sidewalk, and not affect private property.
Once a second reading is held and the ordinances are published, the state, which is considered the property owner, has 60 days to oppose the move.
If no objection is raised, the city would be free to adopt the measure following another round of public readings.
Owenton Mayor Doug West said because only roads will be annexed and no residences or private property would be taken into the city limits, those living in the areas cannot petition to oppose the proposal.
West said the only way residences could be annexed is by a vote.
West first proposed annexation during the fall of last year, for the purpose of “future economic development.”