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October 9, 2012

Caddo Mills only looking to add right-of-way

CADDO MILLS — Caddo Mills City Manager Mike Jump said the proposed annexations of portions of Farm-to-Market Roads 1903 and 1565 will only be adding to the city’s Extra-Terretorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

“The only thing we’re taking in is the Texas Department of Transportation right-of-way,” he said. “This will not increase our tax-base.”

Jump said there are two reasons for the proposed annexation.

“The city will install sewer lines beyond the four corners of I-30,” he said. “It does several things for us. It takes the aerobic systems offline and clean up the environment, and it is a caveat for growth.”

Merle Watson, who owns property that falls into the proposed annexation, said he will wait until more information is available before making a decision.

“Their objective I think is good,” Watson said. “There were a lot of answers that they weren’t able to answer.”

Another resident, however, said he completely disagrees with the proposal.

“I am not wanting an annexation,” Mike Vaughn, a resident who lives within the proposed annexation, said. “I moved to where I am because I wanted to be in the country.”

According to Jump, residents living along the proposed roads would only have to get on the city’s sewer system if their current aerobic system is damaged and will cost more than $3,000 to repair.

“If you’ve got a good working aerobic system, then you won’t have anything to worry about,” Jump said.

Dennis Rice, a resident on FM 1903, said he would agree to the annexation.

“If it’s between getting annexed by Greenville or Caddo Mills, I’d choose Caddo Mills,” Rice said. “They’re just protecting us by getting control of the roads.”

Mike McMahan, councilman for Caddo Mills, said this move is for the future of Caddo Mills.

“This is more than just sewers, this is about Caddo Mills,” he said. “We have to grow or we’ll die.”

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