The town board of once-rural Troutman expects to annex a total of 836 acres between now and the end of the year.
The properties being incorporated into the town's domain include a 367-acre portion of Crescent Resources' Falls Cove Development and a 106-acre parcel in the southeast corner of the town owned by the Iredell-Statesville School System.
Mayor Elbert Richardson said annexing the property now makes sense for everyone.
“In the instance of large subdivisions, such as Falls Cove, it is much cleaner and simpler if we do the annexations now, before the properties are sold. Otherwise, we would have to address each one individually.”
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The property owner and the town benefit from annexation, he said. The town is expected to supply utilities such as public water and, in most cases, sewerage to the new developments. Without annexations, the owner would have to pay nonresident fees for the services, which are twice as expensive as those charged to property owners living within town limits. Meanwhile, the town gains the opportunity to immediately expand its tax base.
Properties expected to be annexed this fall include:
68 acres between Lowe's Home Improvement and Interstate 77 that are zoned highway business for commercial development.
105 acres on Westmoreland Road, south of Houston Road, for the Sutter's Mill residential development.
71 acres between Houston and Overcash Roads for a portion of the Georgia Mills' residential development.
22 acres on Houston Road for a Lowe's planogram/warehouse.
106 acres on Houston Road for a future K-12 public school campus.
367 acres for 78 single-family parcels included in Crescent Resources Falls Cove Development.
In other Troutman news, the town board has unanimously designated the observance of Martin Luther King's birthday in January as an official town holiday. All town offices will be closed on that day each year, beginning in 2009, and town employees will receive a paid holiday.
An informal survey of adjoining municipalities indicates that virtually all surrounding towns and cities, including Statesville and Mooresville, already observe the day as an official holiday. MLK Day has never been an official Troutman holiday, and Richardson had raised the issue at the town's retreat earlier this year, but no action was taken.
Alderman Amanda Weiser asked the board to revisit the issue. “We should have done it then at the retreat,” Weiser said at the board's agenda briefing on Monday.
King's birthday is actually Jan. 15, but since it was designated as a federal holiday in 1986, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in January.