City of Poplarville receives annexation ruling

Published 6:44 pm Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The City of Poplarville received a favorable ruling Monday on the proposed annexation of several sections around the east, south and west borders of the city.

Martin Smith, attorney for the City of Poplarville Board of Aldermen, said Judge James Thomas had issued his ruling Monday morning, and that the papers would be filed in the Chancery Court by Monday afternoon.

Smith said all areas that the city had requested to annex will be included in the annexation, with the exception of the property owned by Robert Saucier, one of the protesters to the annexation.

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According to the finding of fact that is to be filed with the courthouse, the court determined that Saucier’s land is “separate and remote to the existing City of Poplarville and should be excluded from the territory annexed.”

According to the court documents, the area to be annexed is approximately 1.5 total square miles, and includes 152 residents of 69 dwelling units.

The city has been awaiting Thomas’s decision since the hearing that was held March 19.