Spanish Fort Calls for Annexation Legislation for Businesses in the United States 31
By Guy Busby
FORT SPANISH – City officials will contact owners of commercial properties along US 31 and Jimmy Faulkner Drive with the aim of annexing commercial sites to the Spanish Fort through local legislation.
The city is asking the Baldwin County Legislative Delegation for a bill in the 2021 session to annex areas near the company’s boundaries. Mayor Mike McMillan told a Feb. 15 city council working session that Senator Chris Elliott, R-District 32, who represents the district that includes Fort Spain, has asked city officials to discuss the proposal with the owners concerned before the bill is tabled. .
“We’re talking about annexing properties from top to bottom 31 and Jimmy Faulkner, not residential areas but commercial areas,” McMillan told council members. “This is something the board has discussed. We put this in the form of a map and I have met several landowners. Senator Elliott had some concerns because he would be our sponsor in the Senate up there.
McMillan said he has met with several landowners, but council members need to approach other landowners.
“The senator would like us to cover and meet with all affected businesses and I cannot do it all on time,” McMillan said.
He asked city council members to meet with the owners of the areas proposed for annexation to discuss the upcoming bill and ask if they oppose the plan.
City attorney David Conner said Spanish Fort officials must confirm which sites need to be included in the annexation bill before the proposal is released. He said if the bill is amended after the advertisement begins, the four-week public notice period must start again.
“This is something that we need to do as soon as possible, because we have decided not to advertise once this problem arises, because you have to announce a bill without changes,” Conner said. “We don’t want to present it and have to start over with the publicity.”
The bill provides that 16 plots will be annexed to the city once the bill is passed and enacted.
The law is expected to be completed, announced and passed by both houses of the Legislative Assembly before the end of the session.
The 2021 term began on February 2 and will end no later than mid-May. By law, the session must be completed within 105 calendar days of the start of the quarter.