By Graham Sweeney
Editor, The Herald-Independent
The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen has tabled a resolution to absorb nine residential and agricultural properties to the south of the town.
On Monday night, board members unanimously agreed to a two-week postponment on the annexation, zoning and plan of services for more than 100 acres along the east and west sides of Quinn Road just south of town limits.
“Many of them want to be in the Town of Collierville for our schools,” Town Planner Jaime Groce said of the property owners.
The properties were scheduled to be annexed and rezoned on July 31, in time to enroll for school. Groce said he will confirm with the school district that tabling the resolution would not interfere with school registration.
Town Administrator James Lewellen was confident that residents on at least one of the properties was cleared for enrollment.
“They are registered for school this fall,” he said.
The initial plan was to annex nine properties, however Quinn Road resident Jason Greer asked to be removed from the annexation.
“I had originally asked to be annexed,” Greer said,
“but at this time there are still decisions that haven’t been finalized in respects to sewer services in that area.”
Greer said that once a clear timeline is established for sewer services that he would reconsider.
“I hope that, in the future when things get more understood,” he said, “that we have the opportunity to come back and ask for annexation again.”
Brad Hart said he represents three properties involved in the annexation.
“I’m concerned with the timeline on water and sewer for our properties,” he noted.
Each of the properties is inside the Collierville Reserve Area. Four of the properties are vacant and agricultural in nature. The others are single family properties. The vision for the annexed property is for it to be a rural residential neighborhood.
Hart said he attended a work session on the matter last week and said he thought the town had reached an agreement with the developers of the nearby pending Quinn Ridge Development concerning a “water looping system.”
“Thanks for the input,” said Mayor Stan Joyner. “We’re still working on that.”
Town Engineer Dale Perryman said he planned to make progress with the developers this week and “let them present a new proposal” regarding water and sewers.
“We had a work session last Wednesday, but then our computers went down and I haven’t had a chance to look at it,” Perryman said, refering to the recent cyber-security incident that disrupted the town’s computer system.
Groce said the town will benefit from the annexation because it will absorb nearly 6 acres of Quinn Road, which is important to determining the future of the neighboring and still pending Quinn Ridge Development.
“Probably the most important thing for the town is getting control of the right-of-way,” he noted.
Earlier this month, Alderman Tom Allen asked how soon the town would be required to provide water to the annexed property. He was told that the town had a window of two-to-three years to extend the service.
Groce further said that all of the properties are currently using wells and septic tanks.
“Annexation is a finality,” Lewellen said. “So, we should probably table this for two weeks if there are any questions.”