Commissioner against Selmont incorporation

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2003

That pesky matter &045;&045; incorporation, this time concerning Selmont &045;&045; once again reached the Selma City Council at its meeting last night.

At the council’s work session earlier, County Commissioner Connell Towns said he wanted what was best for Selmont, and he along with many Selmont residents didn’t support incorporation efforts.

Towns said Selmont’s incorporation had been a dead issue until a KPS Group annexation study focused light back on the community. The study recommended eliminating fire and police protection for residential properties in the area.

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Selmont residents are willing to pay more money to receive fire-and-police protection, Towns said. He wants the council to come together and work for what was best for both Selma and Selmont.

Mayor James Perkins Jr. noted at the meeting that people were overreacting to the annexation plan.

Before moving on to other affairs, President George Evans asked for volunteers to form a committee that could meet with members of the Selmont community.

Councilwoman Jean Martin will join Sewell, Councilman Sam Randolph, Council President George Evans and Mayor Perkins on the committee.

In other matters the council:

The council chose to look at the matter again April 1 at 2 p.m.

The EEOC said the water works board violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and a settlement with aggrieved parties should be reached.

The council voted 7-1 on a declaration asking the water board to quickly resolve the matter. Councilman Glenn Sexton voted against the measure. Councilman B.L. Tucker was absent.

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