The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

October 28, 2012

Calhoun annexation into Decatur one step closer

— The way is paved for Calhoun Community College to annex into the city of Decatur.

The Alabama Board of Education, overseer of the state’s two-year colleges, approved Calhoun’s annexation request during its meeting Thursday.

Calhoun President Marilyn Beck has said annexation from southern Limestone County into Decatur will lower fire insurance rates and cut response from police, firefighters and HAZMAT by up to half. The Decatur city limit currently stops at the south end of Calhoun.

Decatur City Council members could vote on the annexation request at its Dec. 4 meeting, said Director of Economic and Community Development Wally Terry.

He said the matter would be reviewed by the Planning Department and probably forwarded to the Planning Commission for a vote before it comes before the council. Although the council could call a special meeting to approve the request Nov. 19, Terry said that is unlikely.

Some Decatur residents have questioned how much it will cost to provide additional police and fire service to the school of more than 5,000 students.

Terry said the council would discuss any additional costs, but he was not aware of anything out of the ordinary.

“We are already servicing them with a secondary response team, and I know of no need for a fire station or anything to be built. As the Highway 20 corridor grows, then new assets may have to be dedicated, but not now.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Poll

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee