Date set for court hearing on Gluckstadt incorporation
The first court session for Gluckstadt’s incorporation will be held May 15 at 9 a.m. at the Madison County Chancery Court in room two, according to appointed Mayor Walter Morrison.
Judge James Walker will preside over the incorporation case as well as the Canton annexation, which overlaps Gluckstadt boundaries and came to light within days of the petition being filed.
“My understanding is he’s going to handle both things, all on May 15,” said Morrison.
When Gluckstadt officials and volunteers filed the signed petition, Canton revealed interest in some of the proposed land.
The incorporation petition was filed February 1 after appointed officials and volunteers worked for months to gain enough signatures.
The Canton Board of Aldermen held a meeting to discuss and vote on the annexation in January.
“We understand there has been action by the Canton Board of Aldermen to file a second annexation that proposes multiple areas and includes portions in Gluckstadt boundaries,” said John Scanlon with Pyle, Mills, Dye and Pittman attorneys in a previous Sun article. “The annexation runs southwest of the main city, down I-55, and takes in a primary intersection in the center of the Gluckstadt incorporation.”
Scanlon is one of the lawyers managing the Gluckstadt incorporation petition. He also helps represent Ridgeland in legal matters.
According to Scanlon, Canton had an annexation some years ago that included an intersection projected to have major economic development that never came to fruition “for various economic reasons.”
The intersection is located at Sowell Road and I-55, and does not currently connect to the main portion of Canton.
Madison seems supportive of the incorporation according to a past quote from Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler: “I think it’s a good idea and good for the people in the area. I think we need to have a meeting about boundaries, but, other than that, it’s time for it and it’s a wonderful idea.”
Legally Canton, Madison and Madison County can oppose Gluckstadt’s incorporation.
“If (Canton and Madison) did oppose, they could appear at the hearing and voice their objection,” said Scanlon.
Individual residents will be given the opportunity to voice whatever objections they have as well, according to Morrison.
“The courts then have a hearing, or a trial, which I’m told can last weeks or months.”
Then, the chancery court will either accept or deny the incorporation. The judge can even re-draw the geographical boundaries of the city.