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July 15, 2014

Nederland land annexation approved; business owner to seek legal help to stop issue

NEDERLAND — A local business owner is set to pursue legal avenues to stop Nederland city’s annexation of his land.

Nederland City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of annexing 54.25 acres of land in its extraterritorial jurisdiction on U.S. 69 on Monday. Mayor Richard “Dick” Nugent cast the dissenting vote.

The annexed land is split into sections with one section located adjacent to County Home and Ranch, a strip of land behind Memory Gardens Cemetery, and another section behind the Pipefitters Union Local 195 building and to the side of the property.

Terry Metreyeon, owner of County Home and Ranch and Diamond M Cattle and Exotics, owns the only piece of the newly annexed property that is taxable by the city. Both the cemetery and union hall are tax exempt.

Metreyeon said 17.5 acres of his land is deemed agricultural and is exempt for up to five years. That particular area will remain pasture land.

“The only thing left is County Home and Ranch,” Metreyeon said.

His business, he said, is not booming and he fears he may have to close up shop by the end of the year. His biggest customers are municipalities and school districts who purchase lawn equipment and such.

Nugent is not in opposition to annexation.

“I’m not against annexation I just feel the timing isn’t right,” Nugent said during an interview on Tuesday. “What we would gain is not equal out what’s out there.”

Extending city services to the business and other infrastructure issues will cost the city about $500,000 with the city recouping about $30,000. The issue would take decades to equal the cost of extending the city services, he said.

“We don’t need it right now. What we do need is roads,” he said adding that he would like to see more funding go towards repairing city streets as opposed to annexing the property.

City leaders annexed the property with thoughts of future development. The acreage is currently served by Jefferson County Water Control and Improvement District No. 10.

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