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June 23, 2014

Business owner says no to Nederland annexation

NEDERLAND — Local business owner Terry Metreyeon voiced his opposition to the city of Nederland’s proposed annexation of land along U.S. 69.

Metreyeon, owner of County Home and Ranch and Diamond M Cattle and Exotics, told Nederland City Councilmembers during a public hearing on Monday that the annexation would cause his land value and his taxes to increase.

His current location on U.S. 69, north, is one part of 54.25 acres of land the city is eying for annexation. The acreage — which is in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction — is split into sections with one section located adjacent to County Home and Ranch, a strip of land behind Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and another section behind the Pipefitters Union Local 195 building and to the side of the property.

Metreyeon had originally sought land owned by the Nederland Economic Development Corporation on U.S. 69, south, behind what is now Jungle Bar and Grill. Metreyeon didn’t receive the land and decided to locate his business just outside of Nederland city limits. But the land he originally wanted remains undeveloped.

“The land is still there, vacant,” Metreyeon said.

In talks with the appraisal district Metreyeon learned that his land value would initially increase by $9,250 if the annexation is approved, he said. He added that his business has lost money during the past two years, possibly due to location and if the store fails he would consider industrial storage which is taxed based on the value of the inventory.

Metreyeon noted that the land the Pipefitters Union and the cemetery are on are tax exempt.

The businessman also told council that making improvements to the whole parcel of land could be costly to the city when extending city services to those areas.

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

Metreyeon was the only audience member to address council regarding the proposed annexation. A second public hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. July 14 at Nederland City Hall.

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