PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 20, 2014

Nederland looking at land annexation

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — The City of Nederland is eyeing the annexation of 54.25 acres of land on U.S. 69 north.

The acreage 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.

Nederland City Council took its first steps in obtaining the property recently by setting dates for the two required public hearings — June 23 and July 14.

“The city is landlocked,” Nederland Mayor Dick Nugent explained when asked the reason the city is looking at annexation of the property which is in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. “This will be phase one of two phases.”

City leaders hope to annex the property with thoughts of future development.

The phases includes the annexation then extend city services to the property.

The acreage is currently served by Jefferson County Water Control and Improvement District No. 10.

“The City of Nederland will provide utility services within the time period prescribed by state annexation laws as well as making available other city services,” City Manager Chris Duque said.

Duque said the city will soon mail letters to the adjacent property owners to notify them of the upcoming public hearings.

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