Centre Annexation Meeting
The debate continues over the possibility of annexing the Country Club community into the city of Centre. During a work session last week, city officials and the Country Club Committee made another attempt to reach an agreement over the issue. One of the main sticking points is that in order to move forward, the water lines would have to be upgraded to provide fire protection to that neighborhood. Those upgrades could cost more than $722,000. That cost could be covered by a USDA grant and loan, but the city would have to figure out ways to repay the loan portion. Centre attorney and Country Club resident Shane Givens voiced his opinion about the lack of progress concerning the annexation proposal. City leaders have said they just want to gather more information and make sure some of the ideas for repayment, such as rate hikes, are feasible. No decisions were made during the meeting.