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0 Roving Reporter | "Annexation Hearing Draws Crowd" | Article and Photos by Jeanette Larson

As part of the November 8, 2016 regular city council meeting, second public hearings were held on annexation of three areas that are currently in Aransas County but not part of the City of Rockport. Annexation would bring these parcels of land under city authority. The parcels are described briefly as:
  • 92 acres along Market Street between Warbler Lane and Kelly Lane
  • 990 acres along Highway 35 Bypass between Mundine Road and 18th Street
  • 212 acres along Highway 35 Bypass between 12th Street and Griffith Drive

The lengthy hearings included questions from many owners of affected property and pleas to exclude their land from the annexation plan. After everyone who wanted to speak had been heard, city staff presented the Plan of Service, outlining what services would remain with the county or other entities and what would be provided by the City. That document is part of the Council Packet for November 8, 2016 and starts on page 30 of the packet, available online at http://www.cityofrockport.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1310.

A common thread was that those affected by the annexation did not have sufficient information about the impact that the action would have on them, taxes, and their property. A third public hearing will be held in December.

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