Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Annexation's Only One of 3 Choices for Voters

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Annexation's Only One of 3 Choices for Voters

Article excerpt

Chesterfield wants to annex 3.2 square miles along its southern edge.

The residents of the area will be asked to vote to join the city on Tuesday. But they'll have two other choices. They can vote to become part of the proposed city of Wildwood or they can reject everyone and remain in unincorporated St. Louis County.

State law requires that voters in both the city and the targeted annexation area approve the plan before a city can absorb the area.

Officials in Chesterfield hope that all of the area's residents will favor the measure, entitled Proposition A on the ballot. The area is bounded on the south by Orville Road, on the west by Eatherton Road, on the north by Wildhorse Creek Road and on the east by the Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley city limits.

Part of Wildhorse Creek Road already is in the city.

The issue may be settled in the courts if both the annexation proposal and the Wildwood incorporation plan are approved.

Almost 500 people live in the annexation area. Its assessed valuation is almost $25 million. Much of the land is vacant, but most is subject to residential development, according to the city's comprehensive plan.

City Administrator Michael Herring says it makes sense for the area to become part of Chesterfield, because part of both Wildhorse and Westland Acres subdivisions are already in the city. Three houses in Wildhorse straddle the city-county line, he added.

And the only way to get into either Wildhorse or the Highlands is through Chesterfield, he said.

"The point is, it will be easy for Chesterfield to expand its services to include these areas," Herring said.

If Chesterfield annexes the area, the city would provide police protection, planning, zoning, street maintenance, snow plowing and other city services starting next year.

Vicki Martino, a resident of the target area, favors Chesterfield because she opposes high-density development along Wild Horse Creek Road in the area that is now part of the city. …

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