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Charleston Industrial Park Annexation

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An issue over water is keeping the City of Monroe from growing, at least temporarily.

Tuesday night, the city council tabled a request to annex the Charleston Industrial Park into the city limits.

The owner wants water service quickly to continue construction, but city leaders want more information before agreeing to the request.

Bull dozers are busy moving dirt and construction workers are getting ready to start building the Southeastern Freight Lines building.

The question remains, will the business be in the City of Monroe or Ouachita Parish?

Gretchen Ezernack, district two representative, says "the city attorney had been working with him to prepare all of the paperwork for the annexation as well as trying to help them get this water line installed in the quickest amount of time possible."

Charleston Industrial Park owner, Kenny Anderson, wants to move the business into the city; but at last night's council meeting with a 3 to 2 vote they tabled the request.

Eddie Clark, district five representative, says "I voted to table the issue because we did not have all the information we needed to make a intelligent and informed decision based on the fact we were just given certain information."

The city has been working with Anderson to provide water to the construction site by the first of February.

Ezernack says, "the person they had been talking with got a very serious illness and had been away from the office for several months."

For that reason the information was given to the council members only a few days before the vote, but both sides agree this is a great thing for the city.

Ezernack says, "the amount of land that is there creates large industrial project which creates additional jobs which in turn obviously brings more income into the city, then you have the property taxes."

Clark says, "this would be a good project to annex into the city so I do believe that it will pass."

Clark wants to stress there is no threat of the parish losing any jobs or economic development at all.

City council members say they hope to have a decision by the end of this week.

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