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City moves on Richwood Road annexation

Detroit Lakes is about to grow by a fairly large portion. About 222 acres worth.

Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved a notice of intent to Detroit Township for annexing 222.04 acres around the Richwood Road area.

The annexation area follows Richwood Road to North Tower Road, down and around Mud Lake.

The city has received a petition signed by 54.5 percent of landowners in the area asking to be annexed.

There are 22 landowners in the area, with 12 of them coming on board for the annexation. The city can initiate annexation with 20 percent of the property owners' signatures or by the majority of the landowners in the area, if the unplatted area does not exceed 200 acres.

Of the 222.04 acres, 22.95 acres are platted, and 199.09 are unplatted.

Since the city has filed the notice of intent, the township now has 90 days to file an objection. With no objections, the city will hold a public meeting and pass an ordinance and pass the annexation. If complaints are filed, a contested case annexation will go to the Municipal Boundary Adjustments board.

The city has been working for quite some time to have the property annexed as a way of getting to the former Ray J. Anderson property, located along Highway 34 North. The land is jointly owned with Becker County.

The annexation will bring the city boundary adjacent to the property, allowing the city to annex the land.

Besides the 222.04 acres the city plans to annex, Bob Bristlin and Casey Bristlin petitioned for annexation of a 49.81-acre piece of land on the north side of North Tower Road. The property will be annexed by ordinance with 100 percent of the property owners' petition.

Also at the council meeting:

n The council approved the second reading and adoption of an ordinance rezoning the Highway 10 Redevelopment Area from light industrial, general business and auto oriented to central business.

n The council approved the second reading and adoption of an ordinance banning billboards along the Lake Country Scenic Byway.

n The city received a $325 donation from the Hildred Long Trust to be used for city beautification projects.

n The council approved placement of two yield signs along Linden Lane, one at each end of the street.