A meeting hosted by the state Municipal Boundary Commission this week could decide whether to fill in the checkerboard of Edgewood’s borders.
In a process now dating back several years, this will be the second attempt by Edgewood to get its infill annexation request approved. The last attempt was turned down in 2009, setting up a years-long appeal process which the town eventually lost.
The Boundary Commission said in 2009 that Edgewood should do long-term planning for government services like water and wastewater systems and road maintenance, and suggested trying to get landowners to come into the town voluntarily.
The commission considered whether the land to be annexed was contiguous and whether the town could provide services in a reasonable time. The denial hinged on services.
In 2010, the state’s response to Edgewood’s appeal in district court characterized the town as “a territory-hungry municipality” and said the town didn’t prove it could provide services.
The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. April 21 at the Edgewood Community Center. To learn more, contact the town at 505-286-4518.
The Thursday meeting is a public hearing; one man contacted The Independent last week to complain that the meeting is being held during working hours when many people can’t attend.
Brad Hill, formerly mayor of Edgewood, told The Independent late last year that he believed Edgewood has now “met all the statutory requirements under the Boundary Commission,” adding, “I’m confident this should move forward appropriately and be accepted.”
Part of the issue is that services ranging from road maintenance to animal control and emergency services have a difficult time sorting out whose jurisdiction is whose.
A benefit to residents, Councilor Chuck Ring said last year, is the ability to vote in municipal elections. A benefit to the town is tax revenue, he said.