Land annexation plan to be on November ballot

Brookland Annexation Update
Mayor Kenneth Jones (Source: KAIT-TV)
Mayor Kenneth Jones (Source: KAIT-TV)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - An old idea is gaining some new steam as one area mayor talks about a change the city is hoping will continue its growth.

Brookland has seen major population growth over the past few years and now they're looking to grow in size to keep up.

Annexing land into the city of Brookland is something city officials have been looking at for a while.

Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones said it was met with some opposition from citizens in the past, so the idea had lost momentum.

But now, new city limit maps are drawn up and the proposal will be on the ballot in just a few short months.

"If we want some of the restaurants we want to have and if we want some of the other businesses to locate here, you've got to have the people here to support that 24/7, 365 days a year," Jones said. "And that's how you do that, you grow your city and that's what we're trying to do is look out for our future. We want Brookland to be here for our kids, for our grandkids and great-grandchildren."

Jones said he hopes citizens see the vision for Brookland's growing future like city officials do.

The new city limits expand to the north and south of the city. And Jones said he's already had new business interests in some of the proposed land.

Residents will be able to vote on the annexation plan this November.

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