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Ferris to annex land Red Oak claims is its ETJ

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FERRIS - Two neighboring cities are in a tug of war regarding 260.624 acres of land sandwiched between Stainback Road and Farm to Market Road Road 664.

The City of Ferris began proceedings last month to official annex the land, which City Manager Gus Pappas said has been in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction for more than 15 years. 'Red Oak says we can't annex it because it's in their ETJ,' Pappas said.

Red Oak City Manager Ken Pfeifer said he couldn't comment on the issue much because both cities attorneys were handling the issue.

'It did really surprise us that Ferris would encroach on our ETJ,' Pfeifer said.

Cities can annex property located in their extraterritorial jurisdiction, but just how far a city's ETJ extends depends on a city's population.

Shortly after the turn of the century, Red Oak began working to expand their city limits reaching further east into Ferris and Palmer.

This led many to request voluntary annexation into Ferris when Jimmie Bird-well served as mayor.

Ferris and Palmer sued Red Oak for annexing land located in Ferris and Palmer's ETJ.

Donald and Charlotte Deinhart own the disputed property. Pappas said after the Deinharts requested voluntary annexation into the City of Ferris' ETJ, city officials began taking the necessary steps required to acquire the land.

Last month members of Ferris' planning and zoning board approved recommending the city council should approve the annexation. Ferris officials scheduled two public hearings, Jan. 16 and Feb. 5, as required by law allowing citizens to give their opinions regarding the annexation.

'We are going to go ahead and annex it,' Pappas said. After the annexation was complete Ferris ETJ would be extended half a mile closer to the City of Red Oak's eastern border.

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