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Ferris goes against Red Oak request to hold annexation

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FERRIS - The Ferris City Council went against a request made by attorney Fredrick 'Fritz' Quast, representing the City of Red Oak, to hold a discussion about Ferris' proposed annexation before anything was done on it.

Quast, from the law firm of Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla and Elam, spoke to the council at the Monday, Feb. 5 meeting about getting together to work out something on the voluntary annexation of 260 acres of land just west of the Ferris city limits.

He said he was not at the meeting to threaten a lawsuit or start a fight, but just to explain Red Oak's position.

Quast was clear in his presentation to the council that Red Oak's intentions were not to infringe on anything Ferris was attempting to do, but at least part of the property in question was in Red Oak's Extra Territorial Jurisdiction, which would prevent the City of Ferris from annexing it. Against Quast's request, the council unanimously voted to annex the property.

According to Mayor Jim Parks Jr, this would not mean it would go to litigation immediately and this was confirmed by Quast, even though he said it would present a problem.

'Since this ordinance was approved by the council, that piece of property is now annexed into the Ferris city limits,' said Parks.

Quast said, 'We will have to go to court if it does infringe on the City of Red Oak's ETJ and if this annexation needs to be voided.' Ferris City Manager Gus Pappas said during the meeting, 'They (Red Oak) have laid an ugly precedence.'

'We don't want Red Oak to gobble everything up,' said Councilman Billy Don Dunn.

Other issues before the council was the first public hearing on another voluntary annexation of two tracts of property owned by the city in Dallas County and the approval of a voluntary annexation petition of 409 acres and 12 acres, currently being developed as the Liberty at Bear Creek Subdivision.

There was also an approval of an expenditure not greater than $5,000 for improvements to the soccer fields, even though it was not determined if it was too late to begin those improvements.

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