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The Ellis County Press

                PALMER – Three cities and an anti-annexation group shook hands last week in a “historic” compromise that stipulates future growth patterns.

    Red Oak, which had tried several times to extend its city limits to Interstate Highway 45, will not encroach past Palmyra Road between Ferris and Palmer.

     “All of the communities and property owners involved have a vital interest in the quality of the future development of the area,” said Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley. “It only makes sense that we should be working cooperatively to see it grow into its best and most prosperous future.”

      Elizabeth Penny, president of Palmer’s Community Action Group, signed the agreement along with members Dorothy Adams, Helen Prude and Ken and Bettye Burns.

      City officials from Ferris were also on hand: Councilmen Billy Don Dunn and Bill Pardue both said the agreement was a work in partnership.

      PCAG, which fought Red Oak’s attempts with a legal suit, was praised for their efforts.

      “The city staff is glad to have this chapter in the history of Palmer completed,” said Palmer City Administrator Doug Young. “The hard work of Elizabeth Penny and many others is appreciated.”


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