City discusses annexing property including I-27 recycling plant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/09

City discusses annexing property including I-27 recycling plant

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City limit boundaries may be expanding soon. During Thursday's work session, the city council discussed plans to annex two different portions of land north and southwest of current city lines. The council says part of the reason is the projected growth within the city.

There was a public hearing to discuss annexing a small portion of land near 66th and Upland and the council took the idea of annexation into their work session. One piece of land they are looking at includes a portion of land west of I-27 where what some call an eye sore sits.

It burned for days in August and it wasn't the first time. "The so called recycling plant, I prefer to refer to it as an outlawed dump that catches on fire frequently," says Mayor Tom Martin about the recycling plant that sits on the edge of I-27. While the flames continued to burn in Lubbock, a judge in Austin issued a permanent injunction against recycling plant owner Larry Webb and fined him $162,000.

Mayor Tom Martin says the blaze is a burden. "We had to shut down the airport and parts of I-27 because of the burning shingles," says Martin. So why does the city want to annex property along the interstate that includes the plant? "If it's inside the city the city has extensive code enforcement authority and it can prevent that from becoming another illegal dump," says Mayor Martin.

NewsChannel 11 could not get a hold of Webb for his thoughts on the city discussing annexing his property. City staffers say it will likely be November before there is a public hearing about the annexation. It could take some time anywhere from 90 to 180 days depending on paperwork before anything is final.

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