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Planning commission recommends 1 annexation, rejects another

Patrick Reid of ForeSite Towers answers a commission question about his company’s changes to an existing cell phone tower at this week’s City of Cullman Planning Commission meeting. / W.C. Mann

CULLMAN - The City of Cullman Planning Commission had a quiet meeting this week, the only excitement a short lesson on the prerequisites for property annexation.

The commission first approved a request from ForeSite Towers to remove three old antennas and replace them with three new ones on a cell phone tower located at 1910 Second Ave. SW.

The commission approved a request for the annexation of 2 acres located at 1405 County Road 1466.  The property contacts current city property, so the commission sent a favorable recommendation to the Cullman City Council.

The next annexation request, for property at the intersection of County Roads 703 and 706, led to a discussion on what qualifies for annexation.  The property owner, John Montgomery, argued that the easement over a city water line running under part of his property should be treated as city property in contact with his.  Planning and Zoning Director Rick Fulmer explained that easements are access agreements similar to rentals and not a type of property.  He said that one of two prerequisites must be met to qualify for annexation: physical contact with existing city property, or an act of the state legislature.  The commission voted to send an unfavorable recommendation on the request to the Cullman City Council.

The City of Cullman Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in Cullman City Hall auditorium.  The public is invited to attend.

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