The town of White Hall could be getting a little bit bigger. The city has applied to Marion County for permission to annex a street with eleven houses on it. This was brought up in the county commission meeting Wednesday, but it's been in the works for quite some time.
A few people who live just outside the city limits on Nichols Drive have been wanting to be formally recognized as part of White Hall for almost a year now.
Residents want police protection, sidewalk maintenance, and as one resident said "the feeling of being part of a community" even if it means slightly higher taxes. Some of the residents 5 News spoke with said that a lot of the people who live on that street are retired, which makes it harder to do things like remove snow and fix road problems.
Of all the residents that live on the street, apparently only one is opposed to the idea of annexation.
Bob Flowers, a resident of Nichols Drive said, "Well, I'm in favor of it. I think it would be a good addition to White Hall. We'd have to gather money every time something needed fixed, and the roads needed paved and things like that. So, at least this way, everybody will be chipping in. So, there's no downside, other than whatever taxes will be added on."
One resident told 5 News that one house burned to the ground a few years ago because there wasn't a nearby fire hydrant. If they become part of the city, they hope things like that will change.
Marion County Commissioner Butch Tennant told 5 News; "There was one gentlemen here raising his hand, opposing the moving into the city of White Hall. So, we'll have to set a hearing for March 13, and hear both sides, and then the County Commission will make a decision."
He also said that residents will be able to voice their opinions at the upcoming meeting. The decision will be based on majority rule.
Residents should find out if Nichols Drive will become a part of White Hall by March 20.