Sherman to grow housetops soon
By Leesha Faulkner
SHERMAN - Soon this town of about 1.9 square miles and 600 souls will multiply.
Officials here expect to file an annexation petition in the chancery courts of Lee, Ponotoc and Union counties to take in another 2 square miles and about 400 houses.
"This is voluntary annexation," said Mayor Ben Logan. "We wouldn't do this any other way."
Key to this annexation is some property that was de-annexed in the late 1930s, south and west of U.S. 78. Most of the property, 200-300 acres, is in Lee County.
For a couple of years now Sherman officials have worked to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. The water system is in good shape.
With the coming of Toyota Mississippi to nearby Blue Springs, property owners are looking for services in neighboring communities for residential and industrial. It seems natural they'd turn to Sherman, which now has the only wastewater treatment plant between Belden and Pontotoc.
"We're sitting a good position," Logan said.
The last time Sherman annexed an area was in 1997 when some people who lived in portions of all three counties that make up the town petitioned to come in. That annexation took a little while because the U.S. Department of Justice took its time approving the changes, the mayor said.