Duluth and Midway Officials Consider Orderly Annexation Agreement

By KBJR News 1

Duluth and Midway Officials Consider Orderly Annexation Agreement

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Midway Town Board is considering an Orderly Annexation Agreement with the City of Duluth as an option to take over the entire township.

Mayor Don Ness has announced that the City of Duluth will move forward with consideration of an agreement.

The City of Duluth owns nearly two thousand acres of land in Midway.

City of Duluth officials have an interest in the property for land use and future development because all the land is near Highway 35, providing a corridor to the city of Duluth.

Midway Township has initiated a conversation with the City of Duluth to consider adoption of a Joint Resolution authorizing an Orderly Annexation Agreement for the possible future annexation of Midway Township by the City of Duluth.

According to Midway Township officials, they want an agreement with Duluth that would prohibit development defined as urban or suburban.

The officials say that no other annexation action could be undertaken by Duluth, Proctor, or Hermantown while the agreement is in force.

"By setting up an Orderly Annexation, we can set a framework and put an agreement in place that protects the City of Duluth's interest, especially on the far southern end of the township. As well as protect the interests of the residents of the township who primarily live on the northern end of the township rather than becoming residents of Proctor," Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth, said.

Ness says under the proposed agreement Midway will retain it's rural characteristics.

Earlier this month, the City of Proctor served a notice on Midway of its intent to annex the township and this comes after two previous attempts.

The Midway Town Board of Supervisors say MIdway Township will consider the adoption of the joint resolution on January 10th at 7:00 P.M. at the MIdway Town Hall.

The City of Duluth will consider the Joint Resolution adoption on January 10th at 5:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com

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