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Businesses eye acres annexed by Falkville?

FALKVILLE — Falkville Mayor Jimmie Walker said some businesses have shown an interest in buying the 15 acres the town annexed Tuesday night. He would not disclose which businesses, but said the two tracts would be "ideal locations for a motel or restaurant."

Walker said he wants residents who live on Douglas Road to allow the town to annex their property.

"Our goal is to annex all the way from East Pike Road (Morgan County 55 East) to Piney Grove Road," Walker said. "This property would be part of the I-65 corridor for development."

Walker said it would be to the advantage of property owners who live between Douglas Road and I-65 — which he labeled "prime property" — to annex and get assistance from the town with utilities for future development, should they "decide to sell to a business."

A couple who live here in a doublewide mobile home at 122 Douglas Road said they annexed their one-acre residence into Falkville for better services and to become more involved in the community.

The Falkville Town Council annexed Don and Donna Collum's one acre, along with neighbors Harold and Gloria Singleton's 14 acres at 50 Douglas Road. Neither the Collums nor Singletons attended the meeting, and the Singletons were not available for comment Wednesday.

"We think annexation will make it better in every way for us," Collum said. "Now, maybe somebody will do something to get this mess behind our houses cleaned up."

Collum said a contractor put in a natural gas line a few years ago and "they left their stock pile of gravel and old cross ties there. It's a horrible eyesore. And now, being in the town, we can get our limbs and debris picked up on clean-up days that the town has. We already have water and sewer and (household) garbage pickup."

Collum said her husband grew up on East Pike Road and that they "loved living here. We've been wanting to come into Falkville and get more involved in the community."

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