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Madison mayor touts growth, fending off deannexation try

MADISON (AP) — Madison’s mayor claims the city’s success in defeating legislation that would have deannexed a valuable commercial tract is further proof that it’s no “small backwater town.”

Mayor Sandy Kirkindall said the deannexation fight topped his list of the city’s recent accomplishments.

He said the city’s population is now estimated at 39,500, up from 29,329 in 2000, which would make Madison the state’s 10th-largest city, just ahead of nearby Florence.

About 50 residents heard the mayor’s comments Thursday during his State of the City address.

The deannexation fight was over proposed legislation to take 263 acres off Zierdt Road, south of Interstate 565, out of the city.

The property is owned by developer Louis Breland, who has been in negotiations with Madison officials and a mall developer interested in the site for a $500 million project.

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