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Lacey’s Spring debate not about building fence

"They ought to put a fence up over here on the riverbank and Huntsville can't come across. They need to be like Mexico. They don't need to come over. No, I don't like it. I don't want Huntsville, and I don't want to incorporate. I don't want none of it. I wished they'd leave us alone, go away. I'd rather have that big fence down there and tell Huntsville, 'You can't come across.' "

— Resident Walter Youngblood, 63, on annexation of Lacey's Spring

Dr. John Wisda abandoned his effort to get 400 acres he owns in Lacey's Spring annexed into Huntsville last week. Based on fierce opposition and the questionable way Huntsville would have to cross the Tennessee River to his property, he told a packed Morgan County Commission meeting room he's withdrawing his request.

More than fence-building was on the mind of resident Herbert Fields, 66, during the lead up to the courthouse meeting as he expressed wisdom that comes with having been around for a while and knowing the lay of the land.

"We said in 2000 that there might come a time when we have to incorporate. That time might have come. From my personal standpoint, it should happen when we know that Huntsville's definitely going to come over and take over anyway."

Having Huntsville annex into Morgan County isn't a bad thing. Neither is Lacey's Spring residents accepting that their laid-back life belongs in another era.

No one knows when Huntsville might see another opportunity to leap the river. Lacey's Spring residents should accept the inevitable or begin now to incorporate and accept that doing so will bring much needed change.

Progress is a powerful locomotive once it gets rolling. The debate in Lacey's Spring shouldn't be about building a fence to keep Huntsville out, but about whether annexation or incorporation is best for the area's future.

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