By Erik Harris, sports editor
ARGO — The Argo City Council has passed a motion to de-annex a property at 8761 Will Keith Road out of the city of Argo and into the Shady Oaks subdivision in Trussville.
The property owner, Larry Bailey, says his request to be de-annexed out of Argo is based solely on property value, as he and his wife attempt to sell the house they’ve lived in since 1987.
“I’m requesting now to be de-annexed out of Argo so that I can join Trussville, because it’s going to make a big difference in what the value of my house is going to be as far as the school district,” said Bailey.
He says although the properties surrounding his are zoned to Springville and Trussville schools, his is zoned for Clay-Chalkville.
“The children who’s family buys my house, as it sits right now, will have to go to Clay-Chalkville schools, while all the kids around them will either go to Springville or Trussville,” said Bailey. “So the kids they play with during the day are not going to go to school with them and that’s going to make it really difficult to sell (the house) to a couple that has school-age children.”
The Argo council eventually passed the de-annexation with a vote of 3-2. Mayor Betty Bradley and councilmember Ann Brown voted no while councilmembers Dennis Griffin, Dusty Stinson and Danny McCarley voted yes.
In other business, the council also:
- announced the December meetings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
- named councilmember Michael Hicks its safety coordinator
- approved the purchase of two vehicles for the Argo Police Department for a cost of $85,190
- tabled a discussion on whether or not to allow the annual Christmas parade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.