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Ranson City Council OKs 123-acre annexation

June 20, 2002

RANSON, W.Va. - The Ranson City Council has voted to annex a 123-acre farm, bringing the number of acres added to the 450-acre city this month to 1,835.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to annex the Wysong Farm property, one of six annexation parcels presented at a special city council meeting last month.

Three of those parcels were annexed June 10. They include the 1,062-acre Elmwood, Wysong Home Place, Dolley Varden, Woodlawn Bush and Mount Pleasant Farm parcel; the 555-acre John C. Burns Heirs Farm; and the 95-acre Boyd Farm.

The 215-acre Thelma Lloyd Farm is awaiting other properties to join in its annexation petition, Ranson City Manager David Mills said.

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The sixth annexation parcel, known as the Blackford Farm Et. Al., was rejected because it is too far north of city limits.

Mills has said that annexation is key to managing future growth in Ranson, which has a population of about 3,500 people.

The annexed properties are each owned by multiple individuals, mostly family members, Mills said.

Although much of the land is zoned for commercial and residential development, it can sometimes be difficult to develop commercial and residential projects in the county because of protections for rural areas, said Mills.

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