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Annexation protest not expected in Vidalia

VIDALIA — Vidalia city officials don’t expect a lot of opposition to their plans to incorporate 19 acres into the city.

The area in question is a portion of both the land the new Vidalia municipal complex will be located on and the land the Concordia Recreation District No. 3 plans to develop into a new recreation complex, Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said.

“The front portion of that land we brought in to the city a good while ago when all of the businesses started to move into the area,” he said. “These 19 acres just haven’t been incorporated.”

To incorporate the new property, the city will have to communicate their plans with the U.S. Justice Department and satisfy any demands it may have.

“We have to send them the maps, and we have already done that, and we have to state how many people live on (that land),” Copeland said.

The 19 acres in question have no residents, Copeland said.

After the incorporation is given approval from the Justice Department, the city will have to have a public hearing about the incorporation.

Copeland said the hearing is planned for next month.

The city and recreation district land borders the area in question, and Copeland said the process normally involves input from the adjacent landowners.

Copeland said he doesn’t expect any opposition, however.

“We are the adjacent land owners, so that won’t be a problem,” he said.