The Lee Town Council met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., at Kinsey Hall. The agenda only had two items for discussion: a resolution from the Department of Transportation for maintenance of the traffic signal and school zone beacons and a letter received from Don Webb regarding the expansion of the town limits through annexation. The council had previously stated that they did not want to be responsible for the maintenance of the traffic signal and school zone beacons. Town Manager John Anderson stated that he was unable to get the town out of the responsibility in time and they are obligated for one more year but the payment the town receives for maintaining will be doubled. The resolution was passed unanimously. Anderson had received emails from Don Webb regarding the annexation of property along County Road 255 up to the Interstate 10 overpass. Anderson stated that the Town of Lee could not annex property without the consent of the property owners.
After that, Webb sent a Letter to the Editor to the Madison Enterprise-Recorder that was published June 12. In the letter, he stated the ‘tax potentials around the I-10 and SR 255 intersection are greater and slipping through the town’s fingers.” “We don’t need to annex anybody that does not want to be annexed,” said Anderson. The consensus of the council was to contact Webb and tell him they reviewed his letter and feel that they should not move forward but appreciate his concerns and interest in Lee. Anderson informed the council that the Family Dollar project is still active but has been delayed. The original opening date was July 2015. He also informed them that Janet Moses has reached out to the Town of Lee to see if they would be interested in purchasing a barn quilt. A TRIM budget meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. The next Lee Town Council meeting will be August 4 at 7 p.m., at Kinsey Hall.