The council passed a resolution to annex the Logan campus of Southern through a minor boundary adjustment.
Mayor Serafino Nolletti said the project began in February when the college contacted the city about getting extra fire and police protection.
SWVCTC Administrator Randy Skeens said that with the growth of the college with the new Allied Health Sciences Building and other new programs the college believed that by coming into the city it would protect SWVCTC’s investments. Skeens said because of the nature of the proposed annexation, only the college itself will be affected.
The annexation will benefit both institutions, Nolletti said. The college will get extra fire and police protection and the city would receive more usiness and operation taxes.
Businesses and residents in the area would not be annexed, unless they came forward to request to be taken into the city, Nolletti said.
“I think this will be a great relationship,” Mayor Nolletti said, noting the city and the college have had a good working relationship for many years.
“Once the resolution is approved, it will go forward to the Logan County Commission to be addressed,” said City Attorney Kendall Partlow, who was not present at the meeting but was observing it via a conference phone call. “We are getting close.”
Skeens said the college wants to help the city while it was growing and said SWVCTC could possibly assist the city with grant applications.
“We are all part of the same team,” Skeens said.
Mayor Nolletti said the proposed annexation will be the first time the city had expanded in several years, since the Fountain Place Mall was built in the late 1990s and that he hoped to see the city grow and expand even more.