It takes a village to avoid annexation, or so hope Pierpont residents who filed a revised petition for incorporation with the county Friday.
The petitioners redrew the proposed village’s boundaries after Columbia city staff discovered in August that parts of the proposed village fell within two miles of city limits, violating state law. Residents of the small settlement, currently in unincorporated Boone County, fear that as Columbia’s boundaries creep southward, city officials may attempt to annex Pierpont.
City officials have no plans to pursue involuntary annexation, said Fifth Ward City Councilman John John.
The proposed village is located at Highway 163 and Route N. Of the 32 residents who fall within the proposed boundaries, 29 have signed the new petition, said proponent Justin John.
The Boone County Commission will hear a first reading of the petition at its regular meeting Tuesday. Commissioners will set a period of public comment, and the petition will be reviewed by the county’s attorney and surveyor before the commission hears a second reading and votes on approval.