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City looking to annex road in London

Posted at 9:01 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 22:01:52-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Conversations are being held about annexing a County Road in the London neighborhood.

City council members and county commissions are talking about the annexation of County Road 33, which sits adjacent to Farm-to-Market 43, and is right next to London Elementary School.

Council member Gil Hernandez said he's having conversations with County Commissioner Brent Chesney and the London school district to annex County Road 33.

People who drive on the road say it's not well-paved, and it's narrow. Plus traffic on the road gets busy especially when parents pick up their children from school in the afternoon.

A new elementary school is being built on the road, which has many who use it, wanting improvements made.

Plus, with new developments that will soon be built, more people will be using County Road 33 to get to and from their homes.

City leaders, like Councilman Hernandez, say annexation could help solve some of those problems.

Under city ownership, drivers could see improvements like a widened road with a turning lane, and better emergency services for the school district and nearby homes.

"It doesn't have fire protection," said Hernandez. "We have an inner-local agreement with the County but they don't call us first... But if they're annexed into the city, they would get fire protection.

"It's an opportunity for us all to come together; all three entities to make County Road 33 more viable than what it is now," said Hernandez.

Commissioner Chesney says the county is on board with the annexation. However no formal agreements have been made at this time.

On Tuesday, Corpus Christi City Council gave preliminary approval to an annexation of property along FM 43, setting the stage for construction of a new subdivision.