Weeks after annexing 459.6 acres on the city’s west side, Sherman is moving forward with plans to add an additional 20 acres on the same side of town at the request of the property owners.

The Sherman City Council unanimously approved an annexation scheduling plan for an approximately 20-acre addition to Kings Ridge on Norwood Street, which is south of U.S. Highway 82 and west of FM 1417.

“They called us and asked us for annexation, so we provided them with the format and the petition and all of that,” City Manager Robby Hefton said. “So this was their request.”

The petition for annexation shows the 20 lots, ranging from 1 to 1.6 acres, are all owned by Robert J. Tate and Tate Construction Inc.

“Everybody just wants to be part of Sherman,” council member Kevin Couch said, which prompted Hefton to ask who wouldn’t want to be part of the city.

During a special called meeting on May 22, the council approved the annexation of 459.6 acres of land, including Preston Club Estates, into the city. In a document provided to the council, city staff noted 78 percent of the property owners for the 331 individual tracts of land in the area signed the petition requesting the annexation. City staff previously said the annexation request was spurred by homeowners’ need for assistance with their water and sewer system.

Under the new annexation schedule approved by the council for the property on Norwood Street, the first public hearing of the city’s intent to annex and the service plan for the area will be during the council’s July 17 meeting. Then the second public hearing will be held during a special called meeting on July 31.

City Attorney Brandon Shelby said choosing the dates for the hearings “got a little tricky” because July has five Mondays and the council ultimately decided to cancel its July 3 meeting because of the city’s celebration of Independence Day on that date. State law requires the two public hearings be held between 20 days and 40 days before the introduction of the annexation ordinance.

“We had to have another meeting in order to have the second public hearing and get the final approval of the ordinance on the 21st of August, which is a regular council meeting,” Shelby said.

After the two public hearings on the city’s intent to annex are held, the council will hold a final public hearing on the annexation ordinance and consider it for adoption on Aug. 21. Hefton said the council’s July 31 meeting will likely only include the public hearing.

“We will have to have a special called meeting on Monday, July 31, which will most likely be a noon lunch meeting that likely won’t last very long,” Hefton said.