Sherman recently expanded its border with the annexation of nearly 20 acres.

The Sherman City Council unanimously approved the annexation of 20 lots on 19.379 acres of land in Kings Ridge on Norwood Street, which is south of U.S. Highway 82 and west of FM 1417. The approval came following a public hearing during which no one from the public came forward to speak.

“This is the public hearing for the ordinance itself that would finalize the annexation,” City Manager Robby Hefton said. “We’ve had two public hearings on the annexation itself held on July 17 and July 31, so this is the last action that would be needed to effect the annexation. It will become effective immediately upon council approval.”

During the second public hearing on the annexation last month, Hefton explained the property owner requested annexation to gain access to city utilities and facilities. The city manager also pointed out the land annexed is adjacent to the Carriage Estates area that was annexed into the city last year.

The petition for annexation shows the 20 lots, which range from 1 to 1.6 acres, are all owned by Robert J. Tate and Tate Construction Inc. As Tate signed the annexation petition, city staff noted — in a document prepared for the council — that Sherman has received a petition for 100 percent of the properties to be annexed.

Hefton said the city has more authority to regulate and work with developers when properties are within the city limits than when they aren’t.

The last annexation comes three months after the council approved the annexation of 459.6 acres of land, including Preston Club Estates, into the city. City staff said the annexation request was spurred by homeowners’ need for assistance with their water and sewer system.