The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 18, 2014

City of Alva annexes 500 acres

By Jessica Miller, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ALVA, Okla. — Alva nearly doubled in size Monday night when the City Council voted to annex more than 500 acres into the city, according to Mayor Arden Chaffee.

The council annexed the property east of Alva to put in a sewer line to a new Atwoods store, and to eventually put in new roads in the industrial park.

Chaffee said there currently are roads in the fully-occupied industrial park, but the city eventually will need to pave them. He said the paving will be an $875,000 project, funded through general sales taxes.

“We need to generate some sales tax revenue out there,” he said.

The sewer line to the new Atwoods was half completed a week ago.

“We hope we’ll be nearing completion by the end of this week and then Atwoods can open,” Chaffee said.

On Tuesday, Atwoods officials could not confirm the store’s opening date.

Chaffee said city officials also feel there’s opportunity for retail development on both sides of U.S. 64.

As part of the City Council’s action Monday, an emergency was declared so the action could take effect Tuesday, Chaffee explained.