Growing the city limits is always on Thomson's agenda. City Administrator Bob Flanders said bringing people and property under Thomson's banner is mutually beneficial to the city and the citizens.
That is why city leaders are making plans in the coming months to discuss a possible major annexation push. Areas to be discussed for inclusion in the city limits are new subdivisions and properties on the edge of town where the owners have requested the move.
"What I was trying to do was say 'Hey, let's just take all of our requests that we've got. Let's see who else we can put with those people in those areas where they've made those requests, and try to make some kind of major annexation effort out of it,'" Mr. Flanders said.
He added that the subdivisions on the north side of town sparked the call for a city council study of expanding the city limits.
"There's always an interest in annexation," Mr. Flanders said. "é─ÂThis is an opportunity to work in cooperation with that developer to bring in several lots at once."
Now in his second stint as city administrator, Mr. Flanders said annexation has been on the back burner since his return.
"Ever since I got here, we've been talking about making an effort to do a lot of annexation," he said. "I've done a little bit along and along. But we're just trying to rev up the council members and get them involved in the process and do some on a much larger scale than we've done to date."
The benefits for residents being inside the city limits are added services, Mr. Flanders said. Those include quicker response time on police calls, a lower classification for fire service insurance payments, lower garbage pickup rate and free curbside pickup for yard trimmings.
Along with the added tax dollars, the city benefits by growth. Annexation is also an indicator of the health of the city, Mr. Flanders added.
City council members will discuss the annexation effort at a work session in January.