Welcome to Gluckstadt. Once the home of German dairy farmers, Gluckstadt has become one of the most sought after areas in Madison County to live. If you are looking for a new home or a place to locate your business, Gluckstadt welcomes you to the community. Gluckstadt is located 17 miles north of Jackson,Mississippi, at Exit 112, on Interstate 55.

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Trial Rescheduled

The case for the incorporation of Gluckstadt continues, as the trial date was pushed from August to the first week of February 2019.

Jerry Mills, attorney for the incorporation of Gluckstadt, said the trial date was moved due to petitions for an appeal filed by objectors.

According to Mills, Mac Haik and the City of Canton have filed petitions to the Mississippi Supreme Court for an interlocutory appeal.

The appeal could reverse Chancery Judge James Walker’s March 29 judgement that Gluckstadt had the correct number of signatures from qualified electors in the proposed area.

The Mississippi Supreme Court will rule on the issue of signatures on the petition for incorporation.

Gluckstadt is required to have signatures from two-thirds of the qualified electors. Appeal petitions claim that the signatures were gathered from an incomplete voter roll.

“The problem is that the voter rolls are the most viable record, but people move and people die,” Mills said, which is why objectors have filed petitions to appeal. “In addition, there’s been a substantial change in state law in how voter rolls are kept and that creates some new problems. The problem comes in that everybody that’s registered may not still reside in the area.”

Mills said the trial court ruled that the petition for incorporation has enough valid signatures, but the objectors contend that is wrong.

“Meanwhile, because of the pending appeal, the trial date has changed from August to the first week of February,” Mills said.

Mills believes there are two possibilities for the outcome with the Supreme Court. It can deny or issue a stay because of the time involved.

The petition for incorporation was originally filed on Feb. 1, 2017. When the incorporation papers were filed, more than 73 percent of registered voters in the proposed city of Gluckstadt signed in support of the plan.

Mississippi state law requires that 66 percent of registered voters in the area sign.

If Gluckstadt is incorporated, Walter Morrison will serve as mayor, and aldermen will include Miya Bates, Krisstel Hunt, Jayce Powell, Stephen Snell and Lisa Williams. Chris Watson serves as City Planner.

The proposed city limits will include several Madison County subdivisions, such as Ridgefield, Arrington, Red Oak, Bear Creek, Wildwood, Germantown, Panther Creek, and Bradshaw Ridge.

The area takes in approximately 11.1 square miles.

SOURCE: Northside Sun / 7.4.18 / NEWS BRIEFS

NOTE: The article does not include a current list. The neighborhoods in the proposed boundaries are: Bear Creek Crossing, Bradshaw Ridge, Panther Creek, Germantown, Dixon Pass, Stone Creek, First Colony, Ridgefield, Arrington and Red Oak.
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