Local landowners fight back after their land is annexed

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ADA, OK -- Nathan Dial is a landowner on the outskirts of Ada. Dial was planning on building a home and setting up a school bus repair shop on his property, and even had his land re-zoned as commercial, so that he could do so.

But just weeks afterward, the Ada City council annexed his land, and immediately changed the zoning back to agricultural.

According to the city council, the annexation will help the city's growth, but Dial believes his land was annexed for other reasons.

" The reason they've annexed us is to stop me from building this," said Dial. "This has been an ongoing fight with some big money people in Ada that have not wanted this to happen, and their last straw was to annex us into city limits, so that they could stop the progress of us building."

About 500 acres of land was annexed. Around 180 of that belonged to Dial and 9 other landowners.

The tract extends from Stonecipher Boulevard, south a quarter mile, and from Kerr Lab Road east to Country Road 3570.

Dial and the other landowners went to the city council meeting Monday night, asking to have their land de-annexed, but the council denied their request.

We spoke with Mayor Greg McCortney, who would not comment on the issue. Landowner Mike Williams says he wants a better explanation.

" I'm really discouraged and disappointed in our city," said Williams. "They've really not been truthful with us and they've really been close lipped on why we had to be annexed. I just want someone, anyone from the city to reach out to me individually and explain to me why this had to happen, why we had to be a part of this annexation."

Dial says by annexing his land, the city is shutting down a source of revenue before it even gets up and running.

"Out of all the landowners that got annexed, this is the only thing that will produce tax dollars," Dial said.

Dial and the landowners have filed a lawsuit and are planning to appear before a district judge, where they hope they can put an end to the dispute, but Dial says he's ready to go to the Oklahoma Supreme Court if he has to.

"We're 2 years invested in this, we've got 77 something thousand dollars spent on concrete and improvements to get this done, so as far as how far we're gonna take it? We're not gonna stop anytime soon," said Dial.

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