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Walker officials table discussion about de-annexation of land on I-12

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A map of the City of Walker with the area looking to be de-annexed highlighted in yellow. (Source: WAFB) A map of the City of Walker with the area looking to be de-annexed highlighted in yellow. (Source: WAFB)
The stretch of highway in question that is being discussed. (Source: WAFB) The stretch of highway in question that is being discussed. (Source: WAFB)
WALKER, LA (WAFB) -

The City of Walker tabled the decision on whether to de-annex some land 8,500 feet east of the city at a meeting Monday night. 

Mayor Rick Ramsey says the area in question, which extends from the middle of Colyell Bridge to the Satsuma exit ramps, was annexed into the city in 2000.

"It was suggested, and it's public record. The mayor of Livingston asked if we would consider it," Ramsey said.

Whatever the decision, it will affect the Satsuma incorporation.

A group of residents in Satsuma do not want to be included into a possible incorporation in the area, but would rather be annexed into the town of Livingston. In order for that to happen, Walker would have to de-annex the area.

Ramsey said either way, that incorporation effort will not affect the city's decision.

He said it is not in the best interests of Walker to maintain that stretch and that the area puts a drain on the city's resources. Currently, Walker police are responsible for patrolling the area.

"If we have a major accident on the interstate we may tie up 3, 4, 5 units at a time. A city as small as Walker, that takes away from our ability to patrol our own city," Ramsey said.

Ramsey said the Walker police chief says that places a burden on the department.

If the de-annexation happens, the mayor would like to concentrate on annexing commercial property that has peaked interest. Recently, he says, they took in an elementary school on the east side of 447 across from Our Lady of the Lake. It had never been in city limits, but Ramsey says he always felt it should be.

"South of 447 and the overpass is going to be an area that's going to develop because of the Our Lady of the Lake complex," Ramsey said. "That should be our focus, to bring areas into city limits and not extend resources to Satsuma."

No word on if the city leaders will revisit the matter.

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