No decision in annexation debate

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - As the city of D'Iberville continues to expand, its fight over annexation with the city of Biloxi is far from over.

Monday, city leaders in D'Iberville met to discuss a possible compromise over the 12 square miles of land than continues to fuel the fire between the two cities.

"We know where the middle ground is and we know where we can find it. It is just a matter of whether the Biloxi officials are acceptable of that," said City Manager Richard Rose.

Annexation of the land could mean major growth for both cities, just one reason why the city of Biloxi reached out to offer a compromise. But city leaders in D'Iberville are saying, 'no thanks.'

"We appreciate that offer, but it's just not meeting with the long term objectives with the city," said Rose.

City Manager Richard Rose won't give the specifics of Biloxi's offer, but he did say that it's not an equitable solution for both cities. D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave agrees.

"Right now, Biloxi is intruding with Wells Ferry and with this, they would be intruding without potential growth pattern," said Mayor Quave.

Mayor Quave says the 2003 annexation decision stifled growth in the Wells Ferry area. But now that the city of D'Iberville has the will and the revenue, the mayor says they are prepared to win this annexation battle.

"Our main goal is to go out to the new high school. It's named D'Iberville High School. We want to keep it in our city and we think the land in between our city and our high school should come into our high school. And in talking to the land owners out there, they are in favor of that land staying with the city of D'Iberville," said Mayor Quave.

As for Biloxi city leaders, they are aren't giving up either. However, Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway says it's time for the city of D'Iberville to make the next move.

Both cities want to reach an agreement before the January court date. They say settling out of court would save taxpayer money.