Two Towns Fight For Land

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It's a disagreement between two Eastern Kentucky towns that could end up in court.

Pikeville city commissioners say Coal Run commissioners didn't follow annexation laws, now they're planning to sue to get a tract of land back between the two towns.

Pikeville commissioners want the road so they can extend their city limits to the Pikeville Airport and develop it.
Coal Run commissioners voted to annex Cowpen Road in July for their use.
Pikeville attorneys say Coal Run commissioners didn't follow the law because they voted before the required 60 days after announcing their intent to annex the road.

"Blocks the city of Pikeville's intent to provide services for that area," says Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn. "Then it does not put that area contiguous or touching the boundaries."

Right now the city of Coal Run feels that it was done accurately and it was done correctly," says Coal Run City Attorney Michael deBourbon.

The Pikeville city attorney hasn't filed the lawsuit yet. The coal run attorney says the courts could decide who gets the land.

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