PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The Federal Court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Glendale Utility Association in its fight against being annexed by the city of Petal.
In that lawsuit, the association said that annexing the community would violate a federal statute. That statute deals with a loan the Glendale Utility Association is indebted to repay.
The decision paves way for Petal to move forward in their annexation plans.
"We want to work with them, we think that being a part of the city of Petal will benefit their area to where they will grow in usage, grow in revenue and it will be an increase for them so we're definitely not trying to take over their district," Petal Mayor Hal Marx said. "We're not trying to compete with them, and I think that's what the court in the federal case saw, is that we're no threat to their ability to repay their loans because we're not going to be taking any business from them, we're going to be increasing their business."
The next major step for the city will be a legal test in chancery court expected to take place sometime next summer.