Judge OK's 4 square mile annexation for Hernando

A chancery judge has approved the annexation of four square miles by the city of Hernando, a move that increases its size by 25 square miles but adds few people.

Chancellor Kay Cobb approved the annexation order on Tuesday, after brief comments from city officials and no opposition testimony. It is effective November 16th.

Hernando's Mayor Chip Johnson said it is Hernando's third uncontested annexation in three years. The annexation affects undeveloped, virtually unpopulated areas primarily to the west and northwest of Hernando.

A landowner in a previously annexed area, Jim Kimberlin, had questions about sewer service that officials addressed outside the hearing.

Johnson said fire and police protection and other services to annexed areas start on the effective date.