Dan Pope Talks Annexation and Plans With South Plains College
Friday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope joined Dave and Matt to talk about Thursday night's city council meeting including topics like annexation, plans with South Plains College, and a bicycle sharing program.
The big topic of conversation was regarding the council's recent talk on annexing new areas into Lubbock. "It's certainly the most difficult policy decision," the mayor explained. He described the need to annex new areas as the city expands and the population grows. He did, however, admit that while some citizens are in support of these plans, that the vast majority are not. Pope said, "It's generally not easy or popular, however, I think in the long run we will look back at these efforts, like we do today at the efforts we've done in the past on these type of involuntaries, and say it was good public policy." These are the last that were recommended by the previous council, and once they are complete, Pope does not expect any more involuntary annexations to be made any time soon.
The mayor also talked about the plans for South Plains College to do work in the current city hall building after citizens tower is completed. The council signed an agreement last night to begin plans for this move, but the mayor stresses that they do not want to create a tax district.
Pope also spoke on the rumor of the city possibly getting a bicycle sharing program, where you can unlock a bike with an app on your smart phone, and drop it off at another location when you are done. Pope said that while it is a cool concept, they city does not have plans to implement such a program at this time.
Watch the full interview with Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope in the video above.