This past September, against the will of the people and business owners of Pendorff, Judge James Bell ruled that the City of Laurel may annex the Pendorff community. The members of the Pendorff Community Association believe this decision to not be in the best interest of the citizens and business owners of Pendorff. Also, not of benefit to the citizens of Laurel because of the tens of millions of dollars that they will have to spend over 5 years to provide sewer, water, police, fire, and other city services.
On Monday November 19th Christopher Howdeshell, Esq., representing the Pendorff Community Association, at a hearing in Laurel requested of Judge Bell that this decision be appealed to the Mississippi State supreme court. This ability has been granted. Further, he requested that a stay be given which will prevent Laurel from proceeding with the annexation until the supreme court has ruled on this appeal. The stay also was granted. Thus, for now, the citizens of Pendorff will remain free from annexation and the citizens of Laurel spared from spending millions of dollars in improvements and services in the Pendorff Community. It is anticipated that the appeal will be heard within the next 3 years.