The effort to make Gluckstadt the county’s fifth municipality will proceed after the Mississippi Supreme Court denied two opposing petitions last week from the City of Canton and the Mac Haik automotive dealerships.

A petition by the City of Canton was denied last Thursday, with the petition for Haik denied on Friday.

A trial on the merits of incorporation was initially scheduled for next month, but due to the opposition, the trial was moved until February 2019.

Chancery Judge James Walker ruled on March 29 that Gluckstadt incorporators had met their burden of proof with enough signatures to proceed with a full trial.

In May, both the city and Haik filed petitions for interlocutory appeal asking the high court to reverse Walker’s ruling. The petitions argued that Gluckstadt incorporators did not receive enough signatures of qualified voters in the area to proceed with the effort.

Canton’s objection to incorporation stems from the city’s attempt at annexing land that would be included in the proposed city of Gluckstadt. Shortly after Gluckstadt incorporators filed their plans in court, the city filed plans to annex five different areas, including property down Calhoun Station Parkway that includes the Mac Haik dealerships.

Haik opposed the incorporation and annexation efforts because of the increase in taxes that would come from either outcome.

Both Jim Herring, the attorney for Haik, and proposed Gluckstadt Mayor Walter Morrison were unavailable for comment as of press time.

Gluckstadt residents took to social media to cheer the news last week, many responding with “yay” and “great news” as the latest attempt to incorporate continues to build momentum.

The proposed incorporation area is 11 square miles with estimated population of approximately 2,400 people and an assessed value of nearly $55 million.

The proposed area includes the following neighborhoods: Bear Creek Crossing, Bradshaw Ridge, Panther Creek, Germantown, Dixon Pass, Stone Creek, First Colony, Ridgefield, Arrington and Red Oak. Subdivisions not included are: Kemper Creek, Belle Terre and Harvey Crossing among others.