A Gluckstadt businessman who gave thousands of dollars to support the incorporation effort has turned on other citizens in an apparent attempt to line his own pockets.

And now, the crooks in Canton have joined him threatening the state’s newest city.

As most residents were cheering the hard-fought incorporation battle, Ron Hutchison, owner of Mississippi Tent and Party Rental, filed an appeal against the Gluckstadt incorporators a couple of days before the April 22 deadline. 

Gluckstadt Mayor Walter Morrison said Hutchinson’s appeal amounts to a hostage situation and has nothing to do with the actual incorporation and everything to do with Hutchinson wanting restrictions removed from commercial property he owns inside the proposed city limits. 

Singlehandedly, Hutchinson has selfishly set in motion a potentially long, expensive and contentious appeals process.

“What he wanted was a commitment from the appointed mayor and the appointed Board of Aldermen to support his efforts to get a road extended up to Church Road from where his property is located there,” Morrison said. 

Even before the city was formed, Hutchinson presented Gluckstadt leaders with their first test of integrity — which for decades was lacking in Madison County as backroom deals were cut and certain people walking a fine legal and ethical line always seemed to benefit.

Good for Gluckstadt leaders standing up for the right thing, even if it means a delay.

The would-be mayor said he spoke with Hutchinson several times over the last few months regarding the project.

And because Hutchinson couldn’t extort Gluckstadt, he just blew the whole thing up with his appeal and will take his chances with the Board of Supervisors later this month with a re-zoning petition.

Hutchinson is trying to get zoning restrictions removed on 3.71 acres of land east of Church Road and south of Calhoun Station Parkway. 

In 2015, Hutchinson negotiated with area residents a resolution to rezone the subject property he owns with John and Annette Harreld from agriculture to commercial. 

Supervisors at the time approved the rezoning with a list of 22 restrictions. The fourth restriction on the list that Hutchinson agreed to is no access to Church Road, all traffic routed to Calhoun Station Parkway. Instead, a cul-de-sac was set to be built there on the new proposed road in between the commercial developments. 

Morrison said Hutchinson has since been trying to get that restriction removed, something the mayor calls disingenuous because it was agreed upon less than four years ago.

The mayor is right. Hutchinson is jeopardizing what many Gluckstadt residents have toiled over for more than a decade. 

Perhaps the court will soon recognize the fraud that is being committed upon the people over a cul-de-sac and put an end to Hutchinson’s litigious party.