Jurisdictional hearings in the Gluckstadt incorporation effort resume today (Thursday) in Madison County Chancery Court following a brief recess on Monday.

The jurisdictional hearing will determine if the incorporators successfully received signatures from two-thirds of qualified electors in the proposed area. If successful, phase II of the incorporation effort will be held and that’s when sides will argue the merits of the case.

The hearings began Monday and a number of motions were heard and ruled on by Chancellor James Walker.

A motion on behalf of Mac Haik to dismiss the incorporation effort in its entirety was denied.

A motion asking for a two-week continuance in the case was denied in-part, with the city of Canton receiving two-and-a-half days to review evidence submitted on behalf of the incorporators.

John Scanlon, an attorney representing the incorporation effort, explained that on Feb. 16 they produced a number of documents supporting their case.

Scanlon said they have 1,156 total signatures, which represents around 73 percent of the qualified electors as of the time of the filing back on Jan. 31, 2017.

“As trial goes forward one name may be whittled away here and there,” he said. “It may be a slightly different number (when it’s over) but the Gluckstadt incorporators feel satisfied they have more than enough signatures.”

The jurisdictional hearings are set to run until next Wednesday when a verdict is expected to be given.

If the incorporators satisfy the requirements to proceed, a five-week trial is scheduled for Aug. 6 to argue the merits of incorporation.

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

The proposed incorporation area is 11 square miles with an estimated population of 2,403, with 931 dwelling units and an assessed valuation of nearly $55 million.

Citizens for Gluckstadt has a website, www.gluckstadt.net with more about the procedure and impact on local residents.

Gluckstadt began as a community of German farmers on June17, 1905, when Henry Klaas, John Kehle, Valentine Fitsch, Peter Schmidt and Joseph Weilandt, German descendants from Klaasville, Ind., purchased farmland, eventually changing the name to Gluckstadt, or "lucky city."