Gluckstadt incorporation continues in fall
The first hearing to determine whether Canton is able to move forward with a proposed annexation of Gluckstadt — or if residents are able to incorporate as the county's fifth municipality — was held Monday in front of Chancery Judge James Walker.
Walker set a jurisdictional hearing for the first two weeks of September with a final trial date between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.
Multiple parties were present Monday to oppose both the annexation and incorporation, including representatives of the two new Mac Haik dealerships that opened this month.
This is the third attempt in recent years to incorporate Gluckstadt and officially got underway Jan. 31 when a petition was filed in the Chancery Clerk's office after receiving approximately 1,250 signatures.
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."