(HOCHATOWN) The efforts of Broken Bow, Oklahoma to annex portions of the Hochatown community could end up costing the city in legal fees.
According to published reports, the plaintiffs in the case recently heard by Associate District Judge Jana Wallace, has petitioned the court for legal fees in the amount of $198, 535 be awarded to the plaintiffs, in their defense of the case.
The City of Broken Bow had annexed portions of the Hochatown community in late 2015, by having nine consenting property owners and another fifteen to twenty-five foot connecting strips of property from the North entrance of US 259 A that extended North to the Hairpin Road. Essentially, the entire commercial section within the community.
Residents in the area sued the city, in order to prevent the annexation from going through. A organized group of concerned citizens are in the process of incorporating the community with the State of Oklahoma, and felt that the annexation would prevent those efforts of becoming their own organized community of happening.
The City of Broken Bow is appealing the decision to a higher court.