Alma city officials are looking to annex about 20 properties that are surrounded by the city limits.

During the Alma City Council meeting Thursday night, City Attorney Chuck Baker gave aldermen a run down on what was required before they could vote on annexing the 20 properties.

Because the properties are all surrounded by the City of Alma, while not actually being a part of the city, law only requires the city council vote to approve annexation, Baker said. A public vote is not needed.

Property owners and their addresses have been identified, and the city clerk must send letters notifying the owners of the possible annexation by March 4.

A public hearing on the annexations will be held March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the city complex, and the city must publish legal descriptions of each property by March 1. Aldermen will vote on annexation at their April 16 council meeting.

Also during Thursday’s city council meeting, aldermen approved a resolution requesting the U.S. Department of Energy deny an application by Clean Line Energy to partner with the federal government on a $20 million transmission line project that would cut through Crawford County.

According to the resolution, Clean Line has not identified clear and substantial benefits to the State of Arkansas that exceed detrimental impacts caused by the project.

Aldermen also approved a resolution allowing the city to join a local government purchasing cooperative, put forward by Alderman Eddie Wakefield, who is also the city fire chief.

Participation in the cooperative has no cost to the city, and will allow Wakefield, and other department heads, to purchase equipment within their specifications at lower costs.

Mayor Keith Greene gave his first State of the City Address Thursday night, updating those present on the current state of affairs in Alma.

Greene outlined improvements and changes in each department, and thanked former mayor John Ballentine for his accomplishments in Alma and forward planning.