POSTED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:00am
In a KETK story last month, I described Tyler and Lindale as eyeing each other like wary animals.
Well, the lion did lie down with the lamb because they have now decided it’s better to negotiate than go to war over boundary lines.
And the peace treaty has now been signed.
The two cities have been dancing around issues of extraterritorial Jurisdiction for years. How far up Highway 69 would Tyler go? And how could Lindale keep tyler at bay going north around it so as not to be surrounded?The intersection of highway 69 and I-20 behind me, has always been the defacto dividing line between Lindale and what we’ll call greater Tyler.
Well thanks to a vote by the Lindale City Council Tuesday night, and the Tyler City Council Wednesday morning, it is now the actual line.
Both mayors Bass and Mallory say, this allows everyone to take a breath and stop worrying for awhile.
There are a couple of exceptions for Tyler State Park, Loop 49 and the new Lindale Industrial park, but for the most part, Interstate 20 is now the 38th parallel of East Texas.
Only much friendlier.
The actual dividing line in some places goes above or below I-20, but for the most part, it is the general boundary between the two cities.