Judge Dismsses Rogers Annexation Lawsuit Against Bentonville

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- The City of Rogers' annexation lawsuit against Bentonville was dismissed Thursday (Nov. 9) by Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren.

Roger's city council members called a special meeting to pass an ordinance to repeal the annexation of land West of Highway 112.

With Bentonville's annexation of land down the center of the region Mayor Greg Hines and the council believes this makes it impossible to serve other nearby homeowners.

Rogers filed the lawsuit Oct. 10 seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Bentonville’s annexation of county lands near Arkansas 112.

In a statement from Rogers said Bentonville's annexation "complicates city planning and provision of services to this area. We're reassessing what's best for the City of Rogers and the region as a whole."

Karren declined to comment.

The Bentonville City Council voted unanimously to accept the voluntary annexation last month. Rogers was scheduled to hold a special election in November on the same piece of land.

The suit named the City of Bentonville, Mayor Bob McCaslin and the council, as well as Benton County Judge Barry Moehring as defendants.

Bentonville sought to dismiss the case on the grounds that Rogers didn't have a sufficient claim or standing for an injunction.