The Salem City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, regarding a request to annex approximately 27 acres on the east side of the city across from WSLM.

The petition requesting annexation is signed by Ken Temple, representing Temple & Temple Excavating and Paving; Larry Cottongim and Sandra Cottongim.

The petition included the word “walmart” in a filename printed on the document and city officials say a major retail outlet might locate there.

The purpose is to allow any interested parties the opportunity to make comments.

According to Salem Mayor David Bower, a development group called Cedarwood Development is interested in the property.

Annexation means the property would become part of the city and city services would be available, such as water, sewer and police and fire protection.

After the public hearing, the city council may adopt an ordinance annexing the property. The council must take action no earlier than Sept. 27 of this year and no later than Oct. 15.

The Salem City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.