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Yorkville Exploring Annexing 38 Acres

Two pockets of properties along routes 34 and 47 ultimately could be forcibly annexed into the city.

Yorkville staff likely will start reaching out to about 18 property owners this week about annexing into the city, City Administrator Bart Olson said.

The two areas – one comprised of the lot south of Sunset Motel along Route 47 and the other land on both sides of Route 34 near McHugh Road – are surrounded by land that is already annexed into the city. Both areas ultimately could be forcibly annexed into Yorkville after public hearings and City Council votes.

Annexing those parcels would add about 38 acres to the city, generate about $13,445 more in property taxes and garner about $52,000 more in sales tax, Olson said. The new sales tax revenue would be split between the city’s general and sewer funds.

Certain services, such as police protection, would be more efficient if those two areas were included in the city, Olson said. If annexed, the properties also would be required to follow city building and property rules, including those for signs and tall grass.

Aldermen voted 6-2 on Sept. 13 to send notices to the property owners about the public hearings, with Ward 1 Alderman George Gilson Jr. and Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears voting against it.

Mayor Gary Golinski said last week that he asked city staff to talk with property owners first.

Then, Ward 4 Alderman Diane Teeling, along with Gilson, pushed their colleagues to reconsider sending the formal hearing notices and starting the process of forced annexation. Their effort was voted down Tuesday, 6-2.

“After I got home and started thinking about this, I just didn’t feel comfortable with my vote. I just feel its wrong to force-annex any businesses,” Teeling said. “I don’t think the City of Yorkville has ever done anything like that, and I don’t want to be a part of anything so aggressive.”

But those who supported starting the process emphasized that holding a formal hearing would strongly encourage property owners to share their thoughts with the entire City Council at the public hearing. After the hearing, aldermen could consider whether they wanted to continue with the annexation process.

“A less formal process I don’t think will get you the information or the response you need,” City Attorney Kathleen Orr said. “… You’ll only hear by innuendo why a certain property owner doesn’t want to annex.”

Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo, Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears and Ward 3 Alderman Marty Munns also argued that reconsidering votes set a poor precedent.

“I’m totally against that,” Spears said. “If we start that, we can do that every meeting.”

Ward 2 Alderman Larry Kot encouraged his fellow aldermen to follow the city staff’s advice on pursuing the formal hearing process, which Olson said was the cheapest, most efficient annexation process. Leaders could decide whether to continue the annexation process if not all property owners wanted to join the city.

“I think we make this decision when the time comes,” Kot said, of forced annexation.

Editor's note: A copy of Olson's memo to City Council members on the process is attached to this article as a PDF. Maps of the two areas can be found on the third and fourth pages.

Robyn Sutcliff October 03, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Forcing businesses to annex to get more tax dollars. Total BIG GOVERNMENT! It is awful. Those aldermen who just want to see what happens but aren't really in favor of it are wasting tax dollars on staff time and having a recorder at the public hearing. This is not thinking out side the box to generate revenue. It is being a bully government. I agree with Aldermen Teeling, Gilson and Spears.
Mike K October 04, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Is it possible to ask the business owners and residents first?? Simple question: Would you like to or not be apart of the city of Yorkville? At least try and win those people over then just forcing them to do something they may not want. Show them why it would be beneficial to join the city versus being county. I know personally if it was me, No thanks! I like my freedoms without the city restrictions. Then the city could decide what to do to avoid benefiting those individuals bordering the city. City of Yorkville take the high road on this issue and demonstrate the ability to understand peoples rights to decide for themselves.
The Fighting Fox October 04, 2011 at 03:47 PM
If only the tracks with commercial properties are to be annexed, then don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a cash grab orchestrated by the Golinski administration. There are many pockets of unincorporated areas within the city boundaries, and most of them are residential areas, so to even allude to an increase in the efficiency of services is purely deceptive. Forced annexation is the type of thing that people in power do when they think you aren’t strong enough to stand up to them. This new crew on the City Council is really making a name for themselves, health insurance on the public’s dime, dismantling the engineering department only to give a no bid contract to an outside firm, and now forcing businesses to annex. Heaven help us! What have we gotten ourselves into?

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