Annexation, yard waste program up for discussion in Danville
DANVILLE — Aldermen have only two items to consider Tuesday night — whether to stretch the city's eastern border to include another 78 acres and how to shrink the city's yard waste services in this new year to keep residents' monthly solid waste fee at $18.
Last week, the city's public services committee recommended on a 6-0 vote, annexing into the city two adjacent sections of farmland directly east of the former Redwood Inn motel site that's just east of Lynch Road and north of the Lynch Road exit ramp from Interstate 74. The properties are in Danville Township and the Lynch Fire Protection District.
About 13 acres of the farm ground is owned by Robert and Mary Koch and the other 65 acres is owned by Maddox Farms Inc., an Illinois corporation. Both are being represented by Danville attorney Gil Saikley. He told the public services committee that both owners believe the property will be more marketable if it's within the city limits and has access to city services.
The city council, which meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville, will also discuss the future of the city's yard waste program. It's up for discussion, because this past fall, aldermen defeated the city administration's five-year plan to hike monthly garbage rates that would have generated new revenue to pay for capital expenditures in the yard waste program that city officials say are necessary for the program to continue.
A new yard waste processing site and equipment are some of the major capital expenses that city officials say must happen in the next two years to continue the yard waste program that includes weekly yard waste pickup in the spring and fall and bi-monthly pickup from May 1 through September for those who buy an annual $20 yard waste sticker.
Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said some of the discussion of the program will be personnel related on Tuesday and will happen in closed session. In open session, he said the department will present some new numbers that are based on suggestions made last month by aldermen and will mostly revolve around trying to keep the monthly solid waste rate at the current $18 and still provide some options on yard waste.
On the annexation issue, aldermen will be expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to bring the property into the city limits.
Both pieces of property, although not in the city limits, are within the city's zoning buffer and are currently zoned B3 general business, which would allow for the development of restaurants and hotels.
Public Development Director John Heckler told the public services committee that the annexation would fit with the city's comprehensive plan, and if some type of development does come to the two pieces of property, then the city would talk, at that time, about a development agreement. He said there's not expectation on the part of the property owners that the city will provide city services right now.
Alderman Steve Foster said he personally believes it's a good idea to already have these two properties annexed into the city, and anything annexed into the city would go on the city's tax rolls, too.