Mahomet trustees OK annexing subdivisions; residents: 'We'll see you in court'

Mahomet trustees OK annexing subdivisions; residents: 'We'll see you in court'

Mahomet Citizen

MAHOMET — Village trustees approved the annexations of multiple subdivisions Tuesday night, and residents unhappy with the moves made it clear where the issue next may land.

"I guess we'll see you in court," said Karadan Drive resident Richard Eardley.

Board members voted unanimously to approve resolutions to annex the Briarcliff and Summit Ridge subdivisions, and to annex land that includes Tin Cup Campground. With an attorney present, Briarcliff homeowners in particular said they don't plan to let the issue end with the village's vote.

"We hate for it to come to this point," Eardley said after the meeting. "No matter what pleas we made to the board ... I felt like their minds were closed. They had their minds made up. So, we're going to court."

The subdivisions in question are said by Mahomet leaders to be either completely surrounded by, or partially touching, village boundaries, making them eligible for annexation.

"Essentially, what happens next is going to depend on the area subdivisions," village President Sean Widener said.

The Tuesday vote doesn't mean the subdivisions will be immediately considered within the village limits. Widener noted that the village must file paperwork with the Champaign County Clerk's Office and finish the process of official annexation.

"We look forward to future dialogue," he said. "Hopefully, (we can) move forward and try to heal from this. We're doing what's in the best interest for the village."

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