Local Government

Quincy annexation ordinance to be revisited

By DREW ZIMMERMAN
Staff Writer | 217-221-3367
dzimmerman@whig.com | @whignews
Posted: Sep. 29, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- An ordinance calling for the annexation of two unincorporated properties on Quincy's north side will be revisited by the Quincy City Council next week.

During last week's meeting, the council voted 9-5 in favor of annexing 1700 and 1708 Hamann Lane, falling one vote short of adoption.

If approved, the annexations would create a "doughnut hole" of 15 unincorporated properties surrounded by the city's corporate limits. Under state statute, the city then would be able to annex 15 other properties on Highland Lane, Koch's Lane and South 18th Street since they would be surrounded by the city's corporate limits.

But at Monday's meeting, Alderman Jeff Bergman, R-2, who voted no, asked to reconsider the matter because he was unaware of the "doughnut hole" effect of the other 15 properties and was unsure of the infrastructure costs related to the annexation ahead of the Sept. 21 meeting.

"There wasn't any information in my mind as far as questions about infrastructure and what costs those could be as far as sewer or water or road maintenance and there also wasn't information as far as potential property tax increase benefit to the city or other tax revenue from the state for per capita residents," Bergman said.

Bergman said after speaking with Director of Planning and Development Chuck Bevelheimer and Director of Utilities and Engineering Jeffrey Conte he will have the necessary information to make an informed vote on the ordinance.

"I just wasn't comfortable voting for the annexation at that time not having all the information to base my vote on properly," Bergman said. "With the concerns about infrastructure needs, it's very difficult in my mind when we talk about annexation to take on extra infrastructure needs when we have a lot of infrastructure needs on the books already that we have to take care of first."

Bergman told the council that he hopes this can be a teaching moment to ensure council members receive pertinent information ahead of an important vote.

"We appreciate all your concerns on this, and we can and will promise to do better on our end," Mayor Kyle Moore told Bergman.