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Collinsville City Council annexes 100 acres of unincorporated land

Inside the Collinsville Council Chambers in City Hall, 125 S. Center Street.
Inside the Collinsville Council Chambers in City Hall, 125 S. Center Street. News-Democrat

The Collinsville City Council voted Monday to annex more than 100 acres of unincorporated land into the city’s corporate limits.

The property, owned by Gordon and Edward Maag, is located within Collinsville Township at 121 Bluff Road, near the intersection of West Main Street and Illinois 157.

The city expects to use the land for commercial development in the future. Currently, it is used by the Maags for farming. Community Development Director Mitch Bair said the additional land will be “vital” to the redevelopment of nearby Mall Street.

Bair is also the acting city manager. Scott Williams, the former city manager, was placed on administrative leave July 17 following a 3-2 vote not to renew his contract with the city.

Councilman Jeff Stehman said he voted against renewal of Williams’ contract after “much deliberation” and conversations with residents and city employees.

“I did not join the City Council with the intention of not renewing the contract of the city manager,” Stehman said.

Mayor John Miller and Councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich also voted not to renew the contract at the last council meeting. Brombolich was not present at the Monday night meeting.

Councilwoman Nancy Moss said council members who voted against renewal of Williams’ contract cited “vague references to management style” in their decisions.

Moss expressed support of Williams, who she said spent “almost his entire adult life” serving the city in the police department and as city manager for about 27 years.

Stehman said he feels it is time for the council to “put the issues of the last few months behind them.”

“Since the election, too much time has been wasted on issues that have little to do with governing the city,” Stehman said.

The council also voted to approve an:

▪  Ordinance authorizing an engineering agreement with Oates Associates Inc., for services related to resurfacing roads from Combs Street to Lebanon Road. Services include conducting a topographic survey and a right-of-way survey and designing. The cost is $92,056, which will come from tax increment financing funds. The project is expected to begin in spring 2017.

▪  Ordinance authorizing another engineering agreement with Oates Associates, Inc., for construction services related to phase IV of a streetscape project. The city received a $1 million grant for the project but is still responsible for $33,190 toward this phase — the funding for which will come from TIF. Construction is expected to begin in early October.

▪  Ordinance authorizing the expenditure of $99,388.40 in TIF funds for plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning and fire suppression systems at a new restaurant coming to 119 W. Main Street. According to Uptown Coordinator Leah Joyce, the restaurant, to be called Sloan’s Pub House, is expected to generate $35,000 in sales tax in its first year.

▪  Ordinance authorizing the expenditure of $3,348.40 in TIF funds for the Collinsville Historical Museum, 406 W. Main St., for an LED sign. According to the application, Museum Board President Larry Shasteen believes the replacement sign will “increase interest in museum, (and) hopefully attract more persons to join ‘friends’ group, allowing for continued operation of museum and preservation of artifacts and history.” The existing sign is eight years old.

The Collinsville City Council meets next at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at City Hall, 125 S. Center St.

Contact reporter Lexi Cortes at acortes@bnd.com or 618-239-2528. Follow her on Twitter: @lexicortes.

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