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November 23, 2013

City considers high school annexation

MT. VERNON — Annexation and zoning for the property of the new high school will be considered by the City Council during a meeting slated for Monday.

Last week, the council held a first reading only on several zoning issues, including the two petitions by the Mt. Vernon Township High School board. The board has asked the city to annex the property, located on Wells Bypass. According to City Manager Ron Neibert, the annexation would allow the high school to utilize city water, sewer and public services such as fire and police protection.

If the property is annexed into the city, another change will be considered Monday — to the schedule of district regulations. At this time, the property for the proposed high school is classified as agriculture in the planned development area.

“Secondary school isn’t a permitted or conditional use at this time in the district or the agriculture class,” Neibert told the council last week. An ordinance will be considered Monday which will allow public secondary schools as a permitted use in the district.

In addition, the council will hold a second reading on an ordinance to rezone property at 17198 E. Fairfield Rd., by Donald and Deborah Coyle and hold a second reading on an ordinance to rezone property at 726 N. Eighth Street by Crystal Webster.

Three other items not related to zoning issues are on the agenda for the 3 p.m. workshop meeting, including bid results for a DVR for the police department video system; a resolution of support for an application to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for a housing rehabilitation grant; and a quarterly budget review.

The workshop session will be held 3 p.m. Monday at City Hall in the old Council Chambers.

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