Public hearing held for annexation issue

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A public hearing to discuss the possible annexation of a portion of Davis Road into the city of Concordia drew only sparse attendance Monday night.

One member of the public, two aldermen and City Administrator Dale Klussman were present for the hearing, which was initiated by a petition for annexation received from Lafayette County.

In late 2009, the Lafayette County Commission took up the matter and approved transferring Davis Road to the City of Concordia.

Notice of the move was received by City Clerk Nancy Holsten on Dec. 10.

During the hearing, Klussman explained that the city already maintains the portion of the road from Missouri Highway 23 to a concrete bridge.

The annexation would give the city the road and its right of way from the bridge to the entrance of the city's lagoon.

Klussman said the city is prepared to take over maintenance of the road and that a plan for eventually chip and sealing the surface would be developed. The surfacing work would most likely be done in phases as the budget allows, he said.

While the city does not currently maintain any bridges, Klussman said the bridge on David Road was recently inspected and was found to be in sound condition.

Klussman said annexing the road is actually something the city has had plans for since 2004. A comprehensive plan was developed that year to go along with the Community Development Block Grant application that helped bring Visteon to the city.

Klussman said at that time a lot of work had to be done in a short time to meet the grant criteria. Having Davis Road as part of the city will better facilitate the city's efforts to promote the area for industrial and commercial development, he said.

Klussman said that the city had also been open to written comments about the proposed annexation, but at the close of business Monday none had been received.

Any comments postmarked by Monday but received later would be forwarded to the board of aldermen, Klussman said.

With the formality of the hearing completed the issue will now go to the full board of aldermen for consideration. To make the annexation official, the board will need to approve an ordinance that has been prepared by City Attorney Robert H. Schnieders.

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