Citizens to decide fate of project

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Cassville City Council will meet in special session on Monday night at 6 p.m. to give Glenwood Circle residents one more chance to have their voices heard.

City Administrator Mike Hayslip said he has researched further the issue of dissolving a Neighborhood Improve-ment District (NID) like the one established to finance the Glenwood Circle sewer improvement project.

"I have found a statute that allows for the dissolution of special districts," said Hayslip in a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon. "With that new knowledge, the council has decided to hold a meeting to discuss new options with the property owners."

Under the statute, a majority of city council members may call for a vote to dissolve the NID or 8 percent of the property owners within the NID could create a petition asking for dissolution of the NID.

Based on the outcome of the upcoming special session, property owners may be asked to vote on whether or not they want to proceed with the project. Even though the council voted on Monday night to accept AMC Excavation's construction bid for the sewer project, no contract has been signed.

"We want to give the Glenwood Circle property owners the opportunity to make the final decision," Hayslip said. "I want to make absolutely sure they have a voice in this process."

Hayslip will be sending out certified letters to all property owners in Glenwood Circle informing them about the special city council meeting on Monday, May 14. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

"Please note that the Board of Aldermen is not looking to dissolve your NID," wrote Hayslip in the letter. "That is your choice only as a collective group. Both the board and myself are attempting to offer full disclosure of options as this is your neighborhood project."

Hayslip also noted that an actual vote would not be taken during Monday's meeting. He said, if needed, ballots would be handed out to every NID member present and for those not present, a ballot would be mailed to them.

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