ENM Council discusses detachment of properties

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Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

The Elko New Market City Council began a discussion of detachment of previously annexed properties at its Thursday, Oct. 11, meeting. The council’s consensus was to direct city staff to wait until approached by property owners.

Community Development Specialist Renee Christianson brought the matter before the council. She had attended a New Market Township Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for a proposed annexation petition from Kevin Komorouski. The township board approved a joint resolution for the orderly annexation of the 10-acre property. Some members of the board asked about previous annexations of other properties where planned development did not happen. There were concerns raised about how the properties, some of which is still farmland, are now in the city limits, but remain undeveloped.

There were four annexed properties to be considered, totaling approximately 228 acres. Each were brought into the city limits between 2002 and 2006. Three of the properties received preliminary plat approval for development, but the projects were abandoned with the onset of the 2008 recession. There are a mixture of owners of the properties who are looking to sell, develop or not develop the land.

City Administrator Tom Terry said the council could.....

To see more on this story pick up the October 18, 2018 print edition of The New Prague Times.

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