7+ Hour City Council Meeting/Hearing Ends with No Action

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A seven hour and 20 minute special Greenville City Council meeting came to a close at 2:49 a.m. Wednesday morning with no action taken by the council.

The only items on the agenda were a public hearing to hear testimony for and against the proposed Windsor Homes Development for 40 homes on the east side of the city and consideration of the Greenville Plan Commission’s recommendation that the preliminary plat for the subdivision be denied.

The meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Greenville Municipal Building, but just a few minutes before 7, Greenville City Manager Dave Willey announced the crowd was too large for the room, and it had been decided to move the meeting to the Greenville High School auditorium.

The meeting began at 7:30 with approximately 125 persons in attendance.

Testimony for and against the development was presented to the five-member council. City staff once again recommended that the preliminary plat be approved, based on it meeting all 14 requirements in the city’s Unified Development Code.

After the public hearing, Councilman Mike Heath suggested that the council delay taking action and take a vote at the council’s July 14 regular meeting.

Councilman Jes Adam asked why the vote should be delayed since the council would eventually have to make a decision whether or not the plat complies with city code. He then made a motion to approve the plat and it was seconded by Councilman Roger Sanders.

Tom Theis, who had spoken during the public hearing, approached the council, and said sometimes it is wise to let time work on an issue. He also felt it would be good to allow members of the Bond County Housing Authority Board to consider what had been presented in the public hearing, if they wished. The housing project is being proposed through the housing authority, and its board chairman attended the meeting.

Theis said there was no advantage for the council to hurry into a decision.

Councilman Adam stated that based on Theis’ comments, he would withdraw his original motion and make a new motion to defer a council vote until the July meeting.

The motion to wait for a vote was approved on a 5 to 0 vote.