AUDIO: More From Tuesday Night’s 7+ Hour Greenville City Council Meeting

A seven hour and 20 minute special Greenville City Council meeting came to a close at 2:49 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 Windsor Homes Development, for the construction of 40 income-based homes on the east side of the city, and consideration of the 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, 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.

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Testimony for and against the development, proposed to be built on the east end of College Avenue, on what is now farm ground, was presented to the 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.

Several individuals, opposed to the proposal felt all of the requirements had not been met. One of those was Jo Sussenbach, who spoke to the council. Click below to hear a portion of her comments:

Councilman Mike Heath suggested that the council delay taking action and take a vote on the plat at the council’s July 14 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. He suggested the council take its time in making a decision and felt there was no advantage for the council to hurry into a decision.

He also believed it would be good to allow members of the housing authority to consider what had been presented at the public hearing, if they wished to reopen discussions about the project.

Mike Niehaus, President of Windsor Homes, addresses the Greenville City Council
Mike Niehaus, President of Windsor Homes, addresses the Greenville City Council

The Bond County Housing Authority initiated the development, sought proposals, and decided to work with Windsor Homes. It was mentioned during the meeting that the housing board has seated new members since then.

The chairman of the housing board, Mike Ennen, attended the meeting.

Heath agreed with the postponement. Click below to hear more:

Councilman Adam said that based on the 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.

The city has hired the Northern Illinois law firm of Ancel Glink to advise it in the matter. Click below to hear Attorney Steven Mahrt share his legal opinion with the council:

The issue is expected to be on the July 14th City Council agenda. WGEL will be there to bring you all the news.