By a vote of 4 to 1 Tuesday night, the Greenville City Council approved the preliminary plat for the 40-home Green Gables Subdivision, to be build on the east side of the city, off College Avenue, by Windsor Homes.
Voting in favor of the plat were Mayor Alan Gaffner, Roger Sanders, Mike Heath and Jes Adam. The “no” vote was by John Gillard.
Approximately 45 people were in attendance when the subdivision plat was addressed.
Eight individuals spoke to the council when Mayor Gaffner asked for comments from those opposing the subdivision. Several felt the proposed location was not good.
Mike Niehaus, the developer, told the council the plat was developed in accordance with the city’s Unified Development Code and he asked that it be approved.
The affordable housing subdivision is a project of the Bond County Housing Authority, which has a contract with Windsor Development. Mike Ennen, chairman of the housing authority board, read a letter he wrote to the city in which he stated over $300,000 has already been spent on the project, and if the housing authority board ended the contract, it would still have to reimburse Windsor Development for expenses incurred, and he believes that would make the housing authority insolvent.
Steve Mart, an attorney from a Northern Illinois firm hired by the city, to provide legal guidance on municipal law, reminded the council that city staff recommended the plat be approved as they feel it is in compliance with the code.
Tuesday night’s action by the council overturns a recommendation from the Greenville Plan Commission to deny the plat.