In a unanimous vote, the Metropolis City Council adopted an ordinance annexing the Thomas Burnham and Shannon Burnham property at 1805 E. Fifth St., where Burnham’s Collision Center & Towing is located.
The annexation came after the council unanimously approved a pre-annexation agreement with the Burnhams.
Ward 1 alderman Kim Brown was absent from the Metropolis City Council meeting that was held May 27, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
A public hearing on the topic proceeded the council meeting. Dr. Gary Brush, whose optometry office is next door to Burnham’s Collision Center & Towing, was the only attendee. He questioned if the city plans to annex further in, stating he doesn’t want to be annexed.
City attorney Rick Abell explained that historically the council has never done an involuntary annexation. “This was strictly a voluntary annexation. The Burnhams want to further develop that property they have, and a TIF district seemed an ideal way to go because it allows the city to capture taxes on new improvements (to that area) and funnel those back into redeveloping the district and making any needed infrastructure improvements that might be needed,” he said, noting Brush might incidentally benefit from those infrastructure improvements.
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