City to add on?
TIFFIN– The Tiffin City Council discussed the possibility of another municipal annexation. The city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee identified and prioritized three areas around the city which seem ripe for annexing. The highest priority is an area south and east of the current city limits, bounded by 340th Street on the north, US Hwy. 218 on the east, 360th Street on the south and Jasper Avenue on the west. Kansas Avenue runs through the area.
City Administrator Michon Jackson told the council she will hold both a daytime meeting and an evening meeting on Tuesday, July 10, to spell out the pros and cons for residents who would be affected. She also plans to have letters sent by Thursday, June 22, explaining the city’s offer of annexation.
Mayor Berner said he had a conversation with Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan, who said he had spoken with landowners preferring to annex into Tiffin rather than Coralville. Berner also said Sullivan wants to be present at the meetings. Bartles expressed concern over Kansas Avenue, as it provides a shortcut road from North Liberty to the county landfill.
“There’s big trucks and everything coming down there,” Bartles said, indicating increased maintenance on the road for which the city would be responsible. Bartles said he was in favor of the annexations, but does not want to inherit somebody else’s problem in Kansas Avenue.
“I want the people to know yes, this (annexation) is a benefit. But, we can’t guarantee water and sewer…we can’t take care of our ponds, for crying out loud,” Bartles said.
The proposed annexation is an offer for residents to annex into the city voluntarily. However, residents may not have the option later if Coralville decides to pursue annexing the land, officials noted.
While the second and third priority areas for annexation are mapped out, Jackson declined to identify them at this time.