Many have been following the west-end annexation issue in Sterling. Personally, I would like to congratulate Carolyn and Renee on their excellent rebuttals to comments made from City Hall. They both nailed it.
As Carolyn stated, those living in town do so of their own free will, knowing the excessive costs associated with that decision.
As far as Mr. Shumard’s comments about the city being out of room, that is nonsense. The prime industrial area, Wallace Street, looks like a Ghost Town. Until those acres are refilled with factories, and the National Building is occupied with a factory they are not “out of room.” There has been tens of millions of dollars spent on the infrastructure in that area to support industry.
Then there is the Lawrence Building/property and the former Sterling Multi-Products/DeKalb Feeds properties.
It was also mentioned that they need to be annexed to “pay their fair share.” How Stalin-esque. Sounds like the combative rhetoric from Springfield/D.C. If that is the case, they should annex Mineral Springs, Woodlawn Heights, Gregdon Shores, Moonlight Bay, Palmira, Penrose and Hickory Hills. That would also increase the population count much more that the 40 to 45 people that are now being targeted.
None of those residents should be forced into the People’s Republic of Sterling. Especially since the opposition to the Mafia-like action is unanimous among the affected victims.
Renee mentioned that the residents have many acres with their homes. You can bet that is on the radar of City Hall. Eventually they will force you out of your homes one way or the other and have more land to pillage.
There seems to be only two kinds of people in the world: Those who simply wish to be left alone and those who simply will not leave them alone.
It’s always about the Benjamins. So, always follow the money, and it will lead you to some career politicians’ pockets.