Annex could expand Charleston city limits

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

The Charleston City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on annexing the proposed “20 Acre Woods” subdivision just west of Charleston.

The council had four ordinances to waive zoning requirements for the “20 Acre Woods” on its agenda June 2.

The city has zoning authority because the area is within a mile and a half of Charleston, and can approve or deny requests for variances in things like sidewalk standards, length of a cul-de-sac and street design.

Mayor Larry Rennels said the ordinances were placed on file for public inspection to give the council members more time to discuss logistics with the developer.

“We still have a couple more details to hammer out,” Rennels said Monday.

He said part of Charleston’s comprehensive plan is to consider annexing new subdivisions next to city limits if the city’s water supply can run there.

Because the public works department has determined that running Charleston’s water and sewer systems through “20 Acre Woods” is possible, the subdivision can now become part of the city, Rennels said.

He said annexing “20 Acre Woods” would mean the area has access to Charleston’s fire and police departments, street maintenance and library cards, among other things.

Rennels said the council might delay voting if all the details of annexing the subdivision are not figured out by Tuesday afternoon.

In that case, the council would have to call a special meeting at a later date to vote on the ordinances.

The council will also vote on granting tourism funds for WEIU Kids Day and for the CIL-Con (Paranormal, Horror, Anime and Gaming) Convention.

On the agenda as well are raffle license requests for the Coles County Fair Queen Pageant Committee and the Charleston Area Dog Club.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].