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Madison County set to speak Plum Road property switch

EDWARDSVILLE – The switch of a portion of what’s referred to as the Plum Road property from Madison County to Madison County Transit was permitted Thursday by the Madison County Board’s Finance Committee Thursday.

The county is about to switch .6 acres to Madison County Transit as greenspace and to be used in its path system. The property switch is scheduled to be mentioned by the complete county board at its Wednesday assembly.

The county is also at the moment looking for bids for about 15 acres positioned south of Governor’s Parkway. The county has been making an attempt to promote and develop the land for about 5 years.


Bids are anticipated to be opened on Monday, Feb. 14. Finance Committee Chairman Chris Man, R-Maryville, mentioned the proposals will go to the Amenities Committee earlier than coming again to the Finance Committee for its approval after which the complete Madison County Board, maybe as quickly as its March assembly.

The property has been appraised at roughly $3.9 million, and the minimal bid is $3.8 million.

The unique plan was for the town of Edwardsville to develop the property as combined residential/industrial. However that effort was halted a while in the past. The town has appreciable enter due to zoning and different points.

Supporters of efforts to protect the land as greenspace on Thursday offered petitions with 1,100 signatures asking the county and metropolis of Edwardsville to make sure accountable improvement on the 15-acre property. The petitions particularly ask that the county take into account different elements quite than the best bidder when deciding what to do with the property.

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Two folks spoke in help of preservation efforts.

In different enterprise, the finance committee on Thursday permitted shopping for 200,000 pens to be given out to voters throughout elections. The pens have “I VOTED” on them.

The Madison County Clerk’s Workplace started distributing the pens throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the stickers beforehand given out beforehand would have been problematic. County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza mentioned the pens have been standard.

“The election judges and the voters like them,” she mentioned. “The 200,000 will get us via the following three elections.”

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