Washington City Council members voted Monday to proceed with the process of annexing two out of three areas adjacent to the city.
They approved areas to the south and east of the city but rejected the area to the west, which includes separate parcels along Highway 100, West Fifth Street and Westlink Industrial Drive.
Members voted later, however, to reconsider the west area, which includes five distinct tracts, at their next meeting.
The council agreed to vote individually on five ordinances — one for each tract in the west area — to determine which, if any, parcels will be submitted to voters.
The city plans to place the annexation issues on the Aug. 5 primary election.
Voters in the city and those in each annexation area will vote separately on the annexation measures.
If the individual annexation issues receive a simple majority in both the city and annexation area, the plan will be approved.
However, if the measure is defeated in one or more of the annexation areas, the council may call a second election which would combine voters in the city and outlying areas.
That ballot measure would have to pass by a two-thirds majority for the annexation to be approved.
The council vote was 5 to 3 to reject the proposed west area for annexation.
Council members Mark Hidritch, Walt Meyer, Greg Skornia, Jeff Patke and Steve Sullentrup voted against the west ordinance. Members Josh Brinker, Joe Holtmeier and Jeff Mohesky voted yes.
Later in the meeting, City Administrator Jim Briggs raised questions about the vote on the west area.
Briggs pointed out the distinct tracts in the area which include: a tract owned by Doug Hazel on the south side of Highway 100 at Bluff Road; the Conrad property on the north side of West Fifth Street; Sappington Place and the Jack Brinker farm north of Westlink Industrial Drive; MFA Co-Op parcels at Westlink Drive and Bluff Road and on Highway 100 near Route KK and property owned by MoDOT at the Route KK, Highway 100 intersection; and Baker Estates subdivision and a small agricultural parcel owned by the Waterman family on the north side of Highway 100.
Combined, the parcels total about 131 acres.
Briggs asked council members if they would reconsider the vote and make adjustments to the west area.
Skornia said his objections were over taking in the Hazel tract and the Sappington Place area.
Jeff Patke said he was opposed to annexing those two areas and the Waterman property.
City Counselor Mark Piontek proposed voting on five separate ordinances,
“I think that would be the fair way to do it,” Sullentrup said.
“I think we should bring them back as separate ordinances and let the council decide,” Holtmeier commented. He remarked that he’s pleased with the overall annexation plan.
When the vote came on reconsidering the area in five ordinances, Mohesky cast the only no vote.
“I think it’s fine the way it is,” he commented about the annexation plan. “I don’t want to nitpick it.”
Ordinances authorizing the annexation votes on the south and east areas were approved on 6-2 votes.
Hidritch and Meyer voted no on both measures.
The south area includes approximately 294 acres south of Route 100, west of Highway A and east of Pottery Road. The area includes 60-plus homes with most of those in the Meadowlake Farms subdivision.
The east annexation area includes a stretch of South Point Road and the properties along the west side of the road. It encompasses approximately 35 acres.
The city is required to certify the August ballot issues by Tuesday, May 27.