Hearings Set on CU Mass Transit Annexation Plans
By Jim Meadows
Public hearings take the evenings of June 10th, 11th and 12th as the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District seeks to annex additional territory in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.
The Tuesday night, June 10th at the Parkland College Tony Noel Center will hear the public’s response to the proposed annexation in the Boulder Ridge and Sawgrass subdivisions in northwest Champaign.
The Wednesday night, June 11th hearing at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Philo Road will consider the CU-MTD’s annexation plan for the Stone Creek subdivision in southeast Urbana.
And the Thursday evening, June 12th hearing at the Savoy Recreational Center will ask for public comment on the annexation of the Lake Park subdivision off of South First Street on the east side of Savoy.
The Lake Park annexation proposal lies in an area which has been unfriendly to mass transit service and the property taxes that come with it. Savoy village officials resisted CU-MTD annexation a decade ago, but later reached a compromise agreement which allowed limited mass transit annexation in the village in 2008. Meanwhile, opponents of annexation in southwest Champaign formed their own mass transit district, which overlapped with the CU-MTD. Unable to push CU-MTD out of their territory, the South-West Champaign MTD was officially dissolved last January.
All hearings begin at 7 PM. The hearings are required by state law, before the CU-MTD's board of trustees can vote on the annexation proposals.