Owned by the Kelly family, the property is currently farmland located along E. Sixth Road north of Interstate 80, but the city council approved annexing and rezoning it for light industrial.
“They’re anxious to have it annexed into the city,” said attorney Pat Barry, representing the Kelly Family Limited Partnership.
La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove said he foresees that area as ripe for future development.
“We’re very excited for this partnership to take place,” Grove said.
The Kelly property is directly west of another recently annexed 147-acre tract of property owned by the Dan Voss family, which is being developed for use as a sand mine.
Barry said there are currently no development plans in place for the Kelly property. Since the Kelly property will be zoned for light industrial rather than heavy industrial it does not seem likely that it will be used for mining, Grove said.
The council also followed through on an idea discussed during the council’s last meeting to strengthen regulations against dogs and cats in city parks.
Previously just a park rule, the council agreed, 6-1, on Tuesday night to amend the city’s pet ordinance, making it a fineable offense to have a dog or cat in a city park with the exception of the forthcoming dog park at Rotary Park. Those who fail to pick up after a pet’s droppings can also now be fined.
Fines now range from $50-$750, said city attorney Jim McPhedran, adding that the upper level fines are more likely to be applied to someone with a violent pet, as those cases fall under the same ordinance, rather than someone who brings their dog in a park.
Alderman Jim Bacidore voted against the amendment, arguing in favor of allowing dogs in city parks.
“There are more dogs on the street than in the parks,” Bacidore said.
Other members of the council countered that the amended ordinance simply strengthens current park rules. Alderman Mark Schneider noted that some sports organizations have voiced concern because there are times during games when numerous people have dogs in close proximity, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
In other business, the council:
*Appointed a new part-time building inspector, Chris Covert, on a 120-day probationary basis. During the probationary period, Covert will be paid $21 an hour and work 24-28 hours per week, Mayor Jeff Grove said.
*Granted a request from the La Salle-Peru Township High School to host a tag day collection on Thursday, July 20 at the intersection of 11 th and Bucklin streets.
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