The Cannon Falls city council approved at its August 20 meeting a notice of intent to annex property owned by Moline Enterprises, LLC and Brent A. Moline from Cannon Falls Township into the city limits.
A required public hearing on the matter is scheduled for October 1, 2013.
Moline owns 168 acres of property adjoining the existing limits immediately south of the currently under construction Mayo medical facility. He has been in discussion with the city on the future zoning of his property for a long time as MnDOT has planned its new overpass and roads and Mayo has planned its facility in the area, said CF economic development director Dave Maroney. His formal request for annexation was filed July 12, 2013.
Cannon Falls Township is aware of the request and has not indicated any opposition to the proposal.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said the whole annexation idea scares him. He said he would rather work with the Township to build its own suburb and have the city just sell them sewer and water.
"As we grow, now you'll need another snowplow, another public works employee, and another police officer," said McCusker. "I want to keep the city just where it's at."
City administrator Aaron Reeves said the Township doesn't want to maintain paved roads or deal with possible commercial and industrial development. Reeves said the city police are better set up to patrol such an area than the Sheriff's Office. He said the city can handle the expanded sewer and water needs with its existing size and that new users will help lower existing users' costs.
"We let developers know any new sewer or water main enlargements or accommodations will be their full bill," said Reeves. "Cities are best set up to handle these things."