GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members unanimously approved two ordinances related to One Earth Energy’s request to annex approximately 103 acres into city limits and to rezone that land.

Aldermen first approved an ordinance to accept the terms of the annexation agreement between the city and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located in the Jordan Industrial Park on the city’s west edge.

One of the terms says the property owner is not to disconnect the tract from the city once it is annexed. The annexation will also attach to any future owners of the property.

The agreement contains a section labeled "contractual inducement" by the city for the owner to pursue annexation, but it does not specify inducements beyond an obligation to pursue annexation and rezoning.

Mayor Daniel Dickey said that folding the annexed parcel into an existing tax-increment financing (TIF) district is not part of the annexation terms.

The agreement does state that the city will pursue rezoning of the property.

For that reason, council members then unanimously approved a second ordinance to change the property’s zoning from its current agricultural use to M-2 (manufacturing), which is the same as the rest of the properties within the Jordan Industrial Park.

Aldermen Scott Davis, Dennis Pardick and Doug Parsons were absent from the meeting. However, the ordinance for annexation stated that the affirmative vote of five aldermen is sufficient.

Committee to consider wind and solar zoning revisions

The city’s ordinance committee, chaired by Alderman Nelda Jordan, will review changes to zoning ordinances that have been recommended by the city’s planning commission. Discussions of the changes and any further revisions will be held during future committee meetings, which will be open to the public.

In addition, a public hearing on the subject will be advertised before the council takes final action on the changes.

New water treatment approved

Alderman Randy Wyant, chairman of the council’s water and sewage committee, requested the council approve a new annual expense for water treatment to control red water, as first discussed at the council’s Jan. 14 meeting.

The phosphate additive is designed to control red water in piping by reducing or eliminating scaling and rust-producing corrosion.

Council members voted unanimously to approve an annual amount not to exceed $9,800 for chemical expense and a one-time amount not to exceed $1,000 for the equipment to inject the new water treatment.

Other business

Alderman Susie Tongate reported that Angie Funk has resigned as chairman of the swimming pool board. Tongate said the board’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21 and will involve planning for the pool’s 2019 season.

Also, council members approved paying regular bills in the amount of $83,926.