March 30, 2017
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Somers repeals ordinance annexing parts of Paris

Defunct IGA at root of reversal; new agreement coming soon


BY TERRY FLORES
tflores@kenoshanews.com

SOMERS – The Village Board has repealed an ordinance that would have brought some Paris properties into the village, reversing actions taken previously to comply with the now-defunct intergovernmental agreement between the two municipalities.

On Wednesday, the board approved repealing the ordinance that would have included the Paris properties as part of the village of Somers for tax purposes under the original agreement. That’s because the village, Paris and the city of Kenosha continue to hammer out the details of a new agreement that will allow expansion of economic development opportunities in the Interstate 94 corridor.

That agreement is expected to be finalized as early as the first week of January for the respective governing bodies to vote on, according to Somers Village Board President George Stoner.

In April, the town and the village approved an intergovernmental agreement that had called for a 2,500-acre parcel along the west side of I-94 between highways K and 142 to be annexed into the village.

The agreement proved contentious, with lawsuits filed by some Paris residents and the city of Kenosha against the two municipalities, and even an effort to recall the entire Paris Town Board. The lawsuits have since been dropped and the recall election resulted in incumbents retaining their positions on the board.

Under a memorandum of understanding reached in October, Paris land on the west side of Interstate 94 from Highway KR to Highway 142 will be annexed into Somers, while Paris land south of that swath could annex into Kenosha. The proposed new pact, which is still in the process of being reviewed by the legal teams on each side before it can be finalized, sets a 50-year period before any properties in the corridor face eventual annexation.


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