Below is an excerpt from the Kalona News. It raises a lot of questions.
It was published yesterday and is online at:
The annexation requests include about 200 acres of property owned by Shiloh church, roughly 465 acres owned by Marilyn Farms and 35 acres owned by Larry and Evelyn Hershberger.
The Shiloh property is bordered to the north by 133rd Street and to the east by Nutmeg Avenue.
Schlabaugh clarified Tuesday morning that not all property owned by Marilyn Farms is part of the voluntary annexation.
He explained that the Marilyn Farms property and the Hershberger parcel create a “contiguous connection” to the current city corporate limits.
The expectation is that the primary Shiloh property will be sold to a developer.
“We’ll have more in depth discussion at the next meeting (Jan. 20) with the vision and how that will carry out at that time,” Schlabaugh said. “At the point, the developer will be public, and they’ll share their vision.”
He added that the buildings on the Shiloh property will soon be coming down to make way for development.
“The buildings are scheduled to go; I’m not going to sugar coat that,” he said. “A lot of that stuff is going to go.”