Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 11:54 pm

Coal Valley considers annexation of Niabi Zoo Road

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By Sarah Hayden shayden@qconline.com

COAL VALLEY — Rock Island County has asked to transfer jurisdictional control of Niabi Zoo Road to the village.

Meeting as the committee of the whole, trustees on Wednesday approved a response written by village administrator Alan Wilson to the county addressing concerns with the transfer of the mile and a half stretch of road from US Route 6 to the Henry County line.

Mr. Wilson said there would be no benefit to Coal Valley in transferring the road, only costs the village would incur with future repairs.

The letter states there has to be a long-term gain for the village in accepting such a transfer, and therefore is asking the county to allow annexation of Niabi Zoo in order to generate property taxes to offset the costs of maintaining the road.

"Annexation of the zoo into the village will facilitate our desire to offer annexation opportunities to the residents on Niabi Zoo Road, south of the Moline annexation strip," wrote Mr. Wilson.

He said the village cannot justify making repairs to the road with only eight residences situated on it.

Trustees advanced the motion to the regular board meeting and approved the letter to Rock Island County.

In other action, the board approved a lease with Viola Telephone Company to use Well No. 5 Tower for a wireless internet router. The village will receive $$150 per month for its use.

Trustees also agreed to pass on several bids for installation of an emergency generator in village hall. Bids will be solicited from various electricians instead.

In addition to village hall, the building houses the public library and Coal Valley Township. Trustee Bruce Crowe said it will give residents a place to go in case of a power outage. The building will provide a cooling station in middle of a heat wave or serve as a heated facility in winter, he said.