The North Bend Eagle


Annexation, gate ordinance get first reading

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/13/18

Ordinance No. 561, providing for the annexation of ground southwest of North Bend, received its first of three required readings at the June 5 city council meeting following a public hearing.

The legal description of the area being considered for annexation takes up an entire page of paper single-spaced and includes Frontier Coop, the North Bend Golf Course clubhouse and Pioneer Lake housing development. There is also an option on the table that includes all the NBGC playing holes as well, but the North Bend Planning Commission recommended annexation without the holes and greens.

Only two people attended the public hearing, but they declined to speak when mayor Jeff Kluthe asked them if they had any comments or questions, saying they were just there to listen.

JEO city planner Jeff Ray showed the council maps of the annexation. If the addition to the city limits is made, North Bend’s one-mile jurisdiction will extend to envelop all of the Riverview Shores housing development. Currently, approximately half of Riverview Shores is in North Bend’s one-mile jurisdiction.

City clerk Theresa Busse said the change from Dodge County jurisdiction to North Bend jurisdiction should essentially make no difference for Riverview Shores, as Dodge County recently adopted regulations mirroring North Bend’s.

The final vote on annexation will take place July 5 after the ordinance receives its third reading. The council meeting has been moved to Thursday that week to avoid the Independence Day holiday.

In conjunction with the annexation ordinance, Ordinance 562 also received its first reading. This ordinance would change city code to allow for the gate at the entrance of the Pioneer Lake Subdivision to remain when and if it becomes part of the city.


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