Candidate suggests annexing Boulder Hill
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News January 18, 2013 3:28PM
Updated: February 22, 2013 6:02AM
MONTGOMERY — Village Board candidate Josh Salisbury is suggesting the 8,000 residents of unincorporated Boulder Hill be annexed into the village.
For several decades, Boulder Hill residents have received their water from the village of Montgomery, but pay some 20 percent more than a resident of the village.
Over the past year the water issue has made headlines, as Boulder Hill residents complained of orange, rusty water coming from the older pipes under their streets.
Montgomery recently announced the cost for the needed water line improvements is estimated at $8.2 million. How the total bill will be paid is an ongoing discussion item.
In 1977, a move was made to incorporate the then-small neighborhood, measuring about 1.4 square miles, into the village of Oswego. But that move was never made.
Since then, Boulder Hill has experienced infrastructure needs, but no city or village is responsible for the improvements.
“The last study was done in 1977. Opinions change in 35 years,” Salisbury said. “Do you want to come on board with the village?”
Salisbury said Montgomery would better serve the residents of Boulder Hill.
“I plan to walk around and persuade them. It will cost a little up front but they would be better served,” he said.
He said while the residents already pay a premium for their water needs, the additional tax dollars would help the village and in the long run the residents of Boulder Hill.
Salisbury said the plan is part of his platform as he seeks election to the Village Board in the spring.
“This has not seriously been looked at since I have been here, in 2001,” said acting Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel about the annexation issue.
“We would be responsible for the roads, sidewalks, infrastructure,” he said in regard to what annexation to the village would mean.
Trustee Stan Bond said he would welcome the move.
“It would be nice to get them to be part of Montgomery,” he said, adding the services the village could offer would benefit Boulder Hill residents.
The question of how the village plans to finance the $8.2 million water main replacement plan in Boulder Hill is on the Village Board agenda for Tuesday.