Danville Express

Newsfront - May 25, 2007

Alamo to discuss incorporation

Residents want to take control from county

by Natalie O'Neill

The city of Alamo. Alamo Town Council. Alamo's elected mayor.

Don't be surprised if you hear these phases echoing through Creekside Community Church on Wednesday when a meeting to discuss Alamo incorporation will have residents engaging in a healthy back and forth over the possibility of cityhood. A study that illustrates the financial feasibility of incorporation will be presented, followed by questions and discussion, at 7 p.m.

"Our hope is to have the community engage," said David Bowlby, an Alamo resident who has helped spearhead a grassroots effort to incorporate Alamo.

The meeting will be led by seven community members including Bowlby, Mike Gibson of Alamo Improvement Association, and Randy Nahas, formerly of R-7A, the county service district that handles parks and recreation for Alamo.

The group has independently funded a $27,000 contracted study done by EPS research.

"It's very exciting that now we have something to present to the community .... It looks very feasible and there is no need for any new taxes," Bowlby said.

Incorporation is one way to gain more local control over Alamo, Bowlby said. Alamo's current governmental system is controlled by the county and advised by Alamo residents. Having Alamo residents make the decisions makes the most sense for the community, supporters say.

"In our guts we know this is the right thing," Bowlby said.

In the past, vocal opponents have been concerned that AIA's link to the county will be cut off, that incorporation will not be cost effective, and that those involved in incorporation efforts have their own agendas when it comes to planning. These are some of the issues expected to be brought up at the meeting.

The group also hopes to have people step forward and take on leadership positions along with having an opportunity to educate the community on the issue.

Alamo has been rife with incorporation discussions as residents have become disgruntled with what they see as bad planning. Projects that have spurred the movement include the 12-acre YMCA facility on the Alamo-Danville border, which will be accessed via Danville Boulevard; the Monte Vista parking lot opened last fall on the north side of Stone Valley Road; and two enormous hillside homes off I-680 at Stone Valley Road.

In order for the Alamo incorporation to occur, more than 50 percent of its residents have to vote yes on ballots.

The Alamo incorporation meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Creekside Community Church, 1350 Danville Blvd. in Alamo.

Contact Natalie O'Neill at noneill@DanvilleWeekly.com


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