The Arcade City Council has voted to pull out of the Quad Cities Planning Commission. The council voted unanimously Monday night to withdraw from the partnership with Jefferson and Talmo. Pendergrass, one of the original four members of the group which shared zoning and building code officials, pulled out earlier.
Mayor Doug Haynie told the council that with the economic downturn, there had not been a building permit issued for Arcade in over a year. Haynie said the city is looking at absorbing around $22,000 in its share of operation costs for Quad Cities for the rest of the year.
Haynie, who made the recommendation to leave the partnership, said the decision was difficult.
“I was a part of the initial formation of this particular group and I didn’t want to give up on it,” he said. “But we can’t put the city on the hook for $22,000 in a time where the budget doesn’t allow for us to spend $2,700 for a website.”
The city will have to adopt all the ordinances that were set up by Quad Cities and will have to work out enforcement by the city police department.
The city’s planning and zoning will be handled by an independent engineering firm on an as-needed basis.
The city will appoint its own planning commission.