City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said at a council meeting earlier this month that specific provisions of Chapter 78 of the state’s statutes — which opponents have  said allows them to challenge the council’s decision — do no apply to Boonville.


The opponents of Kemper Village Homes will not be able to put the project to a public vote, according to state statutes outlined in a memo from City Administrator Irl Tessendorf.

The Boonville City Council approved the development in July, with Mayor Julie Thacher’s vote breaking a deadlock. Since then, opponents of the project have circulated a petition asking that the project be put to a public vote.

 The $5.8 million project will feature 40 homes located at the site of an old golf course off of Ashley Road. It is  planned as a low income housing development that includes 32 houses available to those who make 60 percent or less of the Cooper County median family income, and eight homes available to people of any income level.

Tessendorf said at a council meeting earlier this month that specific provisions of Chapter 78 of the state’s statutes — which opponents have  said allows them to challenge the council’s decision — do no apply to Boonville.

Those statutes refer to a commission form of government, which Boonville is not. Cooper County operates under that system, in which a small group of elected commissioners manage the entity, with each official assigned a specific department such as public safety or roads.

The city operates as a third class system form of government, that includes a mayor, city council and a city administrator.

Opponents of Kemper Village have formed the 502 Group, an organization  whose name refers to the number of  Boonville residents who signed the petition.

Jim Edwards, who serves as treasurer of the group and president of the Boonslick Landlords Association, said the $500 rent charged by ND?Developers for the three bedroom homes is not fair market value and will put area landlords out of business.

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