City election is Tuesday in Vermillion

City election is Tuesday in Vermillion by David Lias Vermillion voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of the Chestnut Street improvement project and elect two aldermen to the Vermillion City Council.

The Chestnut Street controversy has been brewing in the community since late 2000. The city wants to spend $1.3 million to widen and pave the unimproved dirt road to enhance farm to market traffic in Vermillion.

Opponents of the plan contend it is too costly, and that improving the street would mean homeowners in the area would be bothered at night from street lights. They also contend that upgrading Chestnut Street also would make it more hazardous to pedestrians and bikers.

Voters in Vermillion's Central Ward also will be asked to elect either incumbent Drake Olson or his challenger, Kate Bingen, to a two-year term on the city council.

Two candidates are vying to represent the city's Northwest Ward on the council. Incumbent Joe Grause has decided not to seek re-election. Candidates for his spot on the council are Nathan J. Adams and Tom Davies.

Southeast Ward Alderman Dennis Zimmerman is unopposed in his race to be elected once again to the council. No petition was filed for the two year term becoming vacant in the Northeast Ward, so Kevin Annis will continue to represent that ward on the council.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 8 in the National Guard Armory, 603 Princeton Street.

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