Horicon Welcomes New Mayor, Rejects Downtown Housing Push

(Horicon) Horicon’s new mayor was sworn-in during the Common Council’s organizational meeting Tuesday night. Jim Grigg, who had served as mayor previously, defeated Alderperson Nathan Anfinson on the April 3 ballot. Grigg says he is thankful for the community’s support in electing him mayor. He says the city will have an open and transparent government and that he is looking forward to working with the council to help improve the city. Grigg also shared is appreciation to outgoing Mayor Steve Neitzel for his service. Alderperson Donald Miller was elected over Susan Hady to serve as council president. Miller says it is an honor to be selected and hopes to work closely with Grigg so he can fill in if need be. Miller says this will be his third time serving as council president during his 14-year tenure as alderperson. Also sworn-in was District 3 Alderperson Harold “Buzz” Vanderhei who will replace Carl Fausett.

The Horicon Common Council took no action Tuesday night on an ordinance to reconsider re-zoning land in order to build an affordable housing development. During a recent public hearing the council voted two-to-three against the application by Horizon Development Group to begin work on Rock River Place which would have been located near the intersection of Valley Street and Barstow Street. Nathan Anfinson was not able to cast a vote at the hearing so Horizon Development sought to bring the issue back up for a vote by the complete council. In order to do so, Forrest Frami, Donald Miller and Susan Hady – who all originally voted against the application – needed to make a motion to reconsider the ordinance. Neither one made that motion, essentially killing the project for good.