Stacy-Lent Annexation: Effective December 29, 2023

The effective date of the Stacy-Lent Annexation is December 29, 2023. As of December 29, 2023, the Township will cease to exist as a separate entity and shall be full incorporated within the City of Stacy. There will be a transitional period between the effective date of the annexation and the special election, where the Township and City staff will merge to the newly combined City of Stacy and temporary offices will be set until the special election is held and the new council is seated. Shortly after, the new council will begin work on a detailed plan for utilization of all buildings, facilities, vehicles, and equipment owned by the newly combined City.

 With this annexation, the City of Stacy will be holding a special election. This is particularly important given that the citizens of the Township will no longer be represented by the Township officials they elected, and a special election will offer them a voice in selecting their representatives. The Amended Joint resolution provides that the current city council members will remain in office until the time that the election is held, ensuring that the City of Stacy remains a functioning governmental entity until a new city council is seated.

The agreement calls for an election of all five city council positions. Two council members shall be elected from a ward made up of the prior Township territory and two of them shall be elected from a ward made from the boundaries of the City of Stacy prior to annexation. Additionally, the council shall have an at-large mayor, elected by all residents of the newly combined City. Due to the timing of the special election, two council seats (with the 2nd most votes from each side) and the mayor’s term will be 8 months, going up for re-election in November of 2024. The two council seats with the most votes from each side will have a term of 2 years 8 months and go up for re-election in 2026.

Residents wishing to run for Mayor or City Council will be able to file for candidacy from Tuesday, January 30, 2024 through Tuesday, February 13, 2024. The special election will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. 

The January 2024 City of Stacy newsletter has been mailed out to the residents of the newly combined city. This newsletter has important information about the special election, city office hours, staff contact information and other relevant items. Please watch for it in your mailbox or view the electronic copy below.