Several key issues will be considered at Tuesday's Effingham City Council meeting.

City commissioners are set to discuss and possibly approve an ordinance change to the municipal code, which would allow the Austin Mansion to be used for the operation of a bed and breakfast establishment, and more notably a hotel and events venue.

Effingham Plan Commission previously denied recommending the ordinance change to the council. Walnut Street Weddings owner Billi Lou Jansen, who purchased the building, is requesting 250 people be allowed to attend events, such as weddings, at the mansion. Neighbors around the property have voiced concerns that large gatherings would disrupt the area around Bliss Park.

The council will also consider Tuesday an ordinance establishing new water rates for wholesale customers, along with approving an ordinance to extend its water contract with the Village of Teutopolis for a year.

Also during the meeting, the council is expected to discuss modifying annual compensation to commissioners. According to the agenda, any change in compensation would not go into effect until the completion of the current city council terms.

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