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June 25, 2013

Consultant proposes decreasing annexation areas

Agriculture property exemptions pose some concerns.

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Shaver goes on to recommend keeping the exemption for the southwest area, but excluding a substantial number of residential properties from the annexation entirely.

Lisa Hanson, a Washington Township resident serving on a committee nominated to represent landowners in the annexation areas, considered the reductions discussed at Monday’s meeting “great progress,” but still holds concerns regarding how code enforcement will affect areas that are annexed.

”We still have to go forward with the ordinances we’ve been talking about,” she said, alluding to statutes that will allow for burning trash and raising livestock. Although these activities are illegal by Logansport standards, many residents of the proposed annexation areas have expressed a desire to be able to continue these activities and city officials have in turn conveyed drafting legislation allowing them to do so.

City council is scheduled to cast its second of three votes on the annexation proposal at its July 1 meeting, where it can be amended according to Shaver’s recommendations. Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin said the final vote will likely be held July 8.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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