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July 9, 2013

Narrow council vote OKs annexation

Questions over stormwater and fiscal plan still remain

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Popejoy questioned whether the mayor and city council would even have authority over such a measure, or if it would be solely up to the Logansport Municipal Utilities Stormwater Management Board.

Councilman Bob Bishop, although agreeing with Popejoy that not all questions have been answered, said he voted in favor of the measures in an effort to better ensure the economic development the Hoosier Heartland Corridor is expected to bring.

“I know we don’t have all the answers, but I don’t believe we can just keep kicking the can down the road,” he said.

The council tabled a measure that would adopt a fiscal plan for the annexation areas outlining the cost of city services and projected taxes, which changed after the annexation areas were reduced recently. The measure, which was not published on an agenda three days before the meeting in accordance with the city council’s bylaws, required a unanimous vote to suspend this rule if it was going to adopt the plan, which failed.

Franklin said the annexation will be complete one year after the necessary paperwork with the state is filed, which he said he anticipates to be the fall of 2014.

However, Lisa Hanson, a Washington Township resident serving on a committee nominated to represent landowners in the annexation areas, said they are still working on a remonstrance to oppose the annexation. Indiana Code states opponents must present objections from 65 percent of the affected landowners to delay a proposed annexation.

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