Lapel reiterates its intention to pursue new annexation, appeal Anderson case decision

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Lapel - Lapel Town Councilman Tim Munro said a state ban on annexation won’t affect local plans to take in new land.

Munro spoke on the annexation issues during the March 6 town council meeting and displayed maps and charts detailing the geographic impact as well as financial impact in terms of size and value of the land.

He also said Indiana legislators are considering a moratorium to halt rampant annexation until April 1. The ban won’t have an impact on voluntary annexation, Munro added.

He said the land Lapel is considering for annexation contains 251 parcels with 117 houses and six businesses.  The value of those 5,696 acres is $26,258,700, Munro added.

Council President Gary Shuck said the council voted in executive session to appeal the lawsuit filed and won by Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith.  

A Hamilton County judge, who was appointed as special judge in the case, said Lapel illegally annexed a 200-foot-wide strip of land to the east in 2013.  

Homeowners in that area approached Lapel leaders with a request to be annexed because they didn’t want to be annexed by the City of Anderson.

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