New Lapel group asks to annex

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Lapel - A second group of rural Madison County residents has asked Lapel officials to annex their land.

In May, Lapel annexed 58 acres after 10 landowners east of the town pursued voluntary annexation. Accusing Anderson of a land grab, the property owners said they would rather be incorporated into Lapel if they were going to be annexed.

During the Nov. 7 council meeting, a second group of area residents presented a petition to be annexed.

“I don’t want to be part of Anderson or Ingalls. I would much rather be part of the Lapel community any day,” Pam Watson said, responding to council President Gary Shuck’s question of why they wanted to be annexed.

“Somebody is going to take us in before too long. (Anderson) has already fired the first shot,” David Bodenhorn commented. “I would rather just be able to go where I want to go. This has been going on five or 10 years now, and somebody is going to take us in.”

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