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March 11, 2014

Ingalls drops annexation east of Indiana 13

Homeowners have stated Pendleton preference

INGALLS — The annexation debate in southwestern Madison County became a little clearer after an Ingalls Town Council meeting Monday night.

The council, at the advice of the engineering firm tasked with designing and implementing the annexation, decided to drop several homeowners out of the proposed annexation.

The homeowners being dropped all live east of Indiana 13 and north of Interstate 69. Most of them have publicly stated they don't want to live in Ingalls and would rather live in Pendleton. That led to Pendleton starting an annexation on some of the property Ingalls was planning on annexing.

Ingalls Clerk/Treasurer Kip Golden said the council decided to drop that section in part because it didn't want to deal with the lawsuits or remonstration that could follow.

"It was recommended this be done due to the battle that might follow an annexation," Golden said. "We thought the best course of action would be to take them out."

West of Ind. 3, Ingalls still plans on annexing up to County Road 700 South. Golden also noted the state land east of Ind. 13 and north of I-69 would still be part of the town's annexation, including Newco Metals Inc. That will still give Ingalls the land off of Exit 214 in case new businesses come in.

Golden said some members were concerned about the cost of adding all those new houses and roads under the town's protection. He said it would be very expensive to maintain some of the county roads east of Ind. 13.

Ingalls will also still annex the Pilot Travel Station that sits just west of Ind. 13. The annexation process for Ingalls originally began when Pilot asked the town to run water lines out to the station.

Although adding more land after the annexation process had already begun would result in a town having to start all over again, Golden said detracting land doesn't reset the process.

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