The Herald Bulletin

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Local Business

October 1, 2013

New judge sought in Anderson-Lapel lawsuit

Town defends strip annexation attempt


“We are working to hopefully have one picked within a week or so,” Beeman said.

The perimeter of the area annexed by Lapel is 25,719 feet, of which 311 feet is contiguous with Lapel’s town boundaries. State law requires annexations to be at least one-eighth contiguous with existing boundaries.

Gary Shuck, town board president for Lapel, said the city has no authority to tell Lapel what it can or cannot annex. He said the lawsuit will be dismissed because the city has no legal standing in the matter.

“Everyone has an opinion,” Shuck said. “We have responded to the filed suit, and I, like everyone else, am waiting to see what happens.”

Hopper said the lawsuit is an important one for the city because it could determine Anderson’s future ability to annex additional frontage along Interstate 69.

“This area is important because of the economic growth potential that it represents for the city of Anderson and for Madison County, as a whole,” she said.

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What's next According to the Madison County trial rules, if judges in the county are disqualified due to a conflict of interest and both sides of the lawsuit cannot agree or find a replacement judge, the appointment of a judge will be made at random by the Grant County Clerk from eligible judges in Grant County Circuit Court or Grant County Superior Court Divisions 1, 2 or 3.

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