LAPEL — The Lapel Town Council finally received enough votes to move forward with its voluntary annexation of land south of the town.
At the last meeting in early April, the council decided to wait and try to get more than 51 percent of the homeowners in the affected area for a voluntary annexation. At Thursday night’s meeting, council member Tim Munro said the town had obtained 52 percent.
The area to be annexed runs from the town’s current southern border down to County Road 700 South. The western border will be the Madison County boundary on County Road 1000 West and will run east to County Road 750 West.
Munro said the area is roughly 2.5 miles wide and 4 miles long.
“The area is also one-eighth contiguous with our current boundaries,” Munro said. “We’re over by 600 feet.”
The exact fiscal impact is still being worked on. Munro said the council has an attorney working on the numbers but they weren’t available as of Thursday.
“We hope to have those soon,” Munro said.
Council member Clay Parkison said the next step is to post the legal notice. Sixty days after posting, Lapel will conduct a public hearing on the annexation.
Parkison said the hearing will be sometime near the end of June.
The annexation process started several months ago when Lapel, Ingalls and Pendleton all expressed interest in annexing the land near exit 214 off of Interstate 69. After falling behind Ingalls in the annexation process, Lapel decided to just annex to County Road 700 South instead of the highway.
That left Pendleton and Ingalls for the exit area with Ingalls ahead in the annexation timeline. After it became apparent Pendleton would have a voluntary annexation for the land east of Indiana 13 and south of 700 South, Ingalls decided to just annex land west of Ind. 13 instead of risking a possible remonstrance.