The Herald Bulletin

April 7, 2014

Columbus Avenue residents oppose southside annexation

Council to consider 2 requests on properties

By Ken de la Bastide The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON – Residents along Columbus Avenue, south of Madison Park Church of God, are opposed to a planned voluntary annexation of a 66-acre tract.

The Anderson City Council will consider an ordinance on two of three required readings Thursday for the annexation of the southeast corner of 67th Street and Columbus Avenue. The annexation request was made by property owner Jerry Alexander.

The area consists of farm fields, with a stand of trees along the railroad tracks extending to the south.

The nine property owners to the south of 67th Street on Columbus Avenue are opposed to the proposed voluntary annexation.

Sharon Nescola, who has lived in the area for 43 years, said residential property owners are concerned about what future development might take place on the 66-acre tract.

Nescola said property owners have heard rumors that if the Mounds Lake Reservoir project becomes a reality and the Irondale neighborhood is submerged, the residents will be located to the property.

“We don’t want a trailer court on the property,” she said. “We love the open fields and the wildlife.”

A fiscal plan to be considered by the City Council indicates there will be no additional expenses incurred by the city. The fiscal plan indicates the property owner will pay to extend water and sewer lines to the site, expected to be constructed this year.

If passed on two readings on Thursday the voluntary annexation will be up for final approval at the council’s May 8 meeting.

Greg Winkler, director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said it would make sense for the property to be included in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.

“The TIF could be extended to Eagle Park, which is located to the east of the property,” he said. “We could upgrade infrastructure for future commercial and industrial development.”

Winkler said the requested voluntary annexation will undergo a high level of scrutiny by the City Council because of the opposition from neighboring property owners.

“We want to protect the property owners,” he said.

Eventually the Anderson Plan Commission will be asked to rezone the property, if the annexation into the city limits is approved.

The council will be considering a second request for a voluntary annexation of 38 acres at the southeast corner of Indiana 232 and Mounds Road from Jonathan Cook.

Winkler said there is no opposition to the annexation, which is located to the south of the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center. The property is currently used for farming.

The fiscal plan for the proposed annexation shows no costs to the city. It indicates the property owner will pay to extend water and sewer lines to the site, expected to be completed this year.

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Proposed voluntary annexations • Jerry Alexander is seeking annexation of 66 acres at the southeast corner of 67th Street and Columbus Avenue. Local property owners are opposed to the annexation. • Jonathan Cook wants the city to annex 39 acres on the southeast corner of Indiana 232 and Rangeline Road. There is no opposition to the annexation.