The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

March 16, 2013

Council members: Annexation failure could foster cooperation

Mayor’s proposal seen as costly, divisive

ANDERSON, Ind. — In the end, there was probably little chance Mayor Kevin Smith’s expansive Anderson Fast Forward annexation proposals would be approved.

They were large, complex, costly and controversial from the outset.

The goal of Anderson Fast Forward, which Smith unveiled early last month, was to stabilize Anderson’s population and property tax base and create an economic development corridor by capturing unincorporated frontage along I-69 to the Madison/Hamilton County line.

Opposition to both proposals developed swiftly and was vocal. Faced with an angry crowd of opponents last month when it first considered the plans, the City Council tabled a vote to introduce the resolutions and fiscal plans that would have formally started the annexation process.

Thursday night, the City Council rejected both plans.

“I just didn’t feel it was in the best interests of the people of Anderson,” said Ollie Dixon, D-District 4.

“I didn’t want to get into stretching out into Lapel.”

And certainly the people who lived in Stoney Creek and Green Townships, didn’t want to be considered part of Anderson, a view that was pointedly expressed at two Anderson City Council sessions and public meetings in the affected southwest townships and in Lapel.

Dixon said he would have been able to support a much smaller and focused annexation, but was told there was no room for compromise. “We were told it was an all or nothing proposition,” Dixon said.

The proposed northeast annexation would have absorbed about four square miles in Union and Richland townships and added 2,900 to Anderson’s population, including 1,163 homes, five businesses and 25 miles of roads to the city.

The southwest annexation would have extended Anderson’s city limits to the Hamilton County line, positioning it to take advantage of commercial, industrial and residential growth moving north from Indianapolis, Fishers and Noblesville.

City Council President David Eicks, D-At Large, said he proposed a much smaller “strip” annexation from County Road 700 South to the county line as a way of capturing the economic development potential of Interstate 69.

He said Tax Increment Financing District money could be used to develop the roads and infrastructure to make that area more attractive to potential commercial and industrial developers.

He also believes the city could have worked more cooperatively with officials in both Pendleton and Lapel.

“I truly believe the governments need to sit down and work together to do what’s best for all the citizens of Madison County.”

Although property between Anderson and the county line is still largely rural, Eicks said, it won’t stay that way as growth and development continues to push north from Fishers and Noblesville.

“Do I see a lot more of that land being developed in the future? I certainly do,” Eicks said.

Eicks said that after the dust settles from the Anderson Fast Forward battle, leaders from Anderson, Pendleton and Lapel can meet to discuss mutually acceptable economic development options.

Find Stu Hirsch on Facebook and @StuHirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • NWS - HB0725 - Colts Camp - 272 Colts fans come from all over Indiana for training camp

    Under bright skies and mild temperatures, Indianapolis Colts fans turned out in droves to witness the first of this year's public practices during training camp at Anderson University's campus on Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Brown awarded $25,200 settlement A federal jury issued a split verdict in the discrimination case filed by Jack Brown against the city of Anderson that alleged violations of his free speech rights and the American Disabilities Act.

    July 24, 2014

  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood receive grants to tear down abandoned houses Three Madison County cities — Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood — received state grants that will be used to tear down abandoned, dilapidated houses.

    July 25, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 25 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • What's Where: July 25 Local meetings and activities are scheduled Friday, July 25.

    July 25, 2014

  • Support breakfast at Cross Roads Through The Eyes of Special Kids will host its support breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 2000 N. Scatterfield Road.

    July 24, 2014

  • Accident.jpg Second person dies following Ind. 9 accident

    A second person has died from injuries following an accident Wednesday on Ind. 9. Clayton Crumley, 21, died at IU Health Methodist Hospital, officials said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arrest Log: July 24 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 24, 2014

July Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook