INGALLS, Ind. — The town of Ingalls is seeking to annex more than 700 acres of land in Madison County north of Interstate-69, including the Pilot Travel Center off exit 214.
The town announced Thursday that it will conduct a public hearing on the annexation at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Ingalls Town Hall, 247 N. Meridian St.
The area being considered for annexation spans, north to south, from I-69 to Madison County Road 700 South, and, east to west, from County Road 1000 West to County Road 800 West.
Ingalls Town Council member Tim Green said the council was contacted by a Pilot representative who expressed interest in getting a water line run out to the Pilot facilities at exit 214. Ingalls is the closest town to the station. The town boundary stops on the south side of I-69. The Pilot station lies on the north side of the interstate, in an unincorporated area.
Because of the Christmas holiday, Pilot officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Green said Ingalls wouldn't run a water line to the other side of the highway unless the land belonged to the town. The proposed annexation area has been eyed by a couple of other municipalities interested in capitalizing on the prime real estate along the interstate.
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith floated the idea of annexing part of the area this year, but his proposal was shot down by Anderson's city council. Recently, a group of homeowners in the area asked Lapel to annex about 11 square miles south to the highway. The legality of a previous "strip" annexation attempt in the area by Lapel has been challenged by the Smith administration.
Lapel Town Council President Gary Shuck said council is waiting on a feasibility study before the council makes a decision about whether to pursue the annexation farther.
Ingalls officials realize that the area will eventually be incorporated, which is why town officials don't want to establish water service in the area without annexing the land.