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Local Politics

January 31, 2014

Anderson, Lapel appear in court over annexation



He said the only entities that should have a say in this are the homeowners, and they all want to be in Lapel.

Mastrian agreed the city had no immediate plans to annex the area but said that fact is irrelevant in the current lawsuit.

“That has nothing to do with our standing to challenge Lapel’s annexation,” she said. “They can’t get away with annexations that don’t meet annexation requirements.”

Mastrian warned that allowing this annexation could lead to more annexation from other cities. She cited attempts by Ingalls and Lapel to annex land next to I-69. Ingalls is attempting to expand north of the highway to the area that includes the Pilot Station. Lapel is contemplating an annexation south of the town which would encompass 11 square miles.

Mastrian said towns have to respect the annexation laws. If they don't, there could be no end to where a town might annex if that's what the people in that area want.

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said Tuesday he thinks the city has a good claim to the land. He admitted annexing the land might be hard to achieve with the city council still against it, but he still wants that option available for the city.

Campbell took the arguments under advisement and will make a decision at a later date.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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