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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on "Ruling supports Carmel annexation"

Updating this ILB entry from June 27th, John Tuohy of the Indianapolis Star writes today under the headline "Town officials ready to go after Geist: But annexation foes say Fishers' case unlike Carmel one." His report begins:

Town officials said Thursday they would waste little time trying to annex property in unincorporated Geist now that the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in a Carmel annexation dispute.

"My hope was that the court's decision would provide a roadmap, and that appears exactly what they have done," said Fishers town attorney Doug Church.

In a ruling many legal observers considered landmark, the court said Wednesday that Carmel could annex 8.3 square miles in southwest Clay Township. Several Indiana municipalities with annexation plans put them on hold until the Carmel case was decided.

Those towns and cities, including Fishers, see the finding as a green light.

"To me, this ruling just reinforces that annexation is permitted in the state of Indiana," Fishers Town Council President Scott Faultless said. "So long as we follow the law, we can successfully annex areas . . . involuntarily."

Faultless said he would move ahead as soon as possible to annex 2,000 homes and aims to finish by year's end.

Opponents, however, have other ideas, according to the Tuohy story.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 30, 2007 11:39 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions