News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

August 19, 2013

Sullivan extends city limits to the south

Mayor still seeks 1,000 acres to northwest; $286,000 in new revenue at stake

TERRE HAUTE — Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb scored a victory earlier this month in his efforts to annex adjoining parts of Sullivan County into the city limits.

Special Judge Joseph Trout ruled Aug. 9 in Sullivan Superior Court that property owners and residents living in an area south of the city had failed, but not by much, to obtain the required number of signatures to fight annexation in court.

The ruling means 51 acres on the south side of Sullivan are now a part of the city, according to a news release from Lamb, who has been touting annexation since taking office last year.

The south annexation brings approximately a half dozen homes into the city limits and at least three existing businesses, Lamb told the Tribune-Star last week. This is the first successful annexation for Sullivan since 1956, he said.

Businesses and residents in the south area were already receiving city police and fire protection as well as “city water, provided by Indiana-American Water Co.,” Lamb said. “We’re not asking them to pay any more in taxes than any other city residents,” he said.

The annexation of the 51 south acres still leaves a much larger area of Sullivan County in the grip of a pending legal fight. This larger area, to the immediate north and west of Sullivan, includes dozens of homes and several businesses, many of which are fighting the proposed annexation in court.

A hearing for the northwest annexation is set for Sept. 12 in Sullivan Superior Court.

In a three-page, written ruling, Trout stated he dismissed the challenge to the south annexation because opponents failed to get signatures from at least 65 percent of parcel owners or from owners of more than 75 percent of the area’s assessed value.

That means the owners of 12 parcels would have had to sign the anti-annexation petition or owners of property with a combined assessed value of at least $481,200, Trout wrote.

As it was, owners of 10 parcels with a combined assessed value of $459,400 signed the petition, falling short by just two signatures or $21,800.

Trout also dismissed an effort by the southside opponents to join forces with those in the northwest. That’s not allowed under Indiana law, the judge ruled, because annexed areas must be adjoining to be considered together. The south area is geographically disconnected from the northwest region.

“Those who are opposed to annexation cannot bolster their numbers by combining those numbers with the more populated north/west annexation area,” Trout wrote.

Sullivan mayors have been considering annexation for more than 50 years, Lamb stated in a news release issued last week. “We are simply executing a plan that is literally decades in the making. The South Annexation is simply one piece of that plan, and we are pleased to welcome this area to Sullivan.”

While Lamb welcomed the victory, he acknowledged in the phone interview with the Tribune-Star that the bigger battle lies ahead. The northwest region consists of more than 1,000 acres and roughly 300 residents. If successful, annexation of that area would bring an additional $286,000 in new tax revenue into the city’s treasury each year. The average household in the area would see an increase in its annual property taxes of about $380, Lamb told the newspaper in June. He added that homeowners would see a drop in their sewer fees and trash hauling fees, if the annexation withstands the court challenge.

The Sullivan City Council adopted two annexation ordinances, one concerning the south properties and the other the northwest parcels, in late 2012.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Fighting Rages Amid Mideast Truce Push Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity