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Tell City will unveil annexation plans soon

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Common council will decide what areas will be brought into city

By VINCE LUECKE
Editor

TELL CITY – Tell City residents – and others living in areas that may become part of the community – will soon have a chance to view a committee’s annexation recommendations.

The committee, whose members include Mayor Barbara Ewing, City Council President Gerald Yackle and the heads of utilities and police and fire departments, met last week to consider a revised map showing what areas may be proposed to the full city council for annexation.

That body has the final say on what areas will be sought for annexation and will take up the issue before year’s end, Ewing said. A formal presentation is not expected at this evening’s council meeting but a special session could be called for later this month. If not, annexation could be on the council’s Dec. 2 agenda. The process includes publishing legal descriptions of areas the city wants to annex as well as a remonstrance period.

The committee has been at work for much of 2013 identifying areas near the city. A preliminary map the News has seen shows annexation areas along Indiana 237, including the new Perry County Memorial Hospital now under construction.

“It’s an annexation plan for future development,” Ewing said.

Areas along the Indiana 37 corridor are also possible annexation areas, as well as land near Greenwood Cemetery and near Burglen Hills.

A major part of the committee’s work has been creating a fiscal plan that details how much it will cost the city to provide utilities and other services such as police and fire protection. Many of the areas are already served by one or more city utilities. The city faces the cost of reimbursing Southern Indiana Power for lost revenue as well as lines and other infrastructure it owns in areas that are eventually annexed.