Towns progressing on annexation plans


This is part of a continuing series of stories examining what to expect in 2014, from government to courts to schools.


HANCOCK COUNTY — Local towns will continue to move forward with plans for growth this year, wrapping up annexation proposals that were introduced in 2013.

But Fortville’s annexation plan, which caused the most controversy, remains in a state of limbo pending an April 21 trial date in which a remonstrance will be heard in Hancock Circuit Court.

“It’s a red-letter date on many of our calendars,” said Susie Whybrew, a member of the group called Fight Against Forced Annexation. “When that court date was set, we started encouraging people to mark their calendars and plan to be there.”

The Fortville annexation, which includes 65 homes, 644 acres, 97 parcels and 162 residents, is set to finally be decided at the trial. Vernon Township residents who do not want to see their homes or farms incorporated have made their case for months – 91 percent of affected residents signed a petition against the annexation – while town officials have said that the annexation is in the best interest of Fortville’s future.

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