Landowners confident annexation will get repealed

BROWNSBURG (WISH) – Hundreds of people fighting to keep a Hendricks County town from expanding could see their wish start to come true this week.

Last summer, Brownsburg council members voted to annex 4,500 acres of land in order to make room for the town’s growing population.

But they ran into a resident roadblock, people who said they didn’t want to be a part of Brownsburg.

Later this week, the town council can vote on whether or not to repeal the annexation.

The group that’s been fighting it said the town’s attorneys have been willing to negotiate on a smaller annexation, but the opposition wants no part of it.

We spoke with town officials today about that supposed “negotiations” between the attorneys, but they wouldn’t comment on conversations happening between the two legal teams.

Those opposed to the annexation feel enough council members are now on their side, so trying to work out an agreement would diminish all their hard work.

“Their negotiation is a much smaller annexation area. That would mean we would have to be selling out some of the people that’s against it,” said Sabrina Graham. “So we were like no, we don’t want to negotiate, we want to go to court and win.”

But winning isn’t guaranteed, even though hundreds of property owners inside the annexed land are on her side.

Of the 1,193 parcels in the annexed land, Graham needed at least 65% or 776 people to sign the annexation remonstrance. She said they gathered 842.

“Just because we get our signatures doesn’t fix the problem, you have to go to court unfortunately,” she said.

“They’re trying to dismiss the annexation remonstrance saying that we do not have the required signatures for just various reasons because of the dates that we acquired some of the signatures,” along with other reasons Graham mentions.

But she said her legal team is confident those signatures will hold up.

Now it’s just a matter of getting three out of the towns five council members to repeal the annexation altogether.

Town leaders feel adding the 4,500 acres of land is necessary since Brownsburg continues to grow. It would also help the town better plan infrastructure changes involving roads and sewer systems.

But Graham said that land, and hers in particular, isn’t up for grabs.

“We want to be here, we want to be in the country, we don’t want to be in the town,” she said.

The repeal was first brought to the council last month, but one member wasn’t at the meeting so it had to be tabled.

Town officials said it’s possible that could happen again this Thursday since another council member might not be able to attend the meeting.

The hearing over the motion to dismiss the annexation remonstrance is Tuesday night.

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