Kleinhenz expounded on some of the services and benefits that would be offered residents should the annexation become a reality.
“Police protection,” Kleinhenz said. “The town, within our corporate limits, provides regular patrols through all neighborhoods, sometimes as much as two or three times a day. They will have the benefit of that. Some other benefits are street maintenance, street planning, as we look at major thoroughfares like County Road 700 or 800, we can apply for federal and state funding to improve those roads and bring them up to a standard that improves drainage.”
He added that the town’s comprehensive plan also calls for another interstate crossing near the edge of Lincoln and Brown townships that is not currently in town limits. He said they wanted to get that area in the town so they’re not spending dollars outside of the community.
He and Sawyer acknowledged that residents might have concerns, and that is the motivation for the public meeting to be had in May.
“We anticipate that residents will have questions, concerns, and potentially, objections about annexation,” Sawyer said. “Town leaders have placed a big emphasis on government transparency, and our goal is to make available as much information as we can on how residents in the proposed annexation areas will be affected and what municipal services will benefit them.”
Kleinhenz urged residents who have questions to call town offices.
“We’d hope people would call us to get those answers before (the public hearing),” he said. “We know residents have a various range of concerns, impact to taxes, what benefits are there, what happens to drainage, our fiscal plan, and how we’re going to provide services.”
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