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January 20, 2011

Brownsburg annexation issues create ripples

BROWNSBURG — BROWNSBURG — Intuition can be a funny thing. It’s that little gnawing feeling that says, “Something here is not quite right. I can’t put my finger on it just yet, but something is up.”

Some Brownsburg residents are saying just that over the long standing issue of annexation facing the town and its surrounding townships.

The proposed annexation of the Northern Acres, Northwood, Burns, and Starkey communities into Brownsburg has been a hot topic in the area for some time. Things are heating up again now that future resident Eric Willman and his wife Catherine are building a home in the Northwood subdivision and seeking annexation for their lot by the town. The Willmans have already been approved to have use of the town’s water and sewer and their new neighbors are questioning why they continue to seek annexation.

As voiced in last week’s town council meeting, some believe it’s for political gain. Willman is part of the Brownsburg Plan Commission and was the 2010 president of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Some of his neighbors believe those seats have afforded him a little extra wiggle room in the construction of his home.

Northwood resident Tom Harris said, “I agree that it should be all or none of us. If it’s just for political gain, I don’t think that’s right.”

Todd Barker, director of the plan commission, attested in last week’s council meeting that Willman had in fact met all the fees correlated with annexation and that his home meets the code of Brownsburg’s zoning ordinances. Willman has also agreed to pay any future fees associated with the cost of annexation, if the subdivision ever moves forward with it.

Still, a few Northwood residents aren’t buying it. A number of residents came before the council expressing concern over the fairness of a single lot being annexed into the town for any reason, citing an “all or none” belief.

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