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April 5, 2013

Family responds to annexation dispute

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PLAINFIELD —

Through their attorney, Mel Daniel (also Plainfield's legal counsel), the Grundys had told the Avon Town Council they didn't want to be annexed by anyone. Grundy describes Avon's annexation attempts as "bullying tactics." He wrote that Avon officials told Daniel they'd leave the Grundy property alone if they dropped their remonstration.

"Faced with these unbending demands that stripped us of our legal rights, we were forced to take action, and if it was Avon's plan to trick us into going to Plainfield, they could not have done a better job of it," Grundy wrote. "We, to this day, don't want to be in any town, but were forced to pick the lesser of two evils, so we asked Plainfield for 'voluntary annexation.'"

Avon Town Manager Tom Klein previously stated that they offered to withdraw their annexation attempt if the Grundys withdrew from their agreement with Plainfield.

"Only after Avon failed to meet the legal time requirement of voting on their annexation ordinance did Avon offer any agreement," Grundy wrote. "We were forced to act, because we did not trust Avon would not start the process all over again, and we had already spent too much of our money in defending against the first attempt."

He added that they rejected Avon's offer because, "Their agreement gave Avon sole decision-making over our property by our agreeing to a provision that allowed Avon to take us to court if, at a later date, we asked for a voluntary annexation by Plainfield, thereby eliminating our legal rights. Avon obviously wanted that provision in case the (potential consolidation of Avon and Washington Township) failed at the ballot in 2014."

Michael Rogers, president of the Avon Town Council, previously stated that their comprehensive plan, which was updated in 2005, called for annexing all open farm land into Avon. Grundy noted Indiana is one of only three states that still allows involuntary annexation, and that movements are underway to eliminate it.

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