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April 5, 2013

Family responds to annexation dispute

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PLAINFIELD —

"Our position is a lot of this vacant land is going to be developed," Rogers said. "Even with farm land, we've found sooner or later it's going to be sold. When it's developed, we want to be in the position where it comes before our plan commission instead of the county's."

"It's not that we're doing anything new," he said of the situation with the Grundys. "They were leading people to believe we were singling them out and we weren't."

Replied Grundy, "We simply exercised our legal right to fight against an involuntary annexation. Since, to our knowledge, no other family/group has fought the town of Avon on an involuntary annexation attempt, they were shocked and took offense to our legal right to act."

Rogers had questioned what Plainfield has to offer the Grundy family.

"It's put us in the position of not being able to wait and see what Plainfield's going to do," Rogers said.

In response, Grundy wrote, "We were repeatedly told and also have in writing that Avon's reason to involuntary annex our property was their desire to Ôstiff arm' Plainfield out of the township. Remember that we received no response from Avon from Plainfield's letter of not involuntary annexing our property, which would have placated Avon's fear."

In regard to Rogers saying history shows that Plainfield is going to be aggressive when it comes to this, Grundy wrote, "To our knowledge, and we checked, Plainfield has never involuntarily annexed any farming property in Washington Township. Avon can't say the same. Therefore, all the owners of farmland in Washington Township, which is now within Plainfield's boundaries, decided that Plainfield had something more to offer them than Avon did."

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