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March 28, 2013

Plainfield annexes Washington Township land

Property owner fought involuntary annexation by Avon

A farming family that fought involuntary annexation into Avon offered no such resistance when Plainfield took them under its jurisdiction this week.

The Plainfield Town Council voted unanimously to annex the Grundy family farm at its March 25 meeting. The property is about 125 acres in the southeast corner of Washington Township near Perry Road. The Grundys reportedly signed a voluntary annexation with Plainfield.

Last fall, Avon’s town council considered annexing the Grundys’ property against their wishes. Washington Township Trustee Don Hodson was in favor of the annexation because he said it would protect the tax base for fire protection in Washington Township. Having property taken by a municipality outside of the township would dilute the tax base, he said.

“The folks who are left would have to pay higher taxes,” Hodson said at an Avon Town Council meeting in December.

The Grundys contended they didn’t want to be annexed by anyone.

“They really have never wanted their farm in any town,” Mel Daniel, legal counsel for the town of Plainfield and an attorney who represented the Grundys, said at a December Avon council meeting. “They’re farmers, they’re independent, and they like being independent. All the Grundys have ever asked for is the right to be left alone.”

Daniel did not respond to a telephone call and e-mail for this story.

In a letter published in the Nov. 10 Hendricks County Flyer, Denny Grundy wrote that Avon attempted to annex his farm about six years earlier, and only stopped after he told officials the farm would remain an agricultural operation.

Among his reasons for not wanting to be included in Avon or any town was that ordinances may be adopted that would have an adverse effect on his farm or raise taxes with no subsequent increase in services provided by the county.

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