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December 14, 2012

Avon, Washington Township look into consolidation plan

AVON — The Greater Avon Study Committee has presented its case for consolidating Washington Township into the town. Now it's up to the town and township boards - and ultimately the voters - to approve it.

The committee presented its plan for reorganization at a public meeting Tuesday in Avon Town Hall.

"This is not our job to get into the nitty-gritty details of who gets paid what and what benefits there are," committee chair Edward Martin said of their work. "It's our job to see what the big issues are and resolve them to the best of our ability."

The presentation was split into six sections: governance, infrastructure/administration, parks, public safety, zoning and planning, and finance.

With governance, the town council would have nine members in the first year of consolidation, including the township board and trustee. It would convert to seven members a few years after that.

Both parks departments would merge, with a transition council responsible for its initial staffing and funding. The new department would be responsible for all cemetery maintenance in the township.

Under the new infrastructure and administration, there would be no change to utility service in Washington Township and the trustee's office would be eliminated.

With public safety, the Avon Police Department would stay as is and continue providing service to residents in the current town limits. The rural district currently known as Washington Township would continue to be policed by the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department.

All planning and zoning approvals would fall under the responsibility of one Avon Planning and Building Department, specifically with an advisory planning commission and a board of zoning appeals. Matt Bailey, chair of the subcommittee on planning and zoning, also noted that existing land uses would be grandfathered in under the plan.

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