Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 30, 2013

Lebanon scales back annexation plan

By Sarah Lang
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Lebanon is pulling back its front lines in an annexation war over the land in Worth Township.

Though the city was originally seeking roughly 13 square miles of land, Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis said Thursday, Jan. 24, that he is now looking to annex just two square miles in southwest Worth Township.

“We started looking at it, and to take the whole area at this time is just not the practical thing for the city to do,” he said. “We’re trying to be prudent with taxpayer dollars, and I think it just makes sense to cut back.”

The area the city now plans to annex is roughly a rectangle encompassing the land in between County Roads 200 South and 400 South to the north and south, and County Roads 400 East and 500 East to the east and west — two square miles.

The annexation battles began one day after Election Day on Nov. 6, when a Whitestown-Worth Township reorganization plan was defeated in the general election via a referendum question. The defeat, with final tally of 61 percent of the votes (1,120) to 39 percent (716), opened the door for Zionsville to annex the area, which it began the morning of Nov. 7. Zionsville Town Council President Tim Haak said the council did not discuss the annexation until the residents of Worth Township contacted Zionsville, expressing concerns about being annexed into Whitestown.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.