Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 14, 2012

Zionsville sets sights on Worth Township

By Matt Werner/Times Sentinel reporter
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Zionsville started the process of annexing most of Worth Township just one day after a referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot that would have combined Whitestown and Worth Township failed.

The Zionsville Town Council had a special meeting Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, to begin the process of annexing Worth Township east of County Road 650 East, except for the area that is in Whitestown.

Officials from Whitestown and Worth Township drafted a reorganization plan, which was defeated during the general election by a final tally of 61 percent of the votes (1,120) to 39 percent (716). The defeat of the referendum question opened the door for Zionsville.

Town Manager Ed Mitro said discussions with residents of Worth Township began a couple of months ago.

“There was some discussion among the 60 percent (who voted down the question),” he said. “They did not feel comfortable becoming part of Whitestown; so, we are affording them the chance to become part of Zionsville.”

Council President Tim Haak said the council did not discuss the annexation until the residents contacted Zionsville.

“The people in Worth Township approached us first and foremost,” he said. “They said they would rather be in Zionsville than Whitestown because there was a possibility that Whitestown would have annexed the area even if the reorganization failed.”

See Wednesday's paper for the full story.