Annexation among Elkhart City Council decisions expected Monday

A final vote is expected on the first four areas targeted for annexation into the city of Elkhart.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.

ELKHART — Final approval of the city’s first four annexation properties will be considered by the city council on Monday, April 7.

Those approvals will be part of a busy agenda for the council, which could consider a handful of various votes when it meets at 7 p.m. at council chambers.

So far, the city’s vast plan to annex 16 areas – including 13 that could officially become part of the city Jan. 1 if all goes as planned – has not ignited much interest.

Mayor Dick Moore’s administration launched the annexation last year and much of the property includes sewer customers who receive service from the city.

A vote of approval Monday for the first phase that includes four areas would be the final step of action unless a formal demonstration of opposition surfaces.

The properties include an area adjacent to the municipal airport, land near C.R. 6 and C.R. 15, property near C.R. 17 and Middlebury St., and an industrial area known as Borg Road and Pierina Drive.

Council could also cast final votes on a series of requests from Moore on capital improvements. Those requests involve numerous plans to purchase vehicles and equipment for police, fire and emergency management and host of other items for the street department, buildings and grounds, and other departments.

A new issue the council will consider is a request by Moore involving money from the sale of Sims Oak Hills golf course. Moore wants to put the $1.3 million into the rainy day fund, which would avail it to numerous uses in the future. The rainy day fund has been used for emergency needs, among other things.

The golf course was auctioned off into several parcels on Oct. 19, 2013.

Ironically, the $1.3 million figure is very close to the amount the city would typically collect from compact sewer fees annually. The city is phasing out the compact sewer fee policy, which has provided a source of funding that also had a variety of uses.

Those revenues will eventually be replaced with new property tax revenues generated through annexation.


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