“When we did do the annexation, there were a couple of properties in the back of Covered Bridge and/or the Willows that were not encompassed, and the Autumn Ridge subdivision was cut in half,” Elder said.
He added that some of those property owners may be interested in a voluntary annexation into Sellersburg. It is expected that those interested in joining the town will come before the council in the next month or so to make the request, Elder said.
A timeline also was outlined for the town to provide non-capital services to Covered Bridge and the other annexed areas.
“We had to file the annexation ordinance with five different agencies,” Elder said. “To try and find a definitive date is going to be a little bit difficult, so to preserve that I would say July 31 would be the best date to operate off of.”
By choosing the July 31 date, Sellersburg would be within the one-year time frame in which the town needs to provide non-capital services to the annexed area. Non-capital services include fire and police protection, as well as sanitation service and building and zoning regulations. Elder also said that the council representative for the annexed area would be Councilman Brian Meyer, who was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.
“According to the ordinance ... the town council district after the annexation would be that of Sellersburg District 5,” Elder explained. “Our district 5 is our at-large district.”
He added that the council could address or change the districts and the assigned representatives when it completes its redistricting plan.
TAX ABATEMENT APPROVAL
The renewal of three tax abatements nearing the end of their 10-year terms were approved at Monday night’s meeting.
An abatement for IRJ, LLC, located along Progress Way, was approved, which is scheduled to end in 2016. Another property, Tyler Rose Properties on Progress Way also saw its abatement renewed. The 10-year abatement is scheduled to end next year.
The final abatement approved Monday was for Dan and Joan Evinger for the veterinary pet clinic on Old State Road 60. It is the last year that the Evingers will receive a tax break for their business.