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June 12, 2013

Annexation services being hammered out in Sellersburg

SELLERSBURG —

The Sellersburg Town Council continued to tackle requirements related to its annexation of Covered Bridge and the Willows subdivisions and its ongoing water projects.

“Because of the annexation, we do need to redistrict the town of Sellersburg,” said Sellersburg Town Attorney Jake Elder. “And accordingly, inside of our annexation ordinance, it’s stated that the district will be number five ... in the ordinance we need to designate a specific area for number five.”

Elder explained that currently Sellersburg’s District 5 representative is At-large Town Councilman Brian Meyer. He added the council has two options in moving forward with redistricting: that the council could opt to hold town-wide elections for all districts or designate a council member in the specific area, to be the District 5 representative.

“What I would like to see us do, if possible, is move forward with five districts, no at-large, eliminate my position ... and Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz can come up with the numbers for where those districts are,” Meyer, who lives in Sellersburg’s District 2, said. “To take it a step further, that each district would only vote within their district, they would choose their own representative out of each of the five districts.”

Engineering firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz Inc. would be responsible for drawing the maps that would delineate the districts.

Meyer continued and asked how the council would go about staggering the terms of the council members.

“We need to have two terms that are staggered so that we don’t have five new people coming in every time,” he said.

Elder said the town council would be able to pass ordinances to enact the term changes.

The council agreed to move forward with the plan to restructure the districts with no at-large representative and to allow Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz to map out the new territories.

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