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Huntertown looks to add by annexing

Move could bring in 1,500; hearing set May 21 on plan

Huntertown officials hope to annex an area between Gump, Dunton and Coldwater roads, much of it in the Twin Eagles subdivision.

The town is already providing water and sewer services to that area in northwest Allen County, but it’s unclear whether the annexation would be voluntary or involuntary.

Town Council members heard a financial report Monday from Stephen Carter of Carter Dillon Umbaugh LLC of Plymouth, who was hired in December to represent the town’s financial interests.

Carter was unaware of any annexation agreements that residents would have signed at the time they agreed to contract Huntertown utility services. The agreements would have prohibited them from remonstrating against future annexation.

“I think this case would be involuntary,” Carter said.

Council President Pat Freck said she was uncertain.

“That was way before my time on the council, so I can’t answer that,” Freck said.

The annexation would add about 1,500 people to Huntertown’s population, which the 2010 census listed at 4,810. The number in the area to be added is calculated by figuring three people per household, Carter said. The proposed area includes a section of Twin Eagles but not the subdivision’s “larger homes to the east near Coldwater Road,” Carter said.

“We annexed as much as we’re permitted under Indiana statute,” Freck said.

The entire subdivision includes 12 sections with a total of 364 lots, according to Patrick Rew, principal planner at the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

If the area is annexed, the town would get about $192,000 in additional revenue, mostly from county economic development and option income taxes, along with state funding for local roads and streets, which is based on road mileage and population, Carter said.

Carter advised town officials to update the most recent Census Bureau numbers to assure the town gets its fair share for population-based distributions.

A public hearing on the annexation will be May 21. State law requires that affected residents be notified 60 days before the meeting by public notices and certified mail. Notifications would have to be postmarked Saturday or earlier.

vsade@jg.net

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