LOWELL | The Town Council on Monday approved annexing four parcels totalling 117 acres along Ind. 2 west of Lowell.
It paves the way for westward growth toward U.S. 41.
Council President Edgar Corns said in February he favored the move to the west because it's shorter than heading to Interstate 65 and the Illiana Expressway would spawn a business development corridor along U.S. 41.
In addition, Corns said annexing farther west would capture the Republic Services landfill. The town could then negotiate for landfill tipping fees as a new revenue stream, he said.
The council also gave preliminary approval to annexing 4.2 acres at 18007 Holtz Road on the town's east end.
The council directed Town Attorney David Westland to actively pursue annexing that property owned by Ken Novak in July. Innacurate information provided by Lake County resulted in withdrawing the 4 acres from consideration for annexation.
Westland reported Monday that Novak, through his attorney, had expressed a willingness to be annexed, but had subsequently ceased contact.
The council agreed Monday to press forward with the annexation. A public hearing will be scheduled and another meeting for the council to give its final approval.
Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, noted that Novak might opt to come into the town willingly anytime during that process which will take more than two months.