LOWELL | The Lowell Town Council moved one step closer Monday toward expanding its boundaries to the west.
A public hearing on the annexation of 117 acres was held with no comment offered from the public or the council.
The council is scheduled to consider final approval of the annexation Oct. 28.
The acreage along Ind. 2 would pave the way for the eventual annexation of land on which Republic Services operates a construction and demolition landfill, town officials said.
Earlier this year, Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, and Councilman Don Parker, D-3rd, toured the landfill.
Parker said Republic officials expressed interest in becoming part of the town, an idea he said he finds attractive.
The council has chosen to direct its expansion to the west and toward U.S. 41, in part because it costs the town less than going east toward Interstate 65.
Financial consultant Greg Guerretaz said Monday the fiscal plans have been completed for the Holm property of 80 acres, the Kasenga property of 27 acres and the 10-acre Umlauf property.