LOWELL | The town is heading west.
The Lowell Town Council unanimously adopted fiscal plans and gave preliminary approval Monday to annex 117 acres along Ind. 2 west of the town.
That paves the way for the possible annexation of the Republic Services construction and demolition landfill property, a notion broached earlier this year by Councilman Don Parker, D-3.
Eventually, town leaders have said they would like to expand the western boundary to Hwy. 41.
Three parcels make up the annexation which is not expected to be completed until next year. They are the 80-acre Holm property, the 27-acre Kasenga property and the 10-acre Umlauf property.
There were no public comments.
Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, unsuccessfully sought to halt further annexation probes that would incur even greater legal fees until the current annexations are complete.
"We all know annexation isn't cheap," Kuiper said. "Most of the time we pride ourselves on staying in our budget. We're way, way out," he said.
Parker said he opposed putting a lid on spending related to annexation because no one knows what might come up.
Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, and Robert Philpot, R-2nd, followed suit.
In another matter, the council approved spending $3,937 to upgrade the lock system at the Lowell Police Station.
Chief Eric Matson said the system hasn't been changed for 20 years. "We need to be accountable for all the keys and locks," he said.