Lowell exploring legal action on annexation

2013-07-27T18:02:00Z 2013-07-27T22:19:06Z Lowell exploring legal action on annexationMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 27, 2013 6:02 pm  • 

LOWELL | After hoping to amicably resolve a property owner's opposition to annexation, the Town Council has decided to actively pursue the matter through its attorney.

Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, was opposed.

"I think it will cost the town a lot of money," Kuiper said of anticipated legal fees. He said there would be no harm in letting the matter sit for a bit because the town has no urgent need for the property.

Ken Novak's property is at 18007 Holtz Road. Last year, his property was temporarily withdrawn from consideration for annexation due to inaccurate information provided by Lake County.

It had been one of eight "pocket" annexations, or smaller areas surrounded by town property.

The interest in annexation was reactivated in January.

Gary Heiser and Wesley Pratt, of 17705 Holtz Road and 17707 Holtz Road, respectively, filed suit to oppose annexation. Accommodations were made, and their properties have since been annexed.

Councilman Donald Parker, D-3rd, pursued a final resolution in the matter and was supported by Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, and Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2nd.

The council unanimously approved the recommendations from the Lowell Plan Commission to adopt a new zoning map and a future land use map. Both are aimed at positioning the town for growth.

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