LOWELL | The Town Council is holding off on plans to annex nearly 55 acres on the town's north central border, but agreed Monday to annex eight areas totaling about 24 acres.
Councilman Donald Parker, D-3rd, said Lowell Clerk/Treasurer Judy Walters and financial consultant Greg Guerretaz advised that providing services to the 55 acres off of Morse Street south and north of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6841 would cost more than the town can now afford.
The VFW, although a not-for-profit that does not pay taxes, is not part of the town. Efforts to annex the VFW several years ago were met by strong objections from VFW leadership.
Of the eight areas given preliminary approval for annexation Monday, five are on the east end and will accommodate the construction of a medical center on the north side of Ind. 2.
Those being annexed are not required to hook up to the municipal sanitary sewer system until their septic systems need replacement.
Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook received approval to discontinue the town's water filter program begun 12 years ago when certain areas of the town had rusty, discolored water. While some people continue to pick up replacement filters from the town, he said he thinks those still in the program have problems in their systems. It costs the town $700 per quarter to provide the filters, Town Administrator Sue Peterson said.
Also, Shook was given the nod to seek bids for a new street sweeper. Walters said a 5-year lease purchase to be split by the streets, sewers and motor vehicle highway funds will make it affordable.
Also, the council agreed that recycling funds may be used to purchase mulch and a mower to be used in town parks.
"The parks' funds are thin right now," Walters said. She expects the cost to be around $3,000.
In another matter, the council set a work session for 6 p.m. June 25 to discuss the water supply evaluation and recommendation completed by Commonwealth Engineering.