LOWELL | Some members of the town council want to head west.
Councilmen Don Parker, Edgar Corns and Robert Philpot agreed to have letters of inquiry sent to the owners of five properties along Ind. 2 west of Lowell. Notably, two of those are owned by waste-hauling company Republic Services, where a construction and demolition landfill is in operation.
Councilmen Craig Earley and Phillip Kuiper, opposed the measure.
Earley said he believes the council should be unanimous in its support of any annexation steps.
Kuiper said the properties are not now contiguous to town borders and should not be considered until an 80-acre site at the southwest corner of Ind. 2 and Austin Avenue has been annexed, and "I"ll vote no if the landfill is involved."
Parker asked Town Attorney David Westland to press for a response from the family group that owns the 80 acres.
Last year, Parker said he was frustrated by the time spent discussing annexation without any property being annexed.
Terry Zona, general manager at the Newton County Landfill, whose area includes the Lowell landfill, declined comment on a possible 80-acre expansion as well as Republic's willingness to be annexed into Lowell.