Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the city will pursue legal action against contractors and residents on the outskirts of the city who have been receiving city services for the past eight to ten years. He says those receiving the services signed documents promising not to resist annexation if the city chose to pursue that route.
“And they signed a contract that they would waive their right for remonstrance if we provided city sewers. So for the past eight to ten years they’ve been receiving city sewers. We maintain them. Now, we asked that they hold up their end and they’ve decided to renege on their part,” Goodnight said.
Goodnight says the city will try to recoup payment from the individuals and businesses benefitting from free sewer service. He says the city will likely file suit.
“I believe we can and are planning on doing that. There are people we feel filed a frivolous contention to this,” Goodnight said. “Yeah, we’re going to seek financial remedy. As we should. I feel like I owe to the taxpayers to do that.”
Goodnight says the city will likely miss a December 31st deadline to approve either of its annexation ordinances. State law bars annexations from happening in the year before a census year. With the 2010 Census looming, Goodnight says his administration will likely have to try annexation again in a few years.