Kokomo City Council Approves Annexation

The city council approved Monday the annexation of land on the southeast side of the city.

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Some residents started a petition drive to limit the city's expansion.

Updated Nov. 27, 8:30 a.m.

The Kokomo City Council approved unanimously the annexation.

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Kokomo’s city council expects a large turnout at its tonight to discuss the city’s plan for, and residents’ subsequent concerns about, the proposed annexation of land on the city’s southeast side.

One city councilman says he believes plenty of public comment against the move will be allowed.

The annexation encompasses a portion of Taylor Township and would add more than 1,200 residents to the city. Many of those people, who have started a petition drive in an effort to limit the city’s expansion, are expected to express their displeasure at tonight’s meeting.

2nd District Councilman Bob Cameron says his main concern is repetition.

“I think we’re gonna let everybody hear, but it cannot be redundant on the same topic. They have to have something different than what has been hashed over every time,” Cameron says.

Cameron also says unless a comment becomes a filibuster, the council has no plan to cut commenting short.

“It’s gonna be kind of like it was in the last annexation we had several years ago only this is probably gonna be more so because there’s a school involved in it,” Cameron says.

The annexation would include nearly 4,000 acres, affecting the Taylor Community School Corporation. Calls to the law firm representing the remonstrators were not returned Monday.

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