Kokomo Landowners Launch Petition To Stop Annexation

Kokomo's mayor says the city is unlikely to change its plans in response to the opposition.

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Kokomo is planning to annex part of its southeast side into the city limits.

As landowners on Kokomo’s southeast side mount a petition drive to try to stop the city’s plans to annex the area, Kokomo’s mayor says he thinks it is unlikely the city’s plans could be changed to accommodate the unhappy parties.

“This issue is about being proactive as a community and really protecting our business corridors from speculative developers and investments that may be detrimental to the community as a whole,” Mayor Greg Goodnight says.

He says he feels the city needs to control the land around the U.S. 31 corridor, especially as the bypass around the existing road is completed. Still, it may be untenable for the city to create a patchwork plan which annexes only those homeowners in favor of annexation and excludes detractors. Goodnight says he hopes to come to an agreement with the remonstrators before the issue goes to court.

“Any time I can keep from paying an attorney I’m always going to try to do that,” he says.

A Kokomo financial planner, Mick Owens, is leading the remonstrance effort, but declined comment on the issue Tuesday. Calls to a law firm representing the petitioners were not immediately returned Wednesday.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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