Give Now  »

News Contact IPM News Indiana Public Media News

{ "banners": { "tv" : [ {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYuMn%2bAFYFwp%2bq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-29-21-wtiu-wicked-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1630209600000", "endingDate" : "1630295940000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYuMn%2bAFYFwp%2bq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-15-21-wtiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629000000000", "endingDate" : "1629086340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYuMn%2bAFYFwp%2bq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-16-21-wtiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629086400000", "endingDate" : "1629345540000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYuMn%2bAFYFwp%2bq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-19-21-wtiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629345600000", "endingDate" : "1629604740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYuMn%2bAFYFwp%2bq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-22-21-wtiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629604800000", "endingDate" : "1629691140000"} ], "radio" : [ {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-14-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1631592000000", "endingDate" : "1631678340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-20-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632110400000", "endingDate" : "1632196740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-21-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632196800000", "endingDate" : "1632283140000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-22-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632283200000", "endingDate" : "1632369540000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-23-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632369600000", "endingDate" : "1632455940000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-24-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632456000000", "endingDate" : "1632542340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-25-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632542400000", "endingDate" : "1632628740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-26-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632628800000", "endingDate" : "1632715140000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDBNR&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flgkr2wNtsqwhq1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-27-21-wfiu-bnr.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632715200000", "endingDate" : "1632783600000"} ] }}
{ "lightboxes": { "tv" : [ {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYtDgsQprWuZNm3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-29-21-wtiu-wicked-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1630209600000", "endingDate" : "1630295940000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYtDgsQprWuZNm3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-15-21-wtiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629000000000", "endingDate" : "1629086340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYtDgsQprWuZNm3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-16-21-wtiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629086400000", "endingDate" : "1629345540000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYtDgsQprWuZNm3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-19-21-wtiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629345600000", "endingDate" : "1629604740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WTIUMCLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=2T6mTyo6yYtDgsQprWuZNm3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/8-22-21-wtiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1629604800000", "endingDate" : "1629691140000"} ], "radio" : [ {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-14-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1631592000000", "endingDate" : "1631678340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-20-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632110400000", "endingDate" : "1632196740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-21-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632196800000", "endingDate" : "1632283140000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-22-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632283200000", "endingDate" : "1632369540000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-23-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632369600000", "endingDate" : "1632455940000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-24-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632456000000", "endingDate" : "1632542340000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-25-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632542400000", "endingDate" : "1632628740000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-26-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632628800000", "endingDate" : "1632715140000"} , {"url" : "https://indianapublicmedia.secureallegiance.com/wtiu/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=WFIUFDLB&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=tAXekcDG%2flizvLEFSbjC6m3L5BYddGq6PVAl6UEf65g%3d", "img" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/images/banner-images/9-27-21-wfiu-lightbox.jpg", "startingDate" : "1632715200000", "endingDate" : "1632783600000"} ] }}
{ "item" : [ {"text9" : "IUCU", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev1/STREAMING_PREROLL_IUCU_220530.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev2/uits-preroll-1.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev2/uits-preroll-1.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev2/uits-preroll-1.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev2/uits-preroll-1.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev2/uits-preroll-1.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "UITS", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_UITS_210825.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "Needmore", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev3/STREAMING_NEEDMORE_201201.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "Community Lincoln", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev4/STREAMING_PREROLL_COMM_LINCOLN_190423.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "Southern Indiana Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/STREAMING_PREROLL_SO_IN_AESTHETICS_210915.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "IU School of Ed", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev6/STREAMING_PREROLL_IU_SCHOOL_OF_ED_220401.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "Dan Williamson Insurance", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev7/STREAMING_PREROLL_WILLIAMSON_RESCH.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "Mallor Grodner", "numRolls" : "1", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/wp-content/themes/ipm-radio/player/streaming_prerolls_corpdev8/UNA6325_MALLOR GRODNER LLP_NEW_MG.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} , {"text9" : "WFIU in-house - KEEP AS ITEM 9", "numRolls" : "6", "file1" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/generic-MC.mp3", "file2" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/generic-GW.mp3", "file3" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/generic-AC.mp3", "file4" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/generic-CB.mp3", "file5" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerolls/generic-DBJ.mp3", "file6" : "https://indianapublicmedia.org/podcasts/audio/prerollls/generic-KY.mp3", "enableSlot" : true} ] }
true true true true true true
true
true
true
true

City Council Adopts Remaining Annexation Areas, Residents Pledge To Remonstrate

Annexation City Council Final Vote

City council members convene on Zoom for Wednesday night's special session final annexation vote. (Zoom)

Still far from over, all seven proposed Bloomington annexation areas have been adopted.

City Council members only got to Area 1A a week ago after approving fiscal plans and recessed.

The other six areas each passed by a 6-3 vote during Wednesday night’s special session Zoom meeting. Kate Rosenbarger, Sue Sgambelluri, Jim Sims, Matt Flaherty, Isabel Piedmont-Smith, and Steve Volan voted yes. Ron Smith, Susan Sandberg, and Dave Rollo voted no.

The city recommended northernmost area 7 be dropped from the annexation proposal – it was dismissed unanimously.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton called Wednesday night’s vote, “historic steps to right-size the city after 17 years.”

The annexation amounts to around 8,357 acres and 14,027 people.

“I want to thank the council members who supported this appropriate expansion of our city boundaries, and thank the community for the extensive public engagement and discussion about this important public issue,” Hamilton said in a statement.

“I believe Bloomington and our entire region will grow stronger as a result of these actions, as we move forward formally to include a wider circle into our City. We look forward to welcoming our new residents warmly and working together for our shared future.”

“With this vote city employees and our many community partners can begin to prepare to serve our newest city residents once the annexation takes effect as scheduled in January 2024,” Hamilton said.

READ MORE: Pushing City Limits: Bloomington Annexation Coverage

Bloomington Annexation Map

How many of those areas the city will be able to annex in 2024 won’t be known for a while. Almost all public commenters spoke against annexation and plan to protest – or remonstrate.

Area 2 resident and local business owner Matt Andry said he wants no part of living in city limits because he’d be paying more in return for inadequate city services.

“To sit there and off-handedly suggest that because I chose to live outside that I’m not doing my share for this community – that is not necessary and should not be part of the way you’re making a decision around this,” Andry said.

Jenny Noble-Kuchera supports annexation and said she’s looking forward to the city benefits.

"I find it disheartening that I have neighbors around me who are just as positive and just as vocal within our neighborhood, but have yet to get on the Zoom,” Noble-Kuchera said.

Piedmont-Smith pointed out Area 1C includes a Habitat for Humanity community. She said they signed waivers negating their ability to protest annexation.

“They could appeal to Habitat for a renegotiation or modification of their mortgage payments and Habitat would be open to doing that,” Piedmont-Smith said.

Rollo said he’d be voting no for several reasons including his concern over the city’s ability to extend services to the new areas, the potential for sprawl, and the pandemic.

“I don’t think that an evaluation of the effect on low-income residents of these areas that are going to be annexed has been made,” Rollo said.

Volan said not annexing could be called reverse taxation without representation indicating those who live outside the city are using services paid for by city residents.

“I would urge people to study the history of cities,” Volan said. “If we didn’t annex, what kind of environment would we live in?”

What's next?

The remonstrance period begins for 90 days.

If 65-percent of the landowners remonstrate, then the annexation is invalidated. If 51-percent of the landowners remonstrate, then they can fight it through the court system.

But, certain properties have annexation remonstrance waivers associated with them – these are essentially agreements property owners signed that prohibit them from challenging annexation in exchange for city services, such as water and sewer. Many of the waivers date back years, and still stand even if the property changes hands.

But in 2019, the Indiana legislature put a 15-year cap on those waivers. That means any waiver prior to 2006 is invalid – according to the state law. The city has said this is unconstitutional and could be taken up in court.

READ MORE: Annexation Petitioners Going Door To Door; Mayor Says Remonstration Could End Up In Court

During the meeting, some asked why approve an area with little to no waivers forcing residents to remonstrate and causing even more ill-will.

County Commissioner Julie Thomas said less than 10-percent of Area 2 parcel owners have a valid waiver.

“You’re setting this up for a lawsuit and/or a really bad feeling among residents of the community. This is a hurtful, hurtful thing.”

The official remonstrance record will come from Monroe County Auditor Catherine Smith’s office. Smith says she could have results as early as mid-January.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Find Us on Facebook

Recent Business and Economy Stories