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City begins annexation of 5-acre parcel

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A five-acre parcel of land on the city’s south side is a step closer to being annexed into the city.

On Monday, members of the Crawfordsville City Council voted 6-0 to bring the 5.18 acres at 2326 S. U.S. 231 and its associated right-of-way into the city limits. The council’s action was the first reading of the proposed ordinance. Two additional readings are necessary before the ordinance can be approved.

In related matters, the council unanimously approved the fiscal plan associated with the proposed annexation. The plan states the annexation was made voluntarily by the property owner; will add $2.4 million to the city’s assessed value; and increase the levy by $42,000. No negative factors were associated with the proposed annexation.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted on second reading an ordinance establishing a non-reverting fund for the South Industrial TIF district.

• Approved resolutions finding the following property owners are in substantial compliance for tax abatement purposes: Closure Systems International, CPM, Kroger Pace Dairy and Historic Whitlock.

• Tabled the second reading of an ordinance regulating the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the city.

• Approved an ordinance enacting and adopting the 2022 Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the city.

• Heard from Councilman Andy Biddle, who recently toured the city’s waster water facility with fellow councilman Stan Hamilton. Biddle praised the employees for the work they do for the city and residents.

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