LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - There's a new map for the proposed annexation of Logansport. City leaders attribute the changes to intense opposition.
The move comes less than a week after West Lafayette annexation plans saw similar changes.
There was a lot to see Monday evening as a new annexation map proposal was unveiled for the area just south of Logansport. The area bounded by the orange is still under consideration for annexation. The area in blue has been cut out.
"It seems like the council listened to us, so I'm very happy about that," says Cass County resident Lisa Hanson.
A consultant presented the amended map to the council Monday. Initial annexation plans were for 500 parcels on 3,200 acres including about 100 homes. Mayor Ted Franklin believes the new plans remove 59 homes from annexation.
"It's still going to work. We can still make it work. It's not everything that we had hoped for, but at the same time, we want to be as accommodating as we can for the residents," says Franklin.
Logansport Council President Joe Buck says, even with the accommodations, there's still enough land for new businesses to come to town around the Hoosier Heartland Highway under construction.
"It doesn't really change the economic development factors for us. I think it's a better plan for everybody involved," says Buck.
Both council members and residents point to a meeting earlier this month as important to bringing the two sides closer.
But it's not a done deal yet.
Residents still have concerns about how being annexed will affect their country lifestyle, with promised revisions to city ordinances like owning livestock and burning trash being worked on, but not adopted yet.
"They have started listening to us. Just as long as we keep the lines of communication open and everybody keeps working together, we'll get there," says Hanson.
City leaders hope to have revised financial calculations posted about the annexation by the end of the week.
A vote on the new map is scheduled for July 8.
Also Monday, the council approved up to $360,000 to buy a 2004 used fire truck with a 100-foot ladder to replace one that is 29 years old and does not work properly.
The trees is up and the decorations are set. Visitors are getting a special look at the Haan Mansion as Christmas approaches.
Several generations gathered Saturday to remember a day that will live in infamy. The day marked 72 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Downtown Lafayette transformed into a scene right out of Victorian England Saturday for Dickens of a Christmas.