The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2024
New Year Brings Upcoming Court Proceedings, Opportunities to End Annexation Disputes
County Residents Against Annexation reminds interested members of the public to ‘Mark your calendars.’
Monroe County, IN—While the New Year brings many changes within the City of Bloomington government, court proceedings related to the last administration’s attempts to complete multiple, simultaneous involuntary annexations are still ongoing.
First up, a hearing concerning the constitutional claims made by the City on the waiver issue is set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 8. The Honorable Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon will preside and members of the public are welcome to attend. The hearing will take place at the Justice Building located at 301 N. College Ave.
“During that hearing, the judge will consider the State Attorney General’s request that the Court dismiss the waiver cases against annexation areas 1C, 2, 3, 4, and 5 because the City dismissed identical cases against annexation areas 1A and 1B,” explains County Residents Against Annexation (CRAA) President Margaret Clements.
And on Monday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m., a five-day bench trial concerning the former City administration’s attempt to annex areas 1A and 1B is also set to begin. Likewise open to members of the public, the trial will take place at the Justice Building located at 301 N. College Ave., and the Honorable Lawrence County Judge Nathan Nikirk will preside. “Owners of properties located in areas 1A and 1B are represented by legal counsel,” Clements says. “We encourage anyone with an interest in either of these court proceedings to mark your calendars and plan to attend.”
Outside of the upcoming court proceedings, the new City of Bloomington administration could decide to abandon the previous administrations’ attempted involuntary annexations. “Just as the City of Bloomington unilaterally and involuntarily attempted to annex property in the county, only the City of Bloomington can unilaterally end the dispute,” Clements explains.
CRAA is a non-partisan, 501c3 public charity. Tax deductible donations may be mailed to: CRAA, PO Box 5774, Bloomington, IN 47407. To learn more visit www.craa.in.