Annexation resolution reached

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The Town Council presidents from Zionsville and Whitestown have reached an agreement governing the proposed Eastern Worth Township Annexation.

Dawn Semmler, Whitestown Council president, and Jeff Papa, Zionsville Council president, negotiated an amicable resolution to the overlapping annexation areas.

The Whitestown Council approved the resolution on March 12, and Papa said he would ask the Zionsville Town Council to do the same. What the council will be asked to approve is this: Zionsville will withdraw its annexation proposal from most of the overlapping area, with the exception of some parcels who strongly want to be in Zionsville, and Zionsville will retain the areas that Whitestown was not claiming. If the Zionsville Community Schools requests that its property in Whitestown be disannexed, the Boone Meadow School building and one additional property owned by ZCS would move from Whitestown’s corporate jurisdiction to Zionsville’s.

“This in no way affects who goes to Zionsville or Lebanon schools, just the corporate town boundaries which include the physical geography of the ZCS properties,” Papa said. “Also, the owners of several parcels on the south side of Whitestown Parkway and County Road 700 East may decide to move their properties from Whitestown to Zionsville if they choose.”

Papa also said that Zionsville will pay for half of a new traffic signal to address the issues at the intersection of Whitestown Parkway and County Road 700 East if the above-mentioned parcels annex to Zionsville.

This is all subject to approval by Zionsville’s council.

“Whitestown’s council has already agreed to this,” Papa said.

The Zionsville Town Council will discuss and likely vote on this proposition at a special meeting on April 4 at 7:30 a.m.

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