Sullivan moving on after failed annexation

SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) The city of Sullivan’s plans to double the city’s size have fallen by the wayside. But as the annexation plans fail, what happens to the other plans?

The last two years in Sullivan, Indiana brought many heated arguments stemming from the city’s plan to annex the nearby county areas. In December of 2013 a remonstrance brought the city before a Wabash Valley judge.

“Well obviously Judge Trout didn’t rule in our favor last December,” Clint Lamb mayor of Sullivan said. “Which is disappointing. The city at that time, the city officials, decided to go forward with the court of appeals in January. We unfortunately got the decision we weren’t looking for this week. “

That leaves two options on the table: Try for a re-hearing or take the case up to the Indiana Supreme Court.

“That’s gonna be up to city officials,” Lamb said. “We’ll talk to other city officials and people in the administration and our legal counsel. Not exactly sure.”

So what does this mean for the city’s bigger projects?

The mayor said he hoped to use the annexation revenues for upcoming city projects. He pointed to the Wolfe and Frakes streets rehabilitations.

“We hope our friends in the county will take up on the Frakes street project,” Lamb said. “Obviously that’s outside of city limits and we hope they take care of that. As far as the Wolfe street project we’re still gonna go to INDOT. “

The mayor says he believes they can continue projects like They Gotta Go’ for blighted homes and the Central Plaza Project.

It’ll just take federal grants and planning.

“Whether it’s tax dollars, whether its utility fees whatever the case may be,” Lamb said. “Every dollar that comes into city hall we’re gonna make sure it’s re-invested in the city of Sullivan.”

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