Chandler and Newburgh will be in court yet again. They currently await a decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals over who has the right to supply municipal services in overlapping areas. Now, Newburgh is trying to block Chandler's ordinance to annex State Road 62 to the Vanderburgh County line.
Attorney Chris Wischer represents Newburgh and he claims Chandler's annexation is illegal. He says under Indiana state law at least 1/8 of the annexed area's boundary must coincide with Chandler's current boundary. "Having done the math, I don't think it's close. I don't think it's close. And it might be in chandler's best interest to rethink it and repeal their ordinances," said Wischer.
Wischer says Chandler under Indiana law could annex up to 3,200 feet of land along State Road 62, but Chandler wants to annex much more than that, 3.1 miles of land. "And that isn't even close to being legal," said Wischer. Chandler only wants to annex the highway and its right of way, no private property. So why do private land owners want to stop the annexation? "It's not this step, it's step two our clients are worried about." Wischer says if this annexation is allowed it would give Chandler the opportunity to annex a sizeable portion of western Warrick County off State Road 62. "And these property owners don't want that to happen."
The Town of Newburgh owns a piece of land just off State Road 62 where they say they intend to build a sewer utility. "So Newburgh has every interest like any other land owner to challenge," said Wischer.
Evansville and Vanderburgh County are growing rapidly towards Warrick County and two competing towns are jockeying for position at the county line for the right's to the development what's yet to come.
Chandler representatives declined to comment on the record.
A hearing is set for December 23rd in the Warrick County Superior Court.