Evansville village board moving forward with annexation of road

Last September, the Evansville Village Board had expressed interest in annexing a section of Schuline Road as the first part of squaring up the village’s zoning map. At the village board meeting on Monday night, they continued to move forward in this process.

On Dec. 27, 2018, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners agreed to give over the jurisdiction of approximately a quarter mile section of Schuline Road, also called Broad Street inside of the village, from Sixth Street to Evans Drive.

Monday night, the village trustees discussed the annexation and the ordinance to approve the jurisdictional transfer and to add it to their municipal street system.

Trustee Justen Kempfer had not been in attendance at the September meeting, so his first question was why would the village want this section of road.

Village President Erwin “Red” Becker noted that the plan is to eventually annex the houses along that section of road, but they cannot do that without annexing the road first.

“Are the people okay with that?” Justen Kempfer asked.

“No, but we’re annexing them in anyway. They’ve been getting our services,” commented Becker, pointing out that while currently these people technically live outside of the village, they enjoy the village water and sewer services as well as protection from the fire and police departments.

Trustees Nancy Schilling and Joy Kessler added that the village would receive additional taxes, and this would increase the village’s census which provides additional benefits. 

Village Clerk Beth Wunderlich pointed out that the village could possibly get additional motor fuel tax funds to help with their maintenance of the road. 

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.