MAN — Man Town Attorney Adrian Hoosier discussed the latest delays to the ongoing proposal to annex Man High School and a neighboring shopping plaza to the town of Man at the August 11 council meeting.
A proposed election in the matter was still not taken place and Hoosier told the council a decision was needed on property owners and votes in regards to the annexation motion.
Several years ago employees at Man High School had approached the council about getting the school into the town’s limits following an emergency situation where police assistance from Logan was cut off due to road work on Route 10. In time some business owners also approached the council about the topic saying they wanted to be annexed to get extra police coverage. At one point the town looked into annexation by minor boundary adjustments that would only affect those who wanted to be included in the town’s limits. When that idea did not move forward following a group of protestors the town looked into the matter again last year and began work on having an election to decide the issue. Once again a small group of mostly the same protestors came forward in opposition to the idea. While school employees and businesses see the proposed annexation as a good idea noting that it would open their area up to local police coverage from the Man Police Department those who opposed the idea claimed they felt it would lead to speed traps. Town council members admit that they feel the proposal would be a win-win for the businesses that would get extra police protection and the town, which would get a little extra business and occupation taxes both now and in the future as the area expands.
“I would like to file a motion to make the town a third party plaintiff in the motion filed by the challengers,” Hoosier said on Monday evening.
Hoosier said that if the motion was approved it would save the town some money during the litigation process.
“It would allow the court to make decision at the Circuit Court level or kick it up to the Supreme Court,”
Hoosier said, adding, “It is a unique event that led to this.”
Hoosier said he had checked the court schedule for docket days on the matter and had filed an amendment to the documentation and requested a hearing. Hoosier said he would also ask the courts to decide how many ballots would be needed and other matters pertaining to the proposed election. “We are having to litigate everything,” he added.
“We could hear something by the end of the month,” Hoosier said, noting that such things can be time consuming.