Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 20, 2013

Goshen City Council to annex Lippert property

By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Goshen City Council members Tuesday voted on second reading to approve an annexation agreement with Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc. involving a 56-acre plot of land.

Lippert, a supplier serving the manufactured housing, recreational vehicle and cargo/horse trailer industries, reportedly will develop the property for company uses.

The two-parcel plot of land is located north of C.R. 40, east of Corrie Drive and west of U.S. 33 — an area located outside, but contiguous to the city limits. Upon annexation, the property will be zoned Manufacturing-1 Industrial.

Referencing sewer and water needs for the property, Lippert has agreed to pay the city’s standard utility connection fee for the parcels when connections are made, as well as any sewer and water inspection costs and any future sewer or water tap-on fees. Lippert has agreed to construct a water main within the city right of way along the north side of C.R. 40 from Corrie Drive to the property when such a water connection becomes necessary.

The City Council has agreed to reimburse Lippert for the cost of the water main construction from tax increment funds generated by the taxes on the property. A similar agreement was also made regarding the extension of sewer mains to the property

Lippert will also designing and construct a drainage plan that will retain all stormwater on the property.

Other Business

In other business, the council:

• Voted to reaffirm the need for a Housing Authority for the city of Goshen. The council cited concerns that there continues to be unsanitary or unsafe dwelling accommodations inhabited in the city and a shortage of safe or sanitary dwelling accommodations available for persons of low income at rentals they can afford as reasoning for the vote.

• Approved an additional appropriation ordinance totaling $41,837. Of the total amount approved, $30,000 will go toward payment of overtime for the Goshen Fire Department, $7,705 involves unused funds connected to fencing at Fidler Pond Park being appropriated back into the EDIT Contract Service fund to go toward other projects, and $4,132 involves unused funds connected to the Monroe Street Bike Path being appropriated back into the Cumulative Capital Contract Services line for use in future projects.