Judge tells neighbors Lafayette, Dayton to mediate annexation lawsuit
Lafayette’s attorney asks if middle ground is even possible, as Dayton’s suit reaches the courtroom for first time. Plus, Armstrong Park renovations wrap up. Judge tells Steve Buyer no delay on prison
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JUDGE TELLS LAFAYETTE, DAYTON TO MEDIATE ANNEXATION LAWSUIT
A judge on Tuesday gave Dayton and Lafayette until late January to try to mediate their differences as attorneys for the small neighboring town contest Lafayette’s annexation this summer of acreage on the east side of Interstate 65.
But during the first court hearing since Dayton sued Lafayette in August, a lawyer representing Lafayette said he wasn’t sure what mediation would do, with Dayton asking to wipe out the voluntary annexation landowners requested for 132 acres near I-65 and Haggerty Lane.
“I’m not hopeful that we’re going to make a lot of progress,” Jeffrey Stemerick, an Indianapolis-based lawyer representing Lafayette, told Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Sean Persin Tuesday afternoon.
“There’s no real compromise,” Stemerick said. “It either goes forward or it doesn’t.”