Turf battle: Dayton moves to annex property requesting to go to Lafayette
Town board, claiming land should be in Dayton, jumps after property owner temporarily pauses request to become part of Lafayette, announces its own annexation plan
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DAYTON MOVES TO ANNEX LAND ALREADY AIMED FOR LAFAYETTE
Still steaming over the prospects that Lafayette could annex land just north of Dayton, leaders in the small town just east of Lafayette upped the turf war by initiating their own annexation plan for the property.
The Dayton Town Board, during a special meeting Wednesday, unanimously laid out its intent to take in what it was calling the North Dayton Annexation Area, stretching from Interstate 65 to homes on either side of Dayton Road, all south of Haggerty Lane.
The move came two days after the town board pleaded with the Lafayette City Council to back off a voluntary annexation plan for 97 acres near I-65 and Haggerty Lane – property Dayton officials contend was always intended to be part of the town of 1,500 people just next door to Lafayette.
“We are seizing the moment on the advice of our attorney,” Jen Manago, Dayton Town Board president, said. “What Lafayette’s doing might be legal, but it feels sort of icky.”
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