Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Annexation ruling sides with city

December 16, 2004

The first round of the court battle over the annexation of 1,300 acres into Lansing goes to the city.

At Thursday's meeting of the Lansing City Council, Mayor Kenneth Bernard announced that a Leavenworth County judge had turned down a request for an injunction sought by two residents of the annexed area, Herman Visocsky and Mark Strein.

The two sought to have the judge issue a stay of the annexation - in essence reverse the annexation and stop city services in the annexed area - until the full case was decided.

Bernard said the judge again would consider the injunction at a hearing Jan. 3 with the full case being heard sometime in February.

The lawsuit filed Dec. 9 challenges approval of the annexation by the Leavenworth County Commission. The case originally was assigned to District Judge David King, but it was reassigned to District Judge Robert Bednar.

Annexation of the land, along both sides of Kansas Highway 7 to the Leavenworth-Wyandotte County line, went into effect Nov. 29.

Visocsky and Strein, in court papers, claim the 30 percent increase in their property taxes brought on by the annexation is not worth the increased services they will receive for being in the city.

Bednar will conduct an evidentiary hearing in the case on Jan. 3.

In other action Thursday, the council unanimously approved a citizen committee's request to allow it to interview professional land planning companies and recommend one to the council. If the council agrees to the hiring, the selected land planner would survey the community's residents and develop a conceptual plan for the new 126-acre parkland the city is purchasing.

For more on Thursday's meeting, see next week's Current.


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