Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Annexation opponents uncertain of appeal

November 18, 2004

For those living in the newly annexed area south of the city, status as Lansing residents may not be final.

"Right now it's all up in the air," said Herman Visocsky, representative for Citizens Against Lansing Annexation, an organization that opposed the annexation.

He said his group's members had not made a final decision on whether to appeal the Leavenworth County Commission's approval last week of Lansing's petition to annex about 1,300 acres.

"There are attorney fees; it's a lot of money," he said of the cost of an appeal.

Under Kansas law, residents of the affected area have 30 days from the time of the decision to file an appeal. Although there has been no action thus far, residents still have about three weeks to file.

An appeal would be filed in district court. If the court finds the decision of the commissioners is not supported, the annexation could either be reversed or given another hearing, said David Van Parys, county legal counselor.

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