By Sophie Pappas
On Oct. 7, Boone County judge Rebecca McClure announced her decision in the debate between the neighboring communities of Whitestown and Zionsville.
This comes after Whitestown’s June filing against Zionsville, stating that the reorganization with Perry Township and the clause that this reorganization would be necessary for Zionsville to elect a mayor, was not legal.
McClure stated that Zionsville and Perry Township can not reorganize as one town, because Zionsville is only adjacent to the township, and Perry Township does not lie in the boundaries of where Zionsville can incorporate.
The ruling clearly states that: “Zionsville may not reorganize as a township with Perry Township.”
This ruling came just one day after the Zionsville Town Council announced its 2015 budgets, one that was made in preparation for a reorganization and one that was made in case the reorganization would not pass.
“The Whitestown Town Council is pleased with the ruling by Boone Superior Court Judge Rebecca McClure regarding Zionsville’s attempt to reorganize with Perry Township. We believe the right decision has been made and that it’s time to move on,” said a spokesman for Whitestown, Rick Hightower. “Further, Whitestown’s town attorney believes the attempt to reorganize with Perry Township was never necessary in order to allow Zionsville to have a mayor. All Zionsville needed to do to move forward with its desire to have a mayor was to amend its reorganization plan with Eagle and Union Townships.”