Despite some opposition, Defiance officials are moving forward with annexation plans, and in fact, more annexations could be coming.
City council passed a resolution back in April stating the city’s intention to enforce its annexation policy. That policy says that properties that are receiving municipal water outside the city limits — but contiguous to its boundaries — would be required to request annexation within a specified period of time or have their municipal utilities discontinued.
Letters sent out earlier this year gave the first group of properties until Aug. 9 to comply. Most did, resulting in at least 10 petitions for annexations.
City officials say more annexation petitions are likely in the future.
A second group of letters targeting more properties for annexation is going out soon.
Those property owners also will have a specified period of time to initiate annexation proceedings or have their water shut off.