Plaintiffs in the Bloomington annexation court case have invoked an Indiana law to receive more time for remonstrance, according to a County Residents Against Annexation press release.
The law grants extensions for official proceedings “if an emergency exists or arises by reason of war, insurrection, pestilence, or act of God which prevents the performance of an act that is essential to conserve substantial rights.”
The plaintiffs argue the COVID-19 pandemic falls under pestilence. Margaret Clements of the County Residents Against Annexation said several remonstrators contracted COVID-19 during the remonstrance period.
The City of Bloomington’s legal team said there is no legal basis for a grant of additional time.
If the court sides with the plaintiffs, residents will be granted an extension of the remonstrance period.