- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

RAVENNA, Neb. (AP) - A woman who opposes the city of Ravenna’s plan to annex her farm and other land south of the city has gotten a judge to temporarily stop the process.

Sylvia Yanda filed for a restraining order on Oct. 30 in Buffalo County District Court before a final reading of an annexation ordinance could take place at Monday’s Ravenna’s City Council meeting, the Kearney Hub reported (http://bit.ly/1NWUJ4t ). At a hearing Friday, a judge kept the restraining order in effect to allow Yanda’s lawyer time to respond to a brief that the city’s attorney submitted.

The city has been working since 2013 to annex the 240 acres known as the Beaver Creek Addition, as well as a 36-acre Lions Addition nearby.

Yanda has protested the annexation at several City Council meetings. Her land is zoned agricultural and has been in her family since the late 1800s. In court records, Yanda says she believes her land could be destroyed by water and sewer lines the city wants to install.

She’s also worried she’ll be forced to give up or sell the land to the city. But Ravenna Mayor Peg Dethlefs said that is not the city’s intent.

Annexation is an opportunity for the city to grow as a whole, Dethlefs said.

“It’s more land that people get funding from the city to use (tax-increment financing) funds,” she said. “If it’s annexed, they can use those funds to bring a business in.”

No other hearings on the injunction have been scheduled yet.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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