Initial Hearing Date Set for Geist Conservancy District

Agreement Reached with Marina Limited Partnership and Citizens Energy to Not Oppose Conservancy District Formation

August 25, 2020 – GEIST RESERVOIR, IN – Hamilton County Courts issued an order setting the initial hearing date for the Geist Conservancy District formation on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 am. A written notice will be issued within 45 days of the hearing to all stakeholders in the proposed Geist Conservancy District. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the hearing will be held virtually.

After working with legislators to amend the Indiana Conservation Act in April that instituted tax caps, user fee limits, and removed eminent domain, organizers were able to reach an agreement in June with Citizens Energy and the Marina Limited Partnership to not oppose the Geist Conservancy District formation. Citizens Energy and the Marina Limited Partnership were the only two parties that had entered appearances with the courts.

“Now that we have the Indiana Conservation Act amended to address our stakeholders’ biggest concerns, including the concerns of Citizens Energy and Marina Limited Partnership, we have received several more petitions of support,” said Cory Peter, President of the Geist Lake Coalition which is funding the Geist Conservation District formation.

About the Geist Lake Coalition

The Geist Lake Coalition is an Indiana nonprofit corporation formed in 2000 with the mission of addressing and upholding the longevity of Geist Reservoir. Since their early days, the all-volunteer group have been the stewards of Geist Reservoir organizing clean-up days, educating people within the watershed of fertilizer best practices, and tackling invasive Eurasian milfoil and aquatic weeds. For more information, visit GeistLakeCoalition.org.

About the Geist Conservancy District

Organized as a subcommittee of the Geist Lake Coalition, the Geist Conservancy District encompasses approximately 3,900 freeholders in 40 neighborhoods that surround Geist Reservoir. Over the past few years, organizers have been educating residents within the proposed district of the costs and benefits of creating a special benefits taxing district. Under the Indiana Conservancy Act (IC 14-33), organizers were required to obtain the signatures of at least 15% of the stakeholders within the proposed district – they obtained more than double the requirement. For more information, visit GeistConservancy.com.