City of Menasha files lawsuit against Fox Crossing


WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The City of Menasha has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Fox Crossing, asking for the intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Menasha and the Village of Fox Crossing be declared invalid.

The suit alleges the City of Menasha owns property within the newly formed Village of Fox Crossing.

“Territory that the Town and Village included in the August 17, 2016 intergovernmental agreement lies within the area set forth in the Town and City of Menasha April 13, 1998 Intermunicipal Agreement,” reads the document obtained by Action 2 News.

Until earlier this year, the Town of Menasha and City of Menasha were part of an agreement dating back to 1998.

In April, Town of Menasha residents voted to incorporate with the Village of Fox Crossing, and the new agreement was approved in August.

In September, the Fox Crossing Village Board unanimously voted to change the boundary and make the Town of Menasha’s east side part of Fox Crossing.

The lawsuit claims the September annexation petition “affects territory that lies within the City of Menasha growth area” that was included in the 1998 agreement between the town and city.

The City of Menasha claims it has spent funds on infrastructure, construction, reacreation, roads, and utilities, and the Fox Crossing annexation means it will not be able to “fully utilize its growth area.”

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 14. The Village of Fox Crossing has 20 days from receiving the summons to respond.