Rep. Messmer has also been very supportive of Hoosier veterans and military bases. This year, he authored HB 1052 to expand the definition of “military base” to include the Glendora Lake Test Facility in Sullivan County. The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane uses this facility for missile tests and other important functions. Local governments are unable to take action concerning planning or zoning within three miles of the perimeter of a military base without first notifying the base’s commander. By adding the lake to the definition of “military base,” this provides Crane an opportunity to preempt any actions by a local government which would impede their ability to operate the base.
“I cannot thank my fellow legislators enough for this unexpected honor,” said Rep. Messmer. “Every representative that I have had the pleasure to serve with brings tremendous dedication and vitality to our capitol, always working to make a positive difference for Indiana. It is with bittersweet emotions and a lot of wonderful memories that I retire from serving House District 63. I will always cherish my time in the Indiana House of Representatives.”