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Burien Council To Hold Special Meeting On Annexation Monday, Sept. 19

Burien City Councilmembers will continue their discussion of the potential annexation of the North Highline at a special meeting Monday, Sept. 19.

No date has yet been set by the council for a vote on whether to proceed with annexation of “Area Y” (aka North Highline), the remaining unincorporated area between Burien and Seattle.

After hearing from representatives of fire, water and sewer districts, who reported on how annexation would impact their service areas, council members asked City Manager Mike Martin Monday night (Sept. 12) to provide them with a variety of annexation-related financial details at next week’s special meeting.

Except for the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department, which said annexation will cost it about $1 million a year for an emergency medical aid car in North Burien, district representatives said their services would be unaffected or better off if Burien – not Seattle – annexes North Highline.

Councilman Gordon Shaw also asked for a comparison of the actual costs of Burien’s 2010 annexation of “south” North Highline with earlier cost projections by Berk Associates.

Annexation is also on the agenda for the council’s Sept. 26 meeting, including an expanded comment period by residents.

The meeting will be held at Burien City Hall (400 SW 152nd Street) starting at 7 p.m.

If you were unable to attend (or view) Monday night’s meeting, you can view a streaming video of it here [1].

A more in-depth story on this topic will be posted soon.

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