Burien Council Votes To Consider Voting On Annexation At Next Meeting

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by Ralph Nichols

Burien City Council members voted 4-3 at Monday night’s (Sept. 26) meeting to consider next week a draft resolution to annex unincorporated North Highline.

Their action directed City Manager Mike Martin to draft the resolution and place it on the agenda for discussion at the Oct. 3 council meeting.

Councilman Gerald Robison introduced the motion to bring forward the annexation resolution near the end of another lengthy council discussion on the issue, which included comments and questions from the public.

Mayor Joan McGilton, Councilwoman Rose Clark, and Councilman Gordon Shaw also supported the motion.

Deputy Mayor Brian Bennett, Councilman Jack Block Jr., and Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak voted no.

Although council members will finally have a formal annexation resolution before them, it is unlikely they will vote to proceed with the process next week.

Shaw said he supported the motion since the discussion of annexation issues will continue after introduction of the resolution.

Earlier in the meeting he restated his support for annexation, but only if there is an “ironclad guarantee” that Burien will receive the full sales tax credit of $5 million a year for 10 years to help offset costs, which was authorized by the 2009 Legislature.

In making the motion, Robison said “the longer the city delays, the longer we lose the ability to influence” King County not to overload North Highline with low-income housing.

“This isn’t annexation. There will be another vote to approve the annexation resolution … and then proceed” with submitting it to the Boundary Review Board.

At any step along the way, Martin told the council, they could vote to pull back until such time as the issue was voted on by North Highline residents.

But Block disagreed. While he “would love to see that area be part of Burien,” Block said it is “too soon to move forward” because “there are too many unanswered questions…. I have real concerns about moving forward. My first and foremost duty is to the current citizens of Burien.”

Bennett agreed the motion for an annexation resolution “is timely … but I am not yet prepared to move forward.”

A full report on Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting is coming soon.

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3 Responses to “Burien Council Votes To Consider Voting On Annexation At Next Meeting”
  1. Get a clue burien city council says:

    But this issue wasn’t fast tracked, we are not going to decide this issue by the end of august……well I guess that turned out to be true, it was by the end of October.

  2. Truthseeker says:

    I attended the meeting and addressed annexation (which I oppose at this time) and mentioned that the city of seattle is NOT pursing annexation of the North Highline/ White Center area at this time or in the near future.
    I mentioned this because I felt an inordinate amount of time was spent discussing what would happen to the Northhighline annexation area if Seattle annexed it.
    I found it somewhat disconcerting when the residents comments were finished with, that Council member Robison took issue with this and stated that my information was incorrect and that the city of seattle had staff members currently working on annexation as an active issue.

    I decided to re-confirm what I had already been told and again called Mayor Mike McGinns office and was told that>>> NO the city of seattle is NOT actively pursuing annexation of the north highline/White Center area at this time or in the near future.
    I also called the Seattle City Council and was told the same thing.
    I don’t know where Council Member Robison go his opinion from, but it was incorrect.

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