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BREAKING: Burien City Council Votes To Move Forward With Annexation

This was the scene at City Hall just before Monday night's landmark Burien City Council meeting started. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

BREAKING: Toward the end of Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, councilmembers voted to approve Resolution #323, calling for moving forward in the process of annexing the remaining unincorporated North Highline area.

By a 5-2 margin, lawmakers voted to approve the measure, with Mayor Joan McGilton, Deputy Mayor Brian Bennett, Gordon Shaw, Rose Clark and Gerald Robison voting “Yes” and Lucy Krakowiak and Jack Block Jr. voting “No.”

After a 40-minute discussion about the Berk Report, at 9:21 p.m., councilmember Gerald Robison made a motion to vote on the Resolution. Rose Clark seconded the motion. After Jack Block Jr. commented against the resolution, a vote was taken.

The movement towards this decision has been gathering momentum for quite some time, with many residents voicing their concerns, as well as approval of annexation, including at the beginning of Monday night’s session (read our extensive, previous coverage here [1]).

The next steps, according to p. 73 of the council packet [2] (PDF file), is

  1. City Council approves a Resolution calling for annexation by electionDONE 10/3/11.
  2. City staff files a Notice of Intention with the King County Boundary Review Board (BRB) and invokes jurisdiction by filing a request for review with the Board.
  3. The BRB sets a hearing date, holds a hearing and issues a decision. The BRB can accept the proposal, reduce it by no more than 10% or deny the request.
  4. The BRB decision begins a 30-day appeal period (appeals go to Superior Court).
  5. City Council indicates to the County Auditor its preferred date for the annexation election.
  6. County Council sets the election on the date indicated by the City.
  7. The election is held.
  8. City Council approves an Ordinance providing for the annexation and establishing its effective date.

A full report will follow soon, so be sure to check back to The B-Town Blog for a full story.

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