Burien annexation for White Center/Boulevard Park/etc.? Meet ‘Resolution 323′; city manager ‘encourages’ passing it

The “packet” is out for next Monday night’s potentially pivotal Burien City Council meeting discussion – and maybe a vote – on whether to officially get White Center/Boulevard Park/rest-of-North-Highline annexation off the launch pad.

The resolution is ready to go – Resolution 323, to be specific, and its subtitle is all of the following:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BURIEN, WASHINGTON, CALLING FOR THE ANNEXATION, BY ELECTION, OF CONTIGUOUS UNINCORPORATED TERRITORY TO THE CITY OF BURIEN LYING IN AN AREA EAST AND SOUTH OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE CORPORATE BOUNDARIES, THEN GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FOLLOWING 12TH AVENUE S. (IF EXTENDED) BETWEEN S. CAMBRIDGE ST. AND S. 96TH ST., THEN SOUTH OF S. 96TH ST., BETWEEN 12TH AVENUE S. AND SR-99, THEN SOUTH ALONG SR-99 TO THE CITY OF TUKWILA CORPORATE BOUNDARIES, THEN SOUTH ALONG THE CITY OF TUKWILA CORPORATE BOUNDARIES TO THE CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF BURIEN, REFERENCED AS THE NORTH HIGHLINE ANNEXATION AREA.

The text of the resolution calling for annexation ensues. It’s followed by this explanation of how the process would go, if the City Council formally sets it in motion (and their options include rejecting the motion or delaying it, so there’s no guarantee this all will be settled on Monday night):

GENERAL PROCESS FOR ANNEXATION BY ELECTION
1. City Council approves a Resolution calling for annexation by election.
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.

Read the entire motion toward the end of the packet. It is preceded by the traditional cover sheet for packet info, which includes this notation: “The city manager believes that all the significant, material information on the subject has been presented and discussed and encourages the council to adopt the resolution that would advance annexation of the North Highline Area.”

The meeting’s at 7 pm, Burien council chambers, on Monday (October 3rd).


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8 Responses to “Burien annexation for White Center/Boulevard Park/etc.? Meet ‘Resolution 323′; city manager ‘encourages’ passing it”

  1. I certainly don’t want to be part of Burien. Sigh.

  2. We, also, do NOT want to be a part of Burien!

    Why can’t they JUST leave us alone?

    They keep insisting that we want to join them but

    WE DON”T WANT TO JOIN BURUEN!

    LEAVE US ALONE!

  3. “Alone” is not an option, according to the state. Somebody has to annex urban unincorporated areas – unless somehow they can form a city all their own. So here, unless that somehow happens, it’s going to be either Burien or Seattle, eventually. Certainly as we have previously reported, there are voices in Burien lobbying for delay – but eventually it’ll be one or the other.

  4. Mike Martin will benefit finacially from an annexation. Any annexation would be a change in contract and would need to be negotiated. As the city expands, so does Mr. Martins compensation. There is no rush to annex. Obviously as citizens we’re concerned and the council should recognize that.

  5. Do you have proof about Martin’s compensation if the annexation goes through? I’ve been following the WC annexation issue for years and never once seen or heard anything to back up your statement.

  6. I am sure that is not the only reason behind the Annexation George. King County is pushing this whether we like it or not. The previous Annexation has not left enough tax income for there to be any chance for North Highline to become their own city. We need to focus on what is before us, not ifs. Seattle shows no interest and Burien already benefits from us who shop in Burien. Our property tax dollars go to the Highline School District. It would just make more sense to go with Burien.

  7. I have a suggestion for George. George can go to the Burien City Council meeting this coming Monday evening at 7 PM. Mike Martin and the BCC will be there and during the public comment period George can get a straight up answer concerning whether or not “Mike Martin will benefit financially from an annexation”. There you go. Since there should be plenty of media coverage the answer will make the news so all who do not attend will have an answer as well as those of us who do.

  8. Karen and WC, why not? Enlighten someone who’s just now reading about this (forgive me) and thinking it would benefit NH/WC/etc.