Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 27, 2012 Annexation Meeting at Saddle Club

Good afternoon.
I just wanted to remind all that we will be meeting Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Franklin County Saddle Club to discuss Annexation options.
Options include reduction of City Limits once annexation takes place (RCW 35A.16) and Change in Plan of Government (RCW 35A.06). Both require petitions signed by a number equal to 10% of those who voted in the last municipal election (4,780 in 2011, so 478 valid signatures necessary, round up to at least 600). We estimate there are 1,000 registered voters in area 2, which the City plans to annex by the end of the year for financial and staffing reasons. We have also been approached by all the individuals who were annexed by the City in 2009 in an effort to collect $35,000 per year utility tax revenue from the ordorization plant, which the City never received. These folks live on Road 76, Ter Rey, Road 80 and Court, and will provide roughly 50 valid signatures.
Please let your friends and neighbors know about the meeting.
Thank you and let me know if you have any questions.
Roger Erich Lenk
1817 N. Road 76
Pasco, Washington 99301
(509) 542-0489

Sunday, June 3, 2012

County Commissioner Special Board Meetings Relating to Annexation and Incorporation

NOTE:  Please contact Roger Lenk at the e-mail below to get a copy of the attachments mentioned in the message below. 

Good afternoon.
Just a reminder about two (2) separate Public Hearings to be held by the Franklin County Commissioners.
The first is June 5, 2012, 7:00 pm at the County Courthouse, 1016 North 4th Avenue. This meeting is a follow-up to our August 31, 2011 meeting concerning the Fire Protection District No. 3/City of Pasco Annexation efforts. Attached is the Commissioner’s Agenda for that Special Meeting. We expect an update as to that effort, and solicitation of input as to what action the public wishes the County Commissioners to take.
The second meeting is related to our Petition for Incorporation submitted to Franklin County in accordance with Washington State Law RCW 35.02. That Public Hearing will be held on June 13, 2012, 7:00 pm at TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA. 99301. Attachment 2 is a copy of the public notice in the Tri-City Herald.
Please let your friends and neighbors know about both these important meetings and that this will be their only opportunity to provide input on the two separate issues. Also, please plan on attending both meetings to show your disapproval of annexation (June 5th), and your support to proceed with the incorporation efforts (June 13th). Both meetings are our only opportunity to provide input on preserving our lifestyles and property values.
Thank you very much.
Roger Erich Lenk
1817 N. Road 76
Pasco, Washington 99301
(509) 542-0489

Friday, June 1, 2012

Petition Information is out!

County Counsel advised that the Commissioners needed to set the public hearing for the Petition. The hearing will be June 13, 2012, 7:00 pm at TRAC.
Here is the story. I just got the news.
Gary was on the radio this morning, saying that the fire annexation is dead. He also threatened the Fire District that the City Council may not renew its contract for ambulance service. Lots of pressure being applied.
He also reinterred his regular babble about all remaining the same should the City take over. The hosts questioned him rather toughly.
No items related to annexation on the agenda for June 4th. Just an appeal from me of a planning commission agenda item. Les, keep your eyes on them.. I hope to be there Monday.
Roger Erich Lenk

1817 N. Road 76
Pasco, Washington 99301

(509) 542-0489

Petition filed for "Donut Hole" to
become separate city
Originally printed at
By Whitney Ward May 31, 2012
PASCO -- Neighbors have taken a big step forward in the fight against annexation of the Franklin
County "donut hole." They've officially filed their petition to incorporate into their own city.
Many of the residents have long said that is a better alternative that becoming part of Pasco, simply
because they want to maintain their rural lifestyle.
And now that the paperwork is filed with the county, it means Commissioners will hold a public
hearing to get input from both sides of the issue.
Action News has learned it is already scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th. It will be held at the
TRAC in Pasco at 7:00.
If Commissioners do approve the petition, then donut hole residents would have to get about 400
signatures to put the issue on the ballot. They tell KEPR the hope is to put it to a vote sometime in
The petition says the city would tentatively be called "Riverview." It would also be considered a
'contract city,' which means it would contract out for basic services like police, fire, and garbage.
And it would have a volunteer-based board or council that would make city decisions.
Pasco city leaders have been negotiating for months to reach an annexation agreement. City
Manager Gary Crutchfield tells Action News, if the "donut hole" neighbors continue to pursue
incorporation, city council members will have to decide if they will continue with plans to annex
the land anyway.
KEPR 19 | Petition filed for "Donut Hole" to become separate city | - Pasco, Washington Page 1 of 1 6/1/2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Incorporation Proceedings Update

We indicated that we would conduct meetings to answer questions regarding the initiation of Incorporation proceedings. Mark Macfarlin has scheduled the following informational meetings at John McLoughlin Middle School, 2803 Road 88, Pasco: Wednesday, May 16, 2012; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:00 am to 11:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm The Franklin County Commissioners has scheduled an evening meeting at the County Courthouse, 1016 N.4th Avenue, Pasco, on June 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm to seek comments and update residents of the Riverview Island Area. It is important to attend this meeting as it is the follow-up to our August 31, 2011 meeting with the County Commissioners. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BLOCK CAPTAINS: PLEASE MAKE NEIGHBORS IN YOUR AREA WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED WITH US IN THE PAST AWARE OF THE ABOVE.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Initiation of Incorporation Proceedings

From Roger Lenk Good morning. As you are now no doubt aware, after consultation with Block Captains in January, we met with the Franklin County Commissioners to advise them of our intent to initiate Incorporation Proceedings for the Franklin County Riverview Island Area in order to fend off annexation by the Pasco. The tentative working title will be the City of Riverview. Franklin County Commissioners agreed to suspend annexation negotiations with the City and Fire District in favor of allowing the residents of the Franklin County Riverview Island Area the opportunity to vote on their destinies. Such a vote is required in order to incorporate a City under RCW 35.02 . The second attachment(PLEASE CONTACT ROGER FOR AN ELECTRONIC COPY) is a matrix which compares the cost and regulatory impacts between living in the County and City. Contrary to what the City tried to have us believe, the cost of living in the County is less, with regulations less onerous. Franklin County Commissioners plan on scheduling an evening meeting for June 5, 2012 to review these findings, and report back to the community as to what occurred during the three (3) negotiation sessions. Here is the link to the annexation page from Franklin County, which also includes a map: We will be scheduling a series of meetings for the community in order to share the information concerning incorporation. I will provide information on such meetings as soon as it is available. The intent of this action is to keep all services the same and taxes the same by remaining in the Fire Protection District, Mid-Columbia Library District, County Road District, and contracting with the County for law enforcement and other services that we receive currently. In the near future, we will be asking your assistance in collecting petition signatures, and with other items which will be necessary to go forward. Thank you for your continued support. Roger Erich Lenk 1817 N. Road 76 Pasco, Washington 99301 (509) 542-0489

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


The next scheduled meeting will be posted here and a notice distributed via email.