Pasco annex hearing postponed to Oct. 22

By the Tri-City HeraldOctober 16, 2012 

A hearing about a lawsuit to prevent Pasco from annexing the area of Franklin County known as the "doughnut hole" has been postponed to Oct. 22.

The matter was scheduled for Monday in Franklin County Superior Court, but Leland Kerr, Pasco's attorney, asked for a continuance.

Members of Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation filed the lawsuit in September to stop the annexation of an area between Road 52 and Road 68, south of a Franklin County Irrigation District canal.

The lawsuit claims that some of the utility agreements used to start the annexation were invalid because they weren't properly notarized.

The city is asking a judge to dismiss the case. A response filed by the city claims that it wasn't necessary to have the documents notarized anyway, and that the people who filed the lawsuit misread the state's annexation law.

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