Franklin County commissioners plan Tuesdayto update Riverview residents about what they discovered during annexation discussions with Pasco and Franklin Fire District 3.
Franklin County Commission Chairman Brad Peck said the commission committed to reporting back to citizens last fall when commissioners started to talk to the city and fire district about an interlocal agreement to annex the so-called "doughnut hole."
Pasco, Franklin County and Franklin Fire District 3 have been talking about an annexation of about two square miles of county land using a process that allows an interlocal agreement among the three entities. About 4,000 people live in the area, most of them between Sylvester and Argent roads, and roads 52 and 100.
Peck said the county has participated in discussions for several months without much progress.
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But they do have a matrix that Peck said he has come up with that compares living in the current Riverview area and what it would be like if it became part of Pasco. That will be shared at the public meeting held 7 p.m. Tuesday in the historic courtroom at the Franklin County Courthouse.
After receiving a petition from citizens to incorporate the Riverview area into its own city, Peck said the commission felt it was important to suspend annexation discussions to allow an incorporation process to happen.
Some citizens of the Riverview area presented county commissioners with a letter in May informing commissioners that they would like to incorporate themselves into their own municipality, possibly called Riverview City.
Roger Lenk, who lives in the area, said a public hearing about the petition will be at 7 p.m. June 13 at TRAC. Then the county reviews the petition and returns it to the petitioners, including Lenk, who will go after the signatures needed to place it on the ballot for the residents to take a vote.
Lenk said they need at least 10 percent of the registered voters in what he calls the island area to sign the petition. However, he and others intend to get the same number of signatures that would be needed for the measure to pass once placed on the ballot.
They are proposing a contract city, where they would have an elected city council, but no payroll, buildings or equipment, Lenk said. Essentially they would re-annex into districts and contract to keep the same services they have now with existing taxes.
"We are happy the way it is," he said.
The county has not taken a position on annexation, Peck said.
"We think it is very important to respect the voice of the citizens who live there," Peck said.
Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins said the county has stopped talking to the city about annexation and does not seem interested in an interlocal agreement.
Representatives from the city, county and fire district were discussing legitimate concerns of what could happen if the residents were annexed into the city, Watkins said.
With the lack of county involvement, Watkins said the city will look at other options.