Fire annexation could be on February ballot

Published on Thu, Oct 16, 2003
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Fire annexation could be on February ballot

The city of Blaine is continuing to move toward fire annexation with fire district 13, and the issue will likely be on the ballot in February 2004.

The city of Blaine has been in an interlocal agreement with fire district 13 since 1999. The agreement essentially says that the district provides fire service to the city of Blaine for five years, and the city is now in its fourth year of the five-year contract. Prior to 1999, the city had been running its own fire department.

The agreement states that �the district and the city recognize that a successful contractual relationship should be converted to a more permanent alliance as soon as possible. Therefore, no later than one year from the commencement date of the agreement, the district and the city will begin annexation discussions. Costs for all annexation work shall be jointly approved and shared equally by each party.�

Following the city council�s passing of an ordinance stating the city�s intention to annex in June and fire district 13 adopting a resolution, the boundary review board was notified of the issue. It is currently under a 45-day review period, which ends October 24, said city manager Gary Tomsic. Following the review, county council will vote on the issue.

�It appears we�re moving towards a February election,� Tomsic said.

In order for this to pass, the vote must pass by majority in both the city of Blaine and fire district 13.

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