Annexation angst

Monday night's (Feb. 11) City Council meeting was informative as it was enlightening. As a resident of the Bowe addition, a previously recommended area for annexation, I was extremely interested in the volumes of unanswered questions regarding annexation. The attendance at the meeting made it very clear I was not alone.

Issues ranging from water rights, to city services, to whether or not the city could actually afford to incorporate the proposed areas abounded. Testimony from property owners, business owners and attorneys representing affected individuals made one thing crystal clear in my mind; the city planning department, whom the city council relies upon for critical city matters utterly dropped the ball, didn't do their homework, and completely missed the bus, train and plane on this whole annexation issue. Several times throughout the hearing, the City Council made it clear that annexation was something they knew very little about. Several members referred to the process as "Annexation 101." If I were the mayor or any of the City Council members, I would be asking some very serious questions as to the credentials of the "planners" and their administrator.

Richard D. Lee

Hood River

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