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Auburn possibly to annex Pacific? City officials to meet, discuss situation
The Auburn City Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Auburn City Hall to discuss potential annexation of the City of Pacific and to consider a letter of intent to annex its neighbor to the south.
At its most recent council meeting, the City of Pacific passed a resolution to dissolve the City, and it has until Dec. 28 of this year to pull it back. After that, the law requires a citizen vote in February to dissolve the City.
In the meantime, the City of Pacific has come to the City of Auburn asking to annex to it.
Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis will use Friday's meeting to update the City Council about the developing situation.
At the beginning of Monday's regular 7:30 p.m. council meeting, City directors will report to the council as much information as possible about the consequences of annexation.
Lewis said the City has not taken an official position on this at all yet, but both cities have to do what is required under law. That is, both have to draft an ordinance and a resolution requesting annexation to Auburn. The law also requires a public meeting in one of the cities.
"Frankly, I'm doing everything I can to try to keep the City of Pacific whole, in existence," Lewis said. "Auburn is doing everything it can to assist its neighbor. Our aim is to keep Pacific in existence."