Pacific City Council meets tonight to discuss possible annexation to Auburn

Pacific City Council President Leanne Guier - Reporter file photo
Pacific City Council President Leanne Guier
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The Pacific City Council hosts a special meeting tonight at the Pacific Gym to discuss a resolution that would approve the city's annexation to the City of Auburn.

The special meeting follows a 6:30 p.m. City Council workshop, where a resolution approving the annexation of the 103-year-old city to its neighbor is expected to be drafted. The council is expected to vote on the resolution at the meeting.

The Auburn City Council, which held a teleconference Friday to consider the annexation, also meets on Monday and will likely discuss the issue, although no action is expected.

The Pacific City Council, which passed a resolution approving the possible disincorporation of the City at its last meeting, will find out Dec. 10 whether the City's insurance coverage will be canceled at the end of the year.

The City was notified in July that its current carrier was considering dropping coverage in response to the turmoil at City Hall since the election of write-in Mayor Cy Sun.

The City has been embroiled in controversy since Sun took office in January, and is facing lawsuits from former employees fired by the mayor in the amount of $11 million in damages.

Although the City has scrambled to replace department head positions left vacant since Sun took office, including the reinstatement of Police Chief John Calkins – who was fired by Sun and later returned to his post by a civil service commission – and the hiring of a city clerk, it may not be enough.

The annexation to Auburn is the City's last resort, Council President Leanne Guier told KING 5 News.

"There is a relief that we have something to offer the citizens that's a viable solution," Guier said. "But the other side, it's heartbreaking and devastating that this is the end of Pacific. Really?"

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