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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 7:00 am

Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy’s annexation information road show picked up two endorsements in two days.

The Washington Planning and Zoning Commission and the Washington Board of Public Works both backed the city’s annexations plan.

Lucy gave her presentation Monday night to the plan board. She admitted she was preaching to the choir, but she said she wanted to give the presentation so commission members could be more informed and could better handle questions about the plan.

Lucy went step by step through the plan explaining why the city is pursuing annexation. As she expected, she received nothing but support from the commission.

The mayor actually got more than support — she got some more information to use for future presentations.

John Borgmann, a commission member and a Washington firefighter, said annexation would actually help response times for properties currently outside city limits.

He said the way the dispatch system is set up, a 911 call made from outside city limits is sent to the Franklin County dispatch first and then transferred to Washington’s dispatch.

If annexation is approved, all those homes now in the city would go straight to the Washington dispatch center.

The commission unanimously agreed to endorse the proposal.

Less than 12 hours after the planning and zoning meeting, Lucy was back at the podium. Lucy presented the plan to the board of public works and got its endorsement as well.

Board Chairman Kurt Voss said early drafts of the plan might not have made sense from a public works perspective. He said he was unsure if the city could provide the necessary services to all the proposed areas.

Under the current plan, however, Voss said he was confident the city could offer the proper services and not overextend the budget.

“I’ve been asked by several people if we can provide this,” Voss said. “When we first started, I think the answer was no. Now it’s a more refined area.”

In addition to the endorsement, the board agreed to vouch that the city can provide the services promised.