It was as revolting as it was shortsighted, the politically motivated stampede by the Washington City Council to kill an annexation program that had been in the works for more than a year. The Planning and Zoning Commission, which was conducting the study and which had been fair, considerate and open to public input, was given a knockout punch as to annexation by six members of the council. Two council members voted against the motion to kill the annexation. Joe Holtmeier and Connie Groff refused to be stampeded by the emotional plea by outgoing Councilman Tim Brinker to kill annexation.
What the council did and the way it did it has led to all kinds of speculation as to the motive behind this surprise act. It was a planned move. Annexation was not on the council’s agenda for the Dec. 17 meeting. However, opponents were advised that there would be action to kill the annexation plan and were in attendance. Did members of the council meet with the opponents of annexation in a secret meeting prior to the council meeting? Or were just some members of the council involved in a secret meeting? Either situation may be a Sunshine Law violation. It was so obvious that it was a planned move since opponents showed up at the meeting.
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