Brookings, Oregon shelves annexation research

And just HOW MUCH have these studies cost the Subjects-of the corporate CITY OF BROOKINGS over the last 50 years ??? … and so they are STILL ‘Pounding Sand’ over a stupid Brain Fart of an idea intending to seize people who do NOT want them or their corporate CONTROL (as one has No Absolute, Antecedent, Common, Constitutional, Folc, Fundamental, Natural or Unalienable Rights within a corporation)!

The Corporation as a Private Government in the World Community,
46 Va.L.Rev. 1539, 1542-1549 (1960);

The Curry Pilot – by Jane Stebbins

Brookings’s new study to determine if it is economically viable to annex the Harbor area will be relegated to a shelf to collect dust — at least until the issue rears its contentious head again.  

City councilors Monday decided to accept Portland State University’s Center for Public Service’s study conducted last year, but not act upon any of its recommendations.

Councilor Brent Hodges said he was surprised the study showed it wouldn’t benefit Brookings to annex its neighbor to the south.

“I thought it would be much more beneficial,” he said. “I always thought having the (property tax)  income from that area would be worth it, and it’s not.”

Among the recommendations is to consider creating a county service district for law enforcement — a ballot question that failed at the polls — develop a joint working relationship with Harbor water, sewer and fire districts; hold a community town hall to discuss annexation and develop possible long-term strategic goals.

They agreed that while annexation appears to be unfeasible for the city, the study provides a solid baseline from which it can conduct comparative analyses in the future regarding any proposal to annex Harbor or issues related to future growth in the city’s Urban Growth Boundary.

“It’s a rather voluminous study,” said City Manager Gary Milliman, hefting an inch-thick document from the table. “It answers a lot of questions. And it debunks a lot of presumptions we’ve heard in the past.”

The report concluded that it is not economically feasible to annex Harbor into the city, primarily due to the imminent cost of replacing or repairing aging roads and pipes.

And it debunks rumors that Brookings only wants to annex Harbor to obtain its property tax revenue, and that annexation would result in the elimination of mobile homes throughout the area.

“One recommendation that’s flown under the radar is Harbor incorporating into its own city,” noted Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “It may be in its best interest. It could resolve a lot of its issues.”

Some of the issues Harbor could face in the future include aging infrastructure — as evidenced by last year’s sinkhole that took out Shopping Center Avenue and some of Highway 101 — a shortage of law enforcement due to financial struggles at the county and road repairs.

While Harbor’s sanitation district is financially robust, its board still has to negotiate with the city for the cost of treating its effluent. And the water district will likely soon face the expensive project of solving the salt contamination in its drinking water in periods of drought.

Councilor Jake Pieper said study results didn’t surprise him.

“It confirmed a lot of things and debunked a lot of questions, like, that Harbor is a cash cow,” he said. “I doubt we’ll stop talking about it, but it’s a good study.”

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