Some DuPont residents weren’t laughing at a report on April Fool’s Day that Joint Base Lewis-McChord was annexing the south Pierce County community.
The website www.northwestmilitary.com published a faux article that the annexation was driven to make room from the arrival of the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colo. A tweet linked to the article.
City Administrator Dawn Masko wrote in an e-mail that she spent almost the entire morning responding to “a lot of inquiries from anxious citizens and local businesses.” A local radio station interviewed her, she said.
The city posted an item on its website that the annexation report was intended as a joke.
The item was removed from the Web site after Masko made the request.
“It was very creative but would have been funnier had it not required so much staff time to deal with it,” Masko said in an e-mail.
Editor Ken Swarmer acknowledged in a blog that “we had a little fun today at the expense of our good friends in DuPont” and we hope the city “won’t be cutting off the power to our employees’ homes who live there.”
Lakewood City Councilman Walter Neary said he first saw the item on his Twitter feed.
“It had me going for a minute,” he said. “I remember thinking, “How’s that going to work.”
He added “Twitter is a great method for playing a practical joke because in only 140 characters you want to assume whatever you see in front of you is true, so that was effective.”
Neary decided to join in on the fun, posting on his Facebook page:
Our council voted 7-0 Monday night to hand over Lakewood to the government for expanding JBLM, and they STILL chose DuPont even though they will have to reimburse property owners with YOUR tax dollars. We thought we had the perfect solution to the Amtrak train challenge and other pressing issues, and once again, the feds let us down.