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Pierce County Council approves providing services to Pacific

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
December 12, 2012 2:56 pm

The Pierce County Council has approved an agreement to provide road and surface water services to the Pierce County portion of Pacific starting Jan. 1.

Pacific’s liability insurance is expected to be canceled Dec. 31, making it likely that its city employees will not report to work after that. Pacific, population 6,620, has been embroiled in turmoil under Mayor Cy Sun. Sun was court-ordered in September to replace seven employees he fired or who resigned under his tenure.

The County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize County Executive Pat McCarthy to enter into a six-month interlocal agreement. It calls for the City of Pacific to reimburse the county for road and surface water costs.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a letter Dec. 6 that his department will start providing police services to the Pierce County portion of Pacific on Jan. 1 at no cost. The Sheriff’s Department will respond to 911 calls as necessary and will provide patrol services at its discretion, Pastor wrote.

The council’s agreement notes the cost of police services is expected to be nominal. It says the Sheriff’s Department has billed jurisdictions for services provided in the past, making a formal contract unnecessary at this time.

Because of past practices, it’s expected the Sheriff’s Department would bill Pacific should a major police response be required.

The Pierce County portion of Pacific is less than a square mile and has 85 residents. Much of Pacific’s business is done on the Pierce County side.

The King County Council passed an interlocal agreement Monday to provide Pacific’s King County residents 911, major crime investigation, patrol, flooding and emergency road repair services. The King County portion has a population of 6,535, according to this year’s state estimate.

Whether Pacific will remain a city is uncertain. Auburn wants to annex all of Pacific. Sumner is seeking to annex just the Pierce County portion.

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