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Souza: Blackwell Annexation Would Be Good

Mary Souza: I’m reluctant to comment on a “Rumorama”, but your take on this, DFO, seems quite slanted. Don’t know what will happen tonight, but the P&Z approved the plan a year ago—no complaint from the Bike Committee then—the path widths were not an issue. It seems that now, at the very last minute, some Bike Comm. members convinced Council that this was a problem. By the way, 10 ft. paths are not the most common in the city, they are typically smaller. Annexing Blackwell Island does several good things: development has to comply with city regulations, which are more stringent, as opposed to those of the county. It also provides public access all around the island, which is not the case now. Also, there’s a pad of property that the city owns over there, where a future walking bridge from NIC beach could connect in. Any water quality issues are completely separate from tonight’s hearing and are handled by the State.

DFO: Mary, long time no hear … A City Hall insider told me this afternoon that Dick Haugen was dead on this morning when he posted that the annexation is DOA. Hagadone hasn’t budged on the width of the bike trail and, for all his money, he’s quibbling about the annexation fee. ‘Twill be interesting to see if Barlow shows to flip off his favorite people. I hear he won’t. Might not be any fireworks at all here.

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