ORDINANCE NO. 1934

(An ordinance proclaiming the annexation of certain contiguous island territories of Urban Growth Area located within the City limits—Island Annexation.)


WHEREAS, the Planning Commission and the City Council of the City of Hood River have, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Title 17 of the Hood River Municipal Code, considered the application of the City of Hood River to annex certain island territories into the City of Hood River;

See Exhibit “A”

WHEREAS, following public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council, the City Council approves the application;

WHEREAS, the island territories are described as set forth in the application and are located in Hood River County, State of Oregon (the “Islands”);

WHEREAS, this annexation was initiated by the City pursuant to ORS 222.750 and does not require the consent of the property owners;

WHEREAS, the Islands sought to be annexed are completely surrounded by City limits as shown on the map included in Exhibit “A.”

WHEREAS, the Islands are located within the Westside Rural Fire Protection District and the Ice Fountain Water District and ORS Chapter 222 provides for the withdrawal of territories from districts such as the Westside Rural Fire Protection District and Ice Fountain Water District upon annexation;

WHEREAS, notice of the public hearing on the questions of annexation and withdrawal was published and posted as provided in ORS Chapter 222;

WHEREAS, the Council concludes that the Islands sought to be annexed should be withdrawn from the Westside Rural Fire Protection District and Ice Fountain Water District as part of the proposed annexation;

WHEREAS, the City has the authority, within constitutional and statutory limits, to set the property tax rate at which annexed territories should be taxed;

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission and the City Council have, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Chapter 17.15 of the Hood River Municipal Code, held public hearings (May 7, 2007 and May 29, 2007, respectively) to consider the annexation of the Islands into the City of Hood River and withdrawal of the Islands from the affected special districts;

WHEREAS, the City Council considered the Planning Commission’s record and recommendation, the Planning Staff’s report, and testimony presented, if any;

WHEREAS, the City Council adopts the Planning Commission’s recommendation dated May 7, 2007, as supplemented by the Cover Sheet dated May 29, 2007, both of which are attached to this Ordinance and incorporated by reference as if fully set forth herein;

WHEREAS, the Oregon Legislature is considering legislation that may affect the ability of the City to annex some of the Islands;

WHEREAS, as set forth in the Planning Commission’s Recommendation, the annexation of the Islands is supported by Ice Fountain Water District, West Side Rural Fire Protection District and Hood River County, and is essential to reorganize these agencies’ and the City’s jurisdictional boundaries to create seamless territories to more efficiently provide service to their citizens;

WHEREAS, this ordinance is, therefore, necessary to preserve the public health, safety, and welfare and should be effective immediately upon passage.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City of Hood River ordains as follows:

1. The Islands described above are hereby proclaimed to be annexed to the City of Hood River.
2. The Islands described above are hereby withdrawn from the Westside Rural Fire Protection District and the Ice Fountain Water District, and not withdrawn from Farmers Irrigation District.
3. The effective date of the annexation is the date of filing within the Secretary of State.
4. The effective date for the withdrawal of the territory from the Ice Fountain Water District is July 1, 2008.
5. The effective date for the withdrawal of the territory from the Westside Rural Fire Protection District is the date the annexation is effective.
Read for the first time:    May 29, 2007.

Read for the second time and passed:  May 30, 2007, to become effective immediately.
                                                                          
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Linda Streich, Mayor
ATTEST:
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Jill Rommel, City Recorder