"Shove it up your annex!!"

"Shove it up your annex!!"
PASCO -- Pasco officially made a decision on annexing part of the Franklin County "donut hole."

But the new resolution paled in comparison to the multiple outbursts at the City Council meeting, where the unexpected took center stage.

It was intended to be an opportunity for both sides to be heard.

The crowds filled the Pasco City Council Chambers Monday night, with the vast majority openly opposed to annexation.

But not everyone was entirely peaceful about it. One man had to be forcibly removed by police, after heckling another man who was voicing his support for the city.

"Shove it up your annex!!" he cried.

Pasco City Council and the Mayor are still working hard, trying to convince residents that annexation is ultimately in everyone's best interest.

But the city manager Gary Crutchfield openly admits the process is now surging ahead to take over the donut hole in small pieces solely to stop residents from voting to become their own city.

"Annexation is an emotional process, and we need to move forward based on facts."

But it was the facts that drew Chairman of the Franklin County Commissioners Brad Peck to the council meeting as well. He says he was watching the meeting on TV at home, when Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins told residents the county "didn't want to talk" about reaching an annexation agreement.

"That is not a factual statement," said Peck. "Perhaps it was your flawed memory, or maybe it's a half-truth. But I'll ask you to refrain from stating the county's position on this matter. We are perfectly capable of doing that ourselves."

He then exited to resounding applause from the audience. It seemed to be a clear indicator that many donut hole residents feel Pasco is simply ignoring their interest, and trying to take away their right to make their own decision.

"We just want a vote," says Mark MacFarlan.

In the end, Pasco still voted to approve its resolution, accepting a 10% annexation petition, and defining the borders of Area 2.

The city still has to hold a public hearing on annexing the area before making the process official.

KEPR learned the city hopes to have it complete by the end of summer. But neighbors tell Action News, if that happens, they will still pursue other legal options to reverse it.