Nov. 1, 2004-The issue of annexing Wendover City, Utah, into West Wendover, Nev., is back at the forefront of discussion for officials of both cities and states. The proposal to merge both cities has faced decades of interest, numerous studies and widespread attention. Now, for the first time, all of the stakeholders involved will convene at a roundtable meeting on Nov. 4, in West Wendover, Nev., to resolve the issues involved with the proposed annexation.
Officials from the cities of Wendover and West Wendover and representatives from the Elko County and Tooele County School Districts, the Elko County and Tooele County Commissions, the Nevada and Utah Legislatures as well as representatives from both state’s congressional delegations will attend the meeting. The discussion will center around resolving the issues of debt and infrastructure as well as the consolidation of city schools, parks, infrastructure and social services.
The roundtable will also discuss the process of formulating the Interstate Compact, which will act as the binding annexation agreement between both cities and must be ratified by both state legislatures, passed by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by the president.
“If all parties involved agree to move forward with the Interstate Compact, it will be the first time in modern American history that a state boundary will be changed to annex a city into another state,” said University of Utah Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) Director David Patton, whose non-partisan center is facilitating the annexation dialogue between the involved officials.
The roundtable meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Pilot Peak Room, at the West Wendover City Library, 590 Camper Drive in West Wendover Nev. Citizens who wish to express concerns over annexation are urged to contact their local representatives as seating at the meeting is limited, and there will be no public comment period due to the full agenda and time constraint.