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WHITE CITY FOLKS TRY AGAIN TO KEEP PARK OUT OF SANDY

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As promised, White City residents are making one last attempt to foil Sandy's annexation of Dimple Dell Regional Park.

The White City Community Council and the White City Water Improvement District filed a lawsuit in 3rd District Court on Thursday asking a judge to overturn Sandy's Aug. 8 decision to annex 615 acres of the park, including a 72-acre portion that bisects the White City area.The Sandy City Council included a provision that would allow the White City segment, between 700 and 1300 East, to be de-annexed should White City residents opt to incorporate.

But that gesture wasn't enough to prevent the suit, which residents said they'd file following an Aug. 2 decision by the Salt Lake County Boundary Commission to dismiss the water district's protest of the annexation. The suit questions the legality of Sandy's action since the Boundary Commission had not put its decision in writing, signaling the start of a 20-day period in which White City residents could appeal the decision in district court.

Paulina Flint, water district chairwoman and a member of the community council, said Sandy went "outside the process" in annexing the park before an appeal could be filed and considered.

"Apparently (city attorney) Wally Miller of Sandy City makes up laws as he goes along and believes that process doesn't have to be followed," Flint said. "I believe (the suit) will be very successful because any time someone goes outside the process, there has to be a recourse."

Miller said the city did not have to wait for the Boundary Commission's decision to be put in writing, nor would the city have to hold off on the annexation during an appeals process.

"If (the Boundary Commission doesn't) make a decision adverse to the city at that time, it is deemed approved," Miller said of the commission's Aug. 2 denial of White City's protest, which he contends "really says, `Go ahead Sandy, do what you want.' "

Miller said by asking the court to block the annexation of Dimple Dell, the White City forces are suggesting the annexation is somehow incomplete. But that's "fiction," he said. Miller said the annexation was actually approved by the City Council prior to Aug. 8, but the paperwork was signed on that date, following the Boundary Commission hearing. It is a done deal, Miller said.