The Salt Lake County Boundary Commission Wednesday dismissed a protest filed by the White City Water Improvement District over annexation of Dimple Dell Park by Sandy.
The commission ruled that the water district was not an "affected entity" and thus did not have standing to protest the annexation. That paves the way for Sandy to proceed with annexation of the park.But attorneys for both the water company and the White City Community Council said they'll now pursue the matter in 3rd District Court. They have 20 days to file lawsuits over the controversial annexation.
The Boundary Commission voted 5-1 to dismiss the protest. The motion did not elaborate on its reasons for dismissing the protest.
But a majority of commission members apparently agreed with attorneys for Sandy and the county that the water company won't be "directly or significantly" affected by the annexation because its property within the park has been excluded from the transaction.
The commission indicated, however, that it will forward recommendations about what should happen to the section of Dimple Dell Park that bisects White City. That section runs from about 700 East to 1300 East.
White City residents have repeatedly asked the Salt Lake County Commission to exclude that portion of the park from the annexation petition. Commission Chairman Brent Overson told the Deseret News he wanted to see what happened at the Boundary Commission hearing before acting on that request.
The commission proposed in April that Sandy annex the park so it could share the costs of improvements there.
The Boundary Commission members who heard the protest were: Eugene Carr, a land use expert and University of Utah professor; Lee Gardner, county assessor; Sherrie Swenson, county clerk; Janice Fisher, West Valley City councilwoman; Georgia Ball; Marvin Hendrickson; and Randy Fitts, South Salt Lake mayor.
Gardner cast the sole no vote. He said the water company deserved standing because of its fears that its business may be impacted in the future by the annexation. Gardner also said it's clear the annexation hinders White City's ability to incorporate.
Gardner and other commission members urged Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, who attended the hearing, to meet with White City residents and work out a deal that protects their interests.