Pacific still has a heartbeat, but time is growing short. The Pacific City Council's last-ditch effort to renew insurance coverage did not come through on Monday, but the city found help in another way.
The council approved a public vote in February to dis-incorporate. Without a new line of insurance, city employees would be personally liable for problems and mistakes within the city.
Pacific's city attorney says the insurance company gave another denial of coverage on Monday because of ongoing mismanagement and problems.
If the city does cease to exist, crucial safety services appear to be saved. On Monday the King County Council voted to support the city with 911 services, criminal investigations, flood protection and emergency road repairs. It doesn't solve all of the city's woes, but it can give residents a little comfort with the uncertain future of the city.
"It's just unconscionable that the politicians cannot agree on this issue so that they can keep the city moving and serving the public," said King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer. "In case they cannot, King County is willing to step in an provide essential services."
Response times could also be a major concern. Council members worried that long-response times could contribute to crime problems. One fix could be annexation into Auburn. The council will discuss that possibility in upcoming meetings.
That idea isn't sitting well with many Pacific residents.
"103 years of history will truly be history. We will be a footnote in the museum in Auburn," said resident Cheri Cason.
The city's insurance policy will end in about three weeks.