Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson divulged that Buckley has now officially become “an island” to the Pierce County Transit System and will no longer be part of the transportation operation.
Therefore, Buckley residents will no longer be charged an extra sales tax on goods purchased in the community, which is where the annual $200,000 fund was being derived from.
Additionally, Buckley will now no longer have to put its time and resources into de-annexing from the transit system.
In other items during the Feb. 28 meeting, council members:
- accepted a check for $5,600 from the Wink family, which annually operates the Fright Factory.
- heard from Jeff and Alice Money, who live near the haunted house on A Street. They logged an official complaint concerning the controversial byproducts of running such an attraction, such as vehicle and tour bus lights glaring into their bedroom, people walking through their yard, loud screaming and the need to chase off young men urinating on the side of their house.
Alice Money related how an intoxicated woman punched her in the face last fall, after being asked to refrain from walking on the Money’s lawn.
Prior to the citizen participation phase of the meeting, the council had debated whether it would allow the haunted house again in October.
After hearing the Money’s testimony, the council decided to postpone the vote and instead host a workshop to study the issue.
In addition to their testimony, the Moneys provided the council with a petition signed by disgruntled neighbors who live near the Fright Factory.