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Doughnut hole: some ordinances to change, some to stay

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PASCO, Wash. - Some city ordinances could affect residents of the Doughnut Hole area within the Pasco city limits. 

City Manager Gary Crutchfield said a lot of things will stay the same. Animal ordinances are the same for the city and county so there would be no change in keeping livestock. Dogs, however, must be licensed in Pasco and there is a leash law that would have to be followed.

Semi trucks or other large vehicles like RV's and boats aren't permitted on the city's residential streets, either. Crutchfield said it's a safety hazard and the streets can't withstand prolonged usage like that.

"We have more explicit nuisance rules but we enforce them on a complaint basis. So if the neighbors are fine with what's going on it's probably okay. So there isn't a lot of change," Crutchfield said.

One example of that nuisance law is a requirement to cut weeds that are more than a foot high, which pose a fire hazard. But Crutchfield said the city won't require pastures and open fields to be cut down.

Friday morning a Franklin County judge will decide if a lawsuit filed by Doughnut Hole residents will go through which could potentially halt the City of Pasco's plans to annex the area.