Home maintenance code OK'd in Kent

By Diane Smith Record-Courier staff writer Published:

By a vote of 7-1, council approved an exterior maintenance code for the city. Councilman Ronald Heineking cast the lone dissenting vote, and Councilman Robert Felton was absent.

The code, which will not take effect until April, requires homeowners to paint their homes, repair damaged exterior walls, doors, porches, roofs, fences and windows, clean their gutters, and keep their yards free of trash and rodents.

No opposition was voiced at Wednesday's meeting. Zoning Board of Appeals Member Norman Jennings, a vocal critic of the proposed code, was not at the meeting.

In other business, council approved its budget of $24,109,882. The budget includes nearly $5 million for street maintenance and repairs, and also calls for the addition of a firefighter next year.

Heineking said he was pleased to see the budget approved before the end of the year.

In his 10 years on council the city had broken that tradition only once, he noted. That was last year, when council elected to delay approval of the budget until spring because of pending union negotiations.

Council also approved the rezoning of a 15-acre parcel to accommodate an expansion of the Forest Lakes subdivision.

The parcel, north of the existing subdivision off Fairchild Avenue, had been zoned for open space recreation. The property now carries a zoning designation of R-2 medium density residential.

Council also voted to authorize Kent Police Chief James Peach to transfer ownership of police canine Rory to a qualified person of his choice. The dog is retiring from the police force.

Council clerk Linda Mauck was asked to draft a resolution honoring Rory and his handler for their service.

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