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Tall Grass, Weeds Top Code Complaint in 2011

Kent releases statistics on code compliance

Tall grass and weeds continue to be the bane of many Kent property owners, according to the city's annual code compliance report.

In 2011, 35 percent of the city's reported code violations were for overgrown grass and weeds, according to the report. Illegal use, such as an unauthorized rooming house, came in as the second most-common violation at 29 percent.

Rental properties accounted for 43 percent of all reported code violations last year and racked up the most complaints with 171. Rental properties also led the way with the most repeat violations.

Vacant properties accounted for the second most with 138 reported violations, according to the report.

South Water Street addresses accounted for the most violations with 30 in 2011.

Read the full report by clicking on the .pdf file attached to this article.

Papa Harley March 18, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I see the violations, but I didn't see the enforcement percents.....100% enforcement?
Wolfslayer March 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I fully support the city in their attempt to maintain a certain level of outdoor decorum. I hope that each and every one of these violators has been appropriately fined and that the city has followed up to ensure compliance. That said, as a parent I would find it difficult to enforce rules in my home if I violated them. The city should consider taking a look around at its own properties as well. There are several places around the city that are violations on city property.
Chris (Kit) Myers March 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Well said, Wolfslayer; well said.

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