Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Take our poll and tell us if you would support a tax hike to pay for a new police station if it had a time limit
City administrators are reviewing alternatives for replacing Kent's aging police department, which originally dates to 1924 and has experienced numerous structural and mechanical failures in recent years. One of those possible alternatives could be to put a 0.25 percent income tax increase on the ballot with the addition of a sunset provision, which would establish a set time limit when the tax increase would eventually expire. Ultimately, Kent City Council will decide how to address the issue of the police station. READ: Sunset Provision a Possibility for New Police Station But we want to know what you think. Would you support a tax increase to pay for a new police station if the increase eventually expired? Take our poll below, and share…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Kent City Council will discuss idea of requiring on-site security at large apartment complexes
Tonight, Kent City Council will discuss the issue of on-site security personnel at the city's large apartment complexes. The idea of mandating on-site security personnel has been loosely, and briefly, talked about before at council, but no formal action has been taken on such a proposal. Tonight, council members will have a more in-depth discussion about the issue. Part of that conversation will include a Kent Police Department report detailing the hundreds of police calls made to Kent's 11 largest apartment complexes in 2011. Do you think the city should force large apartment complex owners to provide on-site security as a supplement to the city's police response? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Who's barbecue tickled your taste buds?
Today 11 grill chefs will line up in downtown Kent from noon to 6 p.m. to raise money for charity at the 3rd Annual Grill for Good. There's no payoff for the chefs, as every penny earned will support Coleman Professional Service and Family & Community Services. There is, however, the opportunity to brag about having the most delicious eats. And that's where you come in. After you get a chance to sample the selections from the chefs log on to Kent Patch and vote here in our poll below for the Best Chef, who will get bragging rights until next year's event. So, who had the best barbecue at this year's Grill for Good?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Cast your vote for best place to go in Kent for St. Patrick's Day
First off, thanks to everyone who submitted nominations for the Reader's Choice best place to party in Kent for St. Patrick's Day. All total, we have six nominees for the best place to hang out on St. Patrick's Day in Kent. They are: So here's how it works: Vote for your favorite place in our poll below. In the event of a tie, the nominee with the most favorable reviews and comments on their Patch Places directory will win. Click on the links above to visit the nominees' directory listings. Make sure to vote by 5 p.m. Friday. Local Editor Matt Fredmonsky will decide the winner by the most number of votes. We will announce the winner on Saturday. Get voting!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Vote for the biggest news story to happen in Kent in the past year
Our poll is composed of stories that were the most-read on the site in the past year and from suggestions given to us from you, the readers. There's so much news happening in Kent this year that it was hard to pick just a few options for our poll. If we missed a story you think should have been included, tell us what the story was and add it in our comments section below. So, what do you think was the biggest news story to break in Kent for the past year...
Monday, December 19, 2011
There's only 6 days left until the big day.
With just six days left until Christmas you've still got time to do some last-minute shopping — if necessary. If you still have gifts to buy, remember to shop local.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Kent is planning gradual rate hikes for the next several years
We broke the news Wednesday night that the city is planning to increase water and sewer rates for Kent residents and property owners on city water and sewer systems to pay for enormous utility operational and maintenance costs. And Kent City Council voted in favor of gradual increases instead of a big, one-time rate hike to cover those costs. The issue still has about four weeks to go until council has a final vote on the increases, which would take effect in January. Until then, they plan to try and get the word out to residents about why city administrators say the increases are necessary. The gradual increases would start in 2012 with an 8.5 percent annual hike for the next four years. Rates will level off in 2016, but they will still …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The city agreed to sell the property for $400,000 to Acorn Alley developer Ron Burbick after paying $735,000 for the building Friday
Kent residents seem divided on yesterday's news that Kent City Council agreed to sell the old Kent hotel to developer Ron Burbick. The city agreed to sell it to the Acorn Alley developer for $400,000 — $335,000 less than what the city paid for it just days earlier. In a previous Kent Patch poll, the majority of readers said they want to see the building restored. Do you think the city will get its money back once the old Kent hotel is redeveloped?