Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Anonymous residents already nagging about Kenneth City upkeep proposal

KENNETH CITY — New rules governing the upkeep of homes and other property have not yet passed, but neighborhood snitching has already started.

Kenneth City officials received a two-paragraph letter on Oct. 15 signed "Concerned Citizens" that complains about two addresses on Lake Charles Drive N.

One house allegedly has "rotted fascia board over the garage and peeling paint on all fascia boards, and soffits need prepping and painting" on one of the houses. The other "needs paint work, but more important is the separated and fallen window decorative cement trim on the front of the house." While officials are at the second address, the anonymous letter writers want them to "please check all vehicles for current registrations."

Officials have not done anything about the complaints — yet. But that could change after Wednesday if the council passes an ordinance that sets standards for the upkeep of all property in Kenneth City. The 26-page ordinance also sets forth the punishment for failing to obey the rule — $250-a-day fines.

The proposal has created a furor in this town of 4,500. Opponents object to the proposal on many grounds, including a section of the rule that gives officials the right to come onto, and inside, property if they have probable cause to believe there is a violation.

The opponents, who crowded into the October council meeting, said they are also concerned about the effect on senior citizens and others on fixed incomes who do not have the money to comply with the rules. And they argued that the ordinance would pit neighbor against neighbor who will be tattling on each other.

Proponents say the ordinance is sorely needed. The town's appearance, they say, has been declining in the past few years, and the situation has become worse with the slump in the housing market. As people move away from homes they can no longer afford, the houses are left vacant and unkept.

The anonymous letter writers spoke for many of those who want the ordinance passed: "We are very appreciative of the new ordinances to improve our city. Over the last 13 years since we have lived there, the overall condition of houses in the city has dramatically gone down. We hope that the new ordinances will be enforced to improve all property values, especially for those of us that take great care of our properties."

It appears the proponents may get their wish. Council members unanimously gave tentative approval to the ordinance in October. They are scheduled to give final approval Wednesday unless the opponents can dissuade them. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. It is open to the public.

Anonymous residents already nagging about Kenneth City upkeep proposal 11/08/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 10:32am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No easy answer to the Dunedin parking question

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Nothing has been more divisive in this city than the issue of paid parking.

    A server at Cafe Alfresco (background) claims Dunedin's new paid parking has cost him money. Dunedin began a paid parking last October. Nine months in, residents, business owners and city officials all share mixed feelings. In October, when the one-year program ends, the city will have until November to come up with another solution to its parking woes, or continue the paid parking program at the risk of angering locals.JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena to host job fair today

    Business

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning and its home, Amalie Arena, are hosting a part-time job fair from 3 to 6 p.m. today on the Promenade Level of the arena. Available positions include platinum services, parking attendants, event security, housekeeping, retail and many other departments.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena is hosting a part-time job fair on Thursday, Aug. 17 on the Promenade level of the arena.
  3. Nearly 1 in 4 Tampa Bay homeowners considered equity rich

    Real Estate

    If your home is worth at least 50 percent more than you owe, you're rich — equity rich that is.

    About one in four Tampa Bay homeowners are considered "equity rich." [Associated Press file photo]
  4. Trump strategist Steve Bannon: No military solution in North Korea

    National

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

    Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump, has drawn fire from some of Trump's closest advisers. [Associated Press]
  5. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press