Northwest NEWS

October 26, 1998

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New laws and fines for Kenmore

   by John Phelps
   At their regular meeting on Oct. 19, the Kenmore City Council adopted four ordinances and two resolutions.
   One bill makes it unlawful to park any trailers (except recreational trailers) and all buses or trucks used for business purposes, in residential areas between 12:01 and 6 a.m. An exception is made for pickup or panel trucks of 3/4-ton or less. It also makes it unlawful to cut through private property for the purpose of avoiding an intersection or any traffic control device.
   The last section of the bill makes it unlawful to operate a motor vehicle within the city in an inattentive manner. The maximum fine for violation is $350.
   Councilmember Chip Davidson objected to this bill pointing out that route truck drivers required to leave from home, service truck drivers on call, business owners, any one having to drive a truck home would be unjustly penalized. Chief of Police Cliff Sether pointed out that the language could be changed to trucks over 20,000 pounds. Davidson moved to return the bill to staff for study and the motion passed.
   The parking of junk vehicles on private property is now illegal. Junk vehicles includes boats, trailers, campers, recreational vehicles and personal water craft that are three years old or older; are extensively damaged, including, but not limited to broken windows or windshields, missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission and are apparently inoperable; do not have a valid, current license plate or tabs; or have an approximate fair market value equal to its approximate scrap value. The maximum fine for violation will be $350.
   Vehicles not visible to others are exempted, so are those in the possession of a licensed vehicle dismantler or dealer.
   Noise that unreasonably interferes with any residential property, school, church, hospital or convalescent facility will be forbidden. Included are sounds made by animals, horns or sirens attached to a motor vehicle, the operation of any motor vehicle except airplanes and boats, yelling, whistling or singing, continuous sounds and sound systems of any kind. All construction or repair, outside the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday will be illegal. An exception is made for highway construction and noise relating to temporary projects for maintenance or repair between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. any day of the week. The maximum fine provided is $1,000.00
   False burglar alarms in Kenmore may result in a fine of up to $100 each, and after six false alarms in any six month period the Kenmore police may refuse to respond to any further alarms at that location. The maximum fine will be $100 per each alarm.
   All of these ordinances were adopted.
   Residents wishing to know the council's agenda should attend the Monday night council meetings or read the Council Member Packet available at City Hall or the Kenmore Library on the Friday before the first and third Mondays of the month.
   Copies of these bills are available in city hall. The new laws go into effect on Oct. 31. Bill 98-0040 about parking, will be brought back to the City Council at a future time.