City Council accepts donation

Kent City Council accepted the in-kind donation of $16,455 from Kent resident Robert Heimann for the construction of a storm sewer along Admore Drive at last night’s meeting.

The council also approved an ordinance changing the job classification of sustainability planner to a full-time position. It will last for a trial period of two years.

Council members discussed an ordinance that would define the city’s relationship with the Main Street Program, which is a group of local businesses and citizens attempting to revitalize downtown Kent. It would also clarify the role of Mary Gilbert, a city employee who would manage the program.

“I don’t have a problem with the program or Mary Gilbert,” Ward 6 Councilwoman Beth Oswitch said. “I have a problem with a city employee being in the program.”

Ward 4 Councilman John Kuhar and Ward 5 Councilman Ed Bargerstock agreed with Oswitch’s stance. The council passed the ordinance draft through its first reading. Council will review it two more times before deciding on it.

Also at the meeting, council approved the sale of 1.246 acres of land to Antonio Lorenzo for $15,325. Lorenzo is the trustee of the Antonio J. Lorenzo Living Trust.

The council also decided to hold the resolution that would appoint new members to the Housing Advisory Council for further discussion.

– Bryan Wroten