To the members of Kent City Council:
The pleasure was mine to have the opportunity to address council on Wednesday, Nov. 28. for the council seat vacated by Robin Turner. Even though the results were not favorable in my behalf, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to address you and to bring to your attention a concern for the city that I as a lifetime resident, property and business owner share with other residents. This concerns the housing services in Kent and deteriorating housing stock.
While I am elated at the development in downtown Kent, my concern is that the city does not lag behind in overseeing and promoting adequate and affordable housing in neighborhoods to support the needs of a growing and robust city.
I shared my personal experiences as a landlord and homeowner and my experiences with other residents in surrounding Kent city neighborhoods who share similar concerns. I also participate in the Housing Services Council, which is a coalition of businesses, consumers and agencies who share similar interest as they relate to developing and coordinating housing services in Portage County.
I would trust that council will seriously evaluate and explore opportunities to engage property owners via a landlord association or housing association, etc. so that issues can be addressed constructively. I am willing to offer my assistance and I would encourage you to leverage the information developed by Housing Services Council (city of Kent, Community Development Department is a participant) to minimize duplication of efforts.
Thank you again and congratulations on the excellent progress in downtown Kent.
Doria Daniels, Kent