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Parking lot gets closure

KINGSTON — Two down, zero to go.

Following the installation of the traffic light at Bond and Stottlemyer roads, the other chronic problem that has been plaguing the infamous crossroads has recently been remedied — the parking of abandoned and junk vehicles on the northwest corner of the intersection.

After a year of working with the property owner Bill Arness and having the issue taken to court, Kitsap County recently announced that access to the property has been closed off with two cement blocks and a cable gate.

DCD initially cited Arness in April 2004 with an infraction of county code, claiming that auto sales on the property without land use approval were illegal.

While Kitsap County District Court found Arness to be responsible for the vehicles on the property in August 2005, Arness’ lawyer appealed the decision to the Kitsap County Superior Court. That decision is still pending, said county deputy prosecuting attorney Phil Bacus.

However, Commissioner Chris Endresen sat down with Arness recently to see what they could do to resolve the situation more efficiently and came to a decision.

“The agreement with Mr. Arness was we would dismiss the case if he would allow the access to be restricted to the property,” Bacus said. “Basically, vacate the earlier decision and dismiss the infraction.”

Steve Mount, the supervisor for the county’s Department of Community Development’s code enforcement office, said his office needs to check the property to verify the access has been restricted. It will then recommend that Bacus dismiss the citation.

Since 2003, both vehicles for sale and abandoned cars have been parked at the site. After receiving complaints from North End citizens about the parcel’s appearance and how it was a safety hazard, the Kitsap County Code Enforcement office got involved and has been working with the property owner to have the vehicles removed and the access blocked.

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