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Kent City Council has a New Member, New President

KENT, Wash. – January 5, 2010 – At its first meeting of the New Year, tonight members of the Kent City Council and Mayor took their oaths of office followed by the election of a new Council President.

All Four Lanes of the New South 228th Street Burlington Northern Railroad Grade Separation Opening December 15

KENT, Wash. – December 15, 2009 - All four lanes of the new South 228th Street Grade Separation overpass will open December 15, 2009 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate this milestone.

Kent City Council Passes 2010 Budget

KENT, Wash. – December 8, 2009 – Kent City Council members passed a 2010 budget that focuses on core responsibilities and is smaller than the 2009 adopted budget by 5.6%.

Sewage Geysers Due to Flooding – Fact or Fiction?

KENT, Wash. - Dec. 1, 2009 - As if the tough economy weren’t enough to worry about, the threat of flooding in the Green River Valley has residents and business owners on high alert.  We’ve got our sandbags, we’ve signed up for CodeRED, and we’ve bought flood insurance.  But none of these measures protects us from sewage backups. 

Some people have the idea that along with flooding comes something even scarier than the flood water itself - geysers of sewage shooting out of their toilets and kitchen sinks just like “Old Faithful”!   We can thank science fiction movies for planting this smelly seed in our imaginations.

Kent to add 24,000 People

KENT, Wash. – November 9, 2009 –Effective July 1, 2010, Kent will become the sixth largest city in the state.

Tim LaPorte Named Kent’s Public Works Director

KENT, Wash. – November 6, 2009 –Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke announced Tim LaPorte has accepted the position of Director of Public Works.  LaPorte has served as the City’s Deputy Director of Public Works since January 2007 and as the Acting Director of Public Works since October 1, when former director Larry Blanchard left the post.

Kent Service Clubs to Help Elderly and Disabled with Sandbags

KENT, Wash. – November 4, 2009 – Kent service clubs are taking the lead to match volunteers with those who need help preparing for potential flooding. Residents can now call or email for help with filling and placing sandbags at their homes.

Giant Sandbag Placement on Green River Levee Completed Ahead of Schedule

KENT, Wash. – October 30, 2009 –City crews have completed placement of over 17,000 giant sandbags on the Green River levee in an effort to prevent flooding in the Kent Valley.  Spanning 12 miles on the east side of the Green River, the giant sandbags have raised the height of the levee by three feet to provide additional freeboard, or capacity, to protect the levee from overtopping.

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