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TACOMA: City needs to back off on windows

Letter by David G. Holzmeyer, Tacoma on March 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm | 11 Comments »
March 15, 2011 1:26 pm

Diane Burke, the owner of a North Tacoma home dating back to the 19th century h,as been treated unjustly by the Tacoma City Council.

At her own expense she is being unfairly made to replace her vinyl windows with much more expensive wood-frame windows by the Landmarks and Preservation Commission and the Tacoma City Council. These two groups want to hold Diane accountable for preserving her historical old house, which for them means forcing her to remove her vinyl windows.

Their position on this issue is not equitable because other homeowners in Diane’s neighborhood have been allowed to install vinyl windows in their historical old homes. Additionally, Diane had her vinyl windows installed by a contractor who was on the Tacoma Public Utilities recommended weatherization list.

She has in good faith tried to make her house more energy efficient and reduce her carbon footprint. However, due to the lack of cooperation and understanding on behalf of the Tacoma City Council and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, she may have to move to a different location.

She has testified in front of the Tacoma City Council three times in the last 21/2 years, and still no resolution has been reached. It is time for the Tacoma City Council to stop wasting taxpayers’ time and money and let Diane keep her vinyl windows.

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