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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 with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. I think I have the solution to Dianes problem! Require all those who would force Diane to change the windows,be required to pay all the expenses connected to redoing the windows. If that were done,I think you would see an immediate change of heart on the complainers part.Its amazing to see how tolerant people become when their own money is at stake!

  2. omega629 says:

    Can we just make a list of the city council members and make sure they do not get re-elected??

  3. chris3dog says:

    I’ve always hated Windows, Microsoft and to some extent, Bill Gates

  4. redneckbuck says:

    NIce letter David. Jeff S. from work!

  5. I thought she was told about the requirements before installing the windows. It’s my understanding that she choose go ahead and installed them.

    At any rate, if it’s important to the community to preserve the look of these old houses, then it makes sense for the community to pay half of the excess cost over the cheaper repair/replacement to meet the preservation requirements.

  6. Btw, David they make replacement sashes that include new insulated windows that are cheaper then replacing the whole window.

  7. Workers in my agency have been warned that the freeze could/may/will/most likely be extended from the current 2 to 5 years. Details very with time and where in the food chain the word is coming from.

    3pig we live in a republic, we the citizens (with be the benign help of the ultra rich) elect people to fund and run the government.

  8. gerry0416 says:

    I am so happy that I decided not to live in Tacoma. I don’t know how these idiots get elected to office, but it doesn’t say much for the voters.

  9. Actually it is often who does not vote that determines who does and does not get elected.

  10. harleyrider1 says:


    Your home is the only personal possession that you will ever have in your lifetime that is actually referenced in the Constitution.

    I never have understood other people needing to control other people’s lives, what they say, and what they do with their homes. Generally speaking these people have a little man’s complex, need to have power, are generally under someone else’s thumb, or want to be able to at least control something!


  11. BlaineCGarver says:

    I normally don’t stand on the side of Gubment, but: This registry is voluntary, and they get huge property tax breaks by adhearing to the rules. I personally think the whole thing is a tempest in a D-Cup, but rules are rules.

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