Re­quest tabled

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - ANNETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

The discovery of covenants for Wind­mill Es­tates prompted the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to ta­ble home oc­cu­pa­tion re­quest from a res­i­dent on As­both.

“I own the home, the busi­ness will not have sig­nage and there will be in­fre­quent cus­tomers at the house,” Ryan Walker said. Walker, po­lice chief, said he was act­ing as a pri­vate cit­i­zen, not in his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity. “I will be pro­vid­ing au­dio and up­dat­ing for ve­hi­cles — speak­ers or up­dat­ing to any kind of ve­hi­cle. It could be an an­tenna on a jeep or an emer­gency ve­hi­cle. Ninety-nine per­cent will be done in my garage with the door shut. Ev­ery­thing I do is in­side the garage.”

Plan­ner Don­nie Ewald asked about sound pol­lu­tion.

“I do need to chirp the sirens and check the speak­ers,” Walker said, adding that he has done the work pre­vi­ously at his house for the city for free and no one com­plained. “This is more of a recre­ational thing on the side — help­ing a buddy out.”

Plan­ner Dr. Karen Sher­man read: “… oc­cu­pied for sin­gle fam­ily res­i­dence pur­poses by the owner.” The covenant was filed Dec. 20, 2004, in the Ben­ton County Clerk’s of­fice.

Walker, who said he didn’t

know of the covenants, asked: “Where did you get that? Was some­body in the sub­di­vi­sion com­plain­ing?”

“Are we talk­ing about covenants that we don’t know where they’ve come from?” Walker asked. “I’ve kind of got a con­cern that it is caus­ing a prob­lem that we don’t known where it came from and it doesn’t have an af­fect … Are you go­ing to check for covenants from now on?”

“We need to be as­sured that the role to make that de­ci­sion is legally sound,” Ewald said.

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