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Police coverage on Housing Authority wish list

A full-time dedicated police officer is among the items on the Sunnyside Housing Authority's wish list.

The Housing Authority yesterday, Wednesday, unveiled its funding priorities for the next five years during a public hearing at its federal housing development on Federal Way.

As for the police officer, Director Ketha Kimbrough said the Housing Authority had a two-year contract for an officer in the past. She says there is a need to have one now, not only for patrolling the many residential units the Authority has, but also for preventative measures such as gang awareness and assisting residents in responding if they are the victim of a crime. Vicki Hardesty is a resident at the Federal Way complex, and she said during yesterday's hearing that there have been a number of car prowls on Housing Authority property.

While many thought bringing on a police officer was a good idea, there was some disagreement over a plan to bring a dog park to the Federal Way apartments for units 41 to 80. The park would cost $8,000 and is penciled in for development in 2012.

Hardesty said a place is needed where residents can walk their dogs. Resident Frances Potts said pet owners who don't pick up after their pets now won't do it if there's a dog park.

There was also a call for new carpeting to be included in the five-year plan. Resident Dorothy Cornelia commented that many of the units have carpeting that is more than 10 years old and in need of replacing.

Also drawing interest was a proposal on the drawing board to spend $46,000 for landscape planters. Kimbrough said the plan would mean a more uniform look for residents wanting to grow flowers or vegetables.

While there would be less individuality expressed in the plantings, Kimbrough said the

concrete-lined planters would protect flowers and vegetables from getting clipped when Housing Authority staff mow the lawns, as is the case now.

Other items included in the five-year plan, subject to approval by Sunnyside Housing Authority commissioners and federal funding, include replacing living room windows in some units, painting the building exteriors of all housing sites, replacing kitchen range hoods for some units and replacing gas furnaces in some units.

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