If you can't the attention of your landlord or city inspectors about your building's cockroach problem, try the Seattle City Council.
That's what Ken Jennings did Wednesday, when he made use of the public comment period at the council's Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee to describe a rampant roach problem that his landlord and city code enforcers aren't dealing with -- in violation, Jennings says, of city law.
Jennings lives in Bell Tower, a Belltown high-rise owned by the Seattle Housing Authority. Last fall, residents formed a Roach Policy Committee that developed an alternative to spraying that it urged SHA to adopt. When SHA refused, the residents filed a complaint with the city's Department of Planning and Development.
But it, too, has failed to act, Jennings says. "The ordinance calls for eradication," he told council members." By ignoring the problem, he said, "what DPD is doing is a defacto amending of the ordinance."