Today at the City-County Building in Tacoma, Judge Larkin ruled in favor of Mike Stanzel in his seemingly everlasting court battle with the City of Puyallup for a water availability letter.
Mr. Stanzel and his wife own Mike ‘N’ Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park in unincorporated Pierce County, north of the city of Puyallup. They want to add a gameroom to their property for people to rent to have birthday parties or sports team parties. The game room would include restrooms and a kitchen that require water hookups. Mr. Stanzel also wants to build separate restroom facilities on the property to make it more convenient for his guests.
If his property is in the county, what does the city have to do with it? Well, Mr. Stanzel’s property is located within the City’s water service area, meaning anyone wishing to have water must contract it with the city. The city does not want to give Mr. Stanzel water for his game room because he refuses to sign an annexation petition from the city, something the city requires in its’ code.
Judge Larkin had two issues to rule on: 1. Mr. Stanzel refuses to sign the annexation petition so the city says he cannot get water. Judge Larkin ruled that the city cannot require a property owner to sign an annexation agreement in order to get water.
2. The city will now allow Mr. Stanzel to “T” the water line for the new gaming room off of the existing church building on the site, part of the cities code. Mr. Stanzel has agreed to add a new line, a new meter, whatever the city requires that is reasonable for getting his letter, so that issue was handled with the judge.
Judge Larkin is setting a date in 2011 to settle attorney’s fees and force the city to give Mr. Stanzel his water availability letter, if they haven’t done so already.
Once he has the letter, he can apply to the county for a building permit to start construction on his new game room.