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Friday, February 9, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Church sticks with Tent City

Seattle Times Eastside bureau

St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond will allow Tent City 4 to move to church grounds Saturday despite a letter from the city of Redmond warning the church that hosting the camp would violate city code.

A city hearing examiner ruled Monday that the Redmond Planning Department erred by not bringing the issue before the City Council before issuing the temporary-use permit, and that the permit issued is void.

The city hand-delivered a letter Wednesday to St. Jude Church warning church leaders that by hosting the camp they would be violating the law. On Thursday the church issued a statement saying it would welcome the campers as planned, for a period of 90 to 110 days.

"St. Jude and Tent City 4 agree to abide by the safety provisions set down by the hearing examiner and will voluntarily provide sidewalk monitors during school-transit times for a period of at least 30 days," according to an e-mail statement from church leaders.

Steven Fischer, senior planner with the city, said if St. Jude violates city code, it will be subject to penalties that begin at $100 a day.

"Should any civil penalties be imposed, these will be paid through voluntary donations rather than regular Parish funds," the church's e-mail statement said.

City officials hope to file an appeal, which is being reviewed by the city attorney, to the hearing examiner's decision by the end of the week, Fischer said.

The planning department contends it followed proper permit procedure, he said.

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