AUBURN – A request for a hobbyist permit in Auburn died at Monday’s city council meeting for lack of action.

Braxton Sutton had requested the permit to keep a vehicle at property he rents at 1213 21st St., which would have been valid for 180 days.

Sutton did not attend the meeting and city council members questioned whether the vehicle would be worked on or just stored outside a garage.

Councilwoman Katy Billings moved to approve the permit with a limit of 60 days, but her motion failed for lack of a second.

She asked the council why Auburn has a hobbyist permit process if the council intends to deny them without cause.

Mayor Dan White said the permit is probably an element of an enforcement campaign some years ago to get inoperable, unlicensed vehicles out of view.

The city council awarded two hobbyist permits in 2007.

Don Stevens proposed restoration of a 1986 Chevrolet Blazer at an S Street residence and Eva Martin proposed restoration of a 1998 Dodge Neon at an 11th Street residence.

There was no opposition to those permits.

Photo: city officials say a hobbyist permit is not required in the commercial district, including the old Auburn Automotive location across the street from city hall.