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Tue., April 2, 2013, 12:10 p.m.

Judge Gives OK To Sewer Project

Judge John Luster has given approval, through the judicial confirmation process, for the city of Coeur d'Alene to spend $36M for a federally mandated expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The judge deemed the project an "ordinary and necessary" expense -- and, therefore, it doesn't require a public vote. The city is moving ahead with a public vote because Councilman Steve Adams has threatened to appeal the decision, tying up the project in court for possibly up to a year and endangering federal loans and funding. Full judge's decision here.

Question: Do you think someone can talk some sense into Councilman Steve Adams before tonight's meeting, to avoid an unnecessary expense of $75,000 to conduct a bond election in May?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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