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Two Spokane council changes make it a bit less expensive to build a new home

Spokane's City Council adopted two changes to the building code this week, both making it easier for home builders to put up new homes.

The first was removing the mandate that water service lines had to be done with copper pipe.

That deal came out of work with the Spokane Home Builders Association, who has suggested the city should allow pipes go in with less expensive High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe.

Copper is still an alternative but not required. That change to poly is based on the high cost of copper, its attraction to site thieves and poly'srelatively simpler installation.

The second change requires new water meters for homes to be placed within 3 feet of the property line and no longer in basements.

The change will make it easier to read and access meters. Additionally, meters located outside will no longer be required to be housed inside an expensive concrete vault; the ordinance allows installation in a plastic PVC box.

The city's Water Department has said roughly 80 percent of builders already install water meters at the property line, which has been the typical rule in neighboring jurisdictions.

Both changes mean home construction costs can be kept reasonable, allowing more new homeowners to buy, said Phil Folyer, a past president of the Spokane Home Builders Association.

The association also cited a study by the National Association of Home Builders asserting that in the Spokane area, a $1,000 increase in the cost of a new home will price about 244 families out of the market.

GSI sponsoring a morning question-answer session with new city officials

Greater Spokane Incorporated is hosting an event it calls Connect with the Elect. It's a morning questio-answer session with new folks on the Spokane City Council, including Mike Allen, Steve Salvatori and Council President Ben Stuckart.

It's Feb. 29 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the GSI building, 810 W. Riverside Ave.

To reserve a spot click RSVP.

Steve Salvatori, council candidate, and weekly talk show host

Local business owner and office-building owner Steve Salvatori is running for Spokane City Council.

Salvatori has also become a noted radio talk show host, with a growing following for his weekly radio show on KSBN Radio.

Naturally, there needed to be a decision by KSBN regarding the overall fairness question; did Salvatori have an unfair platform to talk about himself through the show, and if so, how to deal with that?

So KSBN station management  made sure it offered his opponent, Karen Kearney, the chance to host her own show. Kearney, we were told, declined the offer.

UPDATE added: We learned that Kearney has dropped out, a piece of information not listed in this blog originally. The remaining other candidate, Joy Jones, was also invited by KSBN to have a show. Joy also declined the chance to have a weekly show.

So Salvatori continues his weekly show, a 30-minute question-answer recording with area business people. KSBN, we'll add, is making an effort to find a solid audience for its business news programs.

The lineup and archive of his interviews is at Salvatori's own Spokane Entrepreneurial Center page.

The guests to date include Spokesman-Review publisher Stacey Cowles, Signature Genomics co-founder Dr. Lisa Shaffer and Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS.

Salvatori ran last year for Spokane County Commissioner and didn't make it past the primary.

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