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City decides water department needs leader

Spokane once again has a permanent leader for its water department.

The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor David Condon’s appointment of Dan Kegley as the water director.

The city was without a water director from June 2012, when previous director Frank Triplett retired, until Kegley was named the acting director in May. Kegley previously was the water service supervisor.

Utilities Director Rick Romero said he waited to fill the job because he considered merging the position with the wastewater director. But after leading the department himself, Romero said, he determined the water department needed its own leader.

Council rejects water rate boost

The Spokane City Council tonight unanimously rejected a nearly 8 percent increase in water rates, but that doesn’t mean bills won’t rise next year.

A majority of the council appeared to favor raising revenue by increasing fees to boost water revenue by an amount equal to what was requested by city administrators, but those members apparently disagree on how best to do that. A rejection of Council President Joe Shogan’s request to delay a decision for a week to examine competing proposals doomed the water rate plan for the night.

“It means we go back to the drawing board and try to bring back something that will give us four votes,” said Utilities Director Dave Mandyke, referring to the minimum number of council members who must agree in order for proposals to pass.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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