There are some interesting meetings coming up next week. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet at its usual time at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. There are several proposed motions on the agenda, including approval of several street maintenance contracts. The council will also vote on the purchase of broadcasting equipment and changes to the Spokane County Jail and Gieger interlocal agreements.
But the votes that might generate the most discussion are the ones to dole out lodging tax money to local organizations and the selection of two new planning commission members. Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels has recommended that one of those new members be Bill Bates, the mayor's half brother. Click here for my story on the issue.
The City of Liberty Lake has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, to discuss the 2011 budget. Recent discussions on the budget have been somewhat heated and this week one council member got up and walked out of the meeting in frustration. Proposals to cut library hours and shut the golf course down for the winter have been generating most of the angst. The council must pass the budget by the end of the year.