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Posts tagged: Bike and Pedestrian Master Program

Today’s highlights

Spokane Chiefs, from left, Collin Valcourt, Mac Engel and Tanner Mort prepare lunch Oct. 18 at the House of Charity in Spokane. The hockey players spent parts of three days volunteering and interacting with homeless people. SR photo/Dan Pelle

We've got a little bit of everything in today's Valley Voice. Reporter Pia Hallenberg went along when the Spokane Chiefs hockey team visited the House of Charity recently to visit, give away hats and serve lunch. The team got a warm reception from the shelter's clients.

The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously approved the city's new Bike and Pedestrain Master Program on Tuesday, which was a bit of a surprise since it has been so heavily scrutinized. There's also an update of several other actions the council took, but the meeting was so long I couldn't fit everything in. Expect to see another story on the council meeting in Saturday's Valley Voice.

Correspondent Jill Barville has a great story on grandparents who raise their grandchildren and the unique challenges they face. I also checked in at the open house held Monday to present the Urbran Growth Area boundary adjustment alternatives that are being considered. Several areas in Spokane Valley are being considered for addition to the boundaries, which allow denser development. This will be on ongoing issue over the next several months.

Spokane Valley Bike and Ped plan final vote tonight

The proposed Spokane Valley Bike and Pedestrian Master Program is up before the Spokane Valley City Council tonight for for its final yes or no vote. The plan has been discussed frequently by the council and edited by council members but still faces some opposition. Public comment will be taken before the vote. If you want to have your say, head to City Hall at 11707 E. Sprague at 6 p.m. for the meeting.

Last week's council meeting lasted until 10:30 p.m. and this week's looks like it might be even longer. There is a ton of items on the agenda, including two public hearings, a final vote on the 2012 property tax levy, the first reading of the proposed 2012 budget, a proposed resolution setting the city's fees, a report on manufactured home zoning and much, much more. The Bike and Pedestrian plan is near the top of the agenda, though, so you won't have to wait around all night to see what happens with that issue.  

Bike and Pedestrian plan on tonight’s agenda

The proposed Bike and Pedesrian Master Program is back on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda tonight, but there is a difference. All other discussions have been held during study sessions. Tonight the first reading of the proposed ordinance is up for discussion, so public comment will be allowed.

There are a few other interesting items on the agenda, including a public hearing on the proposed 2012 budget and a proposed ordinance on the 2012 property tax rate. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Today’s highlights

Hosts of the Rockin' B Ranch, Pamela and Scott Brownlee, will let the curtain fall on their Cowboy Supper Show after 17 years at the end of this season. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There are a lot of good stories in today's Valley Voice, but we'll be here all day if I try to link to them all. With that in mind, I'll just give everyone a few highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently visited the Rockin' B Ranch near Stateline, where owners Pamela and Scott Brownlee plan to hang up their spurs and head off into the sunset after this season is over. They have been offering cowboy supper shows with local musicians for 17 years.

The Spokane Valley City Council did its first edit of the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program, replacing words like “increase” and “ensure” with “encourage” to make sure the plan doesn't tie their hands in any way. They'll take a detailed look at the rest of the proposed plan at a later day.

Spokane County Fire District 8 has approved putting its first ever maintenance and operations levy on the November ballot. The district is asking voters for $400,000 per year for two years to help backfill the $600,000 a year the district lost in declining property tax revenue.

Lisa also checked in with the volunteers at the East SCOPE in Otis Orchards as she nears the end of her tour of Spokane Valley area SCOPE stations.

Bike and Pedestrian plan back for discussion

The City of Spokane Valley's Bike and Pedestrian Master Program hit a bump in the road a few weeks ago when it was eyed critically by the city council after the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the council approve it. It's back up for discussion at tonight's council meeting. The meeting is a study session, however, so public comment will not be allowed. But people can still come and listen to the discussion.

The other big item on tonight's agenda is nine presentations by outside agencies who are all seeking a slice of the social services funding pie. Every year agencies line up to ask for money to fund various programs and projects. This year the city has allocated $165,000 for this purpose. The agencies on the schedule to make presentations tonight include Spokane Valley Partners, Valley Meals on Wheels and Project Access. The council will listen to the presentations tonight and vote at a later date on how much money, if any, to give to each agency.

Tonight's meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.  

Bike and Pedestrian plan a moving target

A pedestrian shares the sidewalk with bicyclists on Sprague Avenue recently. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

I've heard there is interest in when the Spokane Valley City Council will discuss the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program again. They council decided last week that they needed more time to discuss it before it comes to a first reading. The problem is that the scheduled date for that second look has been moving around more than a leaf on a windy day.

The first reading was originally scheduled for August 9. Then the second study session the council requested was briefly scheduled for Oct. 4. Now it seems it is on the agenda for the August 30 council meeting. That meeting is a study session and no public comment will be taken. Of course, that date could always change. I'll keep an eye on the advance agenda in case it moves again.

Today’s highlights

Flaggers direct traffic on Bowdish Road just south of Sprague, July 11,while utility work is completed in the area. There have been several cases so far this year where utility workers have severed natural gas lines in Spokane Valley in residential neighborhoods. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There's a ton of news to catch up on in today's Valley Voice. Let's begin with a little primer on what you should do if there is an outdoor natural gas leak in your neighborhood. It's something that has happened a lot this year as construction crews dug up gas lines. According to the experts, you should leave the area if you can smell the gas inside your home. But if your windows are shut and you can't smell any gas, you should be fine.

Some Spokane Valley City Council members took aim at the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program this week. In the end they decided there were too many questions to advance it to a first reading, so there will be another study session held on the plan. It hasn't been scheduled yet, but I'll be sure and let everyone know when the date is set.

You can also get your first look at the cash being donated to city council candidates, who has the money and who it is coming from. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on this week's discussion on the new utility tax at the Liberty Lake City Council meeting. She also checked in with three local churches who sent volunteers to Central Valley School District schools last weekend to do landscaping and other projects.

And if there are any fans of Chicken out there, correspondent Stefanie Pettit has another update. Apparently Miss Chicken is now a mother. I just love reading about that bird. 

Coming Thursday

A few Spokane Valley City Council members panned the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan during Tuesday's meeting. After a lot of questions and debate, the council decided they needed another study session on the subject before they vote on whether to move it to a first reading. There will be a full report in Thursday's Valley Voice.

Also Thursday will be a report on the campaign fundraising so far in the races for the four open City Council seats. You'll find out who has the most cash and who is making the largest donations. There have been a flurry of broken gas pipes in Spokane Valley this year, most caused by a construction crew of some sort. Tomorrow I'll have a primer on what you should do if there is an outdoor gas leak in your neighborhood. 

Packed agenda tonight

The agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is quite lengthy and we'll probably be there a while. It's a study session, so no votes are scheduled and there won't be any public comment taken. People are always invited to come and listen, however. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. 

Items on the agenda include a discussion on what type of sign to use at gateway areas of the city, the city's shoreline goals and policies, the speed limit on Indiana Avenue, a bike lane striping project and the city's Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. Of course, if you'd rather stay home in comfort you can now watch the meetings live on the internet. Just go to the city's web site at www.spokanevalley.org and click on SVTV.

Coming Thursday

It's time to take a look at the stories we've got coming for you in Thursday's Valley Voice. There was a public hearing before the Spokane Valley City Council this week on a proposed developers agreement between the city and St. John Vianney Church, which has applied to rezone a piece of property to the south of the church so Catholic Charities can build a low income senior housing complex. Plenty of people spoke against the agreement, but several also spoke in favor of it.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently visited with some happy dogs out at the Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park at Stateline. The Liberty Lake Police Department recently had a good week, clearing up several related crimes by recommending various criminal charges against five teenagers. They also dealt with a wayward gardner who wanted potting soil for his pots and decided to take some from a construction site.

There will also be a report from last week's public hearing before the Planning Commission on the city's proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. People were overwhelmingly in favor of it and it received a unanimous nod of approval from the commission.

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