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Valley council meeting tomorrow

Sorry about the interruption in the flow of blog posts. It's really hard to blog without an internet connection. Tomorrow's Spokane Valley City Council meeting has quite a few things that will be of interest to the community. The council will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss the applicants for the council seat vacated by the resignation of Rose Dempsey. During the regular meeting at 6 p.m., the council will vote on which candidates to interview during the March 29 council meeting.

The council is also expected to give final approval to proposed ordinances that will loosen rules on keeping backyard chickens and tighten rules that apply to adult retail businesses. A vote is also scheduled on the Indiana Avenue Extension project.

The council will hear a report on several proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments, but there will be no vote on any of them this week. One amendment would kill the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan and another would allow St. John Vianney Catholic Church to rezone land next to the church for the purpose of putting in low income senior housing.

See you tomorrow at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. 

Today’s highlights

The HUB Sports Center hosted the Apex Awareness Volleyball Tournament for Kira’s Kloset, March 5 and 6, and 16 teams from throughout the Inland Northwest traveled to play. The facility has five full-size basketball courts that can be converted into 10 volleyball courts. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

With all that rain that's coming down out there, now is a good time to get a cup of coffee and check out the stories from today's Valley Voice. This week the Spokane Valley City Council advanced two ordinances. One will loosen the rules on chickens in residential areas and the other will toughen language that applies to adult retail businesses. Both are now scheduled for a final vote during the March 22 council meeting.

Spokane Valley Finance Director Ken Thompson has announced that he will retire in June. He will be the fourth department head to leave the city in a little over a year. The city plans to replace him as soon as possible and applications will also be accepted soon for the city attorney position.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger headed out to the Valley HUB recently to see how the non-profit is doing. Business is up and there's enough money to pay the bills, but the issue of ownership of the building is still out there. Regular correspondent Stefanie Pettit has a touching column about her long time friend and mother figure who recently died. 

If you are handy in the kitchen and looking for a steady opportunity to volunteer, Shalom Ministries in downtown Spokane is looking for a volunteer chef to cook breakfast four times a week and dinner once a week for low income people. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a nice feature in today's Voice on current volunteer chef John “Gus” Olsen, who is retiring.

Full agenda for tonight’s council meeting

The Sullivan bridge was dedicated in a ceremony on Nov. 9, 1951. The above picture looks northwewstward toward Trentwood. Many valley, county and state officials attended the ceremony opening the $200,000 bridge to traffic. This is the section that carries southbound traffic today and is in need of replacement. Photo Archive/The Spokesman-Review.
  

I'm guessing tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting will run long since the agenda is packed. The council is scheduled to vote on whether or not to purchase land on the southern edge of the Spokane Valley Industrial Park for a street maintenance facility. Tonight is also the first reading of two ordinances, one of which would loosen restrictions on chickens in back yards and the other would toughen city code language that applies to adult retail businesses. So far the public comment on the new chicken rules has been overwhelmingly in favor, but the Mayor says the city is beginning to get emails against allowing more chickens.

The council will also hear reports on allowing livestock in mixed use areas, the planned extension of Indiana Avenue east of Sullivan and the Sullivan Road bridge replacement project.

Today’s highlights

Members of the East Valley High School Washington Drug-Free Youth puppet troupe include from left, Cally King, Searra Cameron, Jon Merkel, Mickell Rigsby, Jessica Rabe, Morgan Hendricks and Kendall Bancroft. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

There's a nice, thick Valley Voice to read today. Reporter Lisa Leinberger takes a look at the Washington Drug Free Youth chapter at East Valley High School. It is the largest chapter in the state. Members take a pledge to be drug free and in exchange they get a t-shirt and discounts and local businesses. They also talk to younger students about the importance of being drug free.

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend to the City Council that the rules on keeping chickens in residential areas should be relaxed. Roosters, however, will not be welcome.

Correspondent Jill Barville has an inspiring story on Jeana Moore, who walked 4,434 miles across the country to raise awareness of the National Bone Marrow Registry. There is also a tribute to the Very Rev. Mart Craft, who served at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evanglist for 42 years. He died recently of cancer at the age of 71. He founded Mid-City Concerns and was president of Connoisseur Concerts in addition to his work with the church.

Coming Thursday

In Thursday's Valley Voice we'll take a look at the Washington Drug Free Youth chapter at East Valley High School. It's the largest chapter in the state, though EVHS certainly isn't the largest high school. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will look at the group of teens who are willing to plege to stay drug free and submit to random drug tests to prove it.

Last week's Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting was for the birds - literally. After hours of public testimony and discussion, the commission unanimously voted to recommend to the city council that the city's rules on chickens in residential areas be relaxed to allow more people to keep the feathered creatures in their back yards. Everyone who testified at the public hearing was in favor of the idea. The city council will have the final say on the matter.

We'll also have a report on the Liberty Lake Council meeting this week. Among other things, they discussed their council retreat that is set for next week at City Hall.

Packed planning commission meeting tomorrow

I'm back at the keyboard after a long day spent with the Spokane Valley City Council in various meetings yesterday. You'll see my story on the regular city council meeting in Thursday's Valley Voice and the story on the council retreat will be in on Saturday.

For those of you that haven't checked the paper yet, some people in Central Valley are unhappy today after yesterday's bond election failed. Several reporters, including the Valley's own Lisa Leinberger, collaborated on a story in today's paper on the various bond and levy elections.

Now then, on to business. The Spokane Valley Planning Comission is meeting tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in City Hall (11707 E. Sprague) and the agenda is packed with items that may draw some interest. There will be more discussion on adult retail entertainment plus a public hearing on possible changes to the city code regarding the keeping of chickens. There will also be a study session on the annual Comprehensive Plan amendments. The comp plan can only be amended once a year and this year the entire Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan is up for elimination.

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