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Saturday’s highlights

Students from Orchard Center Elementary School march down a street near the school Friday, during a celebration of Martin Luther King Day. The students made signs and performed a skit at an assembly. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley.

It's a windy Tuesday morning out there as we come off a three day weekend and prepare for the first big snowstorm of the winter. But before we look forward to that, it's time to look back to Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Orchard Center Elementary last week while the students put on a skit on Martin Luther King Jr. and had their own march near the school.

The Spokane Valley City Council voted somewhat reluctantly last week to approve the renewal of the city's street maintenance contract. The contract, which includes some snow plowing duties, has been the topic of discussion for several weeks.

The Spokane Valley Public Works Department held a community meeting last week to talk about this summer's planned reconstruction project on Sprague Ave. between Evergreen and Sullivan Road. The project should start around mid-May and last somehwere between 10-12 weeks.

The congregation of the Veradale United Church of Christ recently voted to become an “open and affirming” congregation. They crafted a statement that welcomes all people, including gays and lesbians.

Today’s highlights

The landowner of a 3.77-acre parcel, just west of Shelley Lake and north of Central Valley High School at 15818 E. Fourth Ave., is proposing to build 41 townhomes. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

First of all, let me apologize for being MIA from the blog a lot this week. I was moving my base of operations and have spent a lot of time packing and unpacking files. But I'm all settled in now, so it's back to normal. Today's Valley Voice is full of news stories, including one from reporter Lisa Leinberger on the fun High 5 program at Evergreen Middle School. Nearly all the students have signed a pledge to stay drug free and participate in High 5 events.

Valleyfest organizers are worried about the future of the annual festival in the aftermath of the decision by the Spokane Valley City Council not to grant lodging tax funding. There will be a second round of applications accepted, but organizers worry it may be too late. This week the council also had a lengthy discussion on the city's street maintenance contract and whether the term is too long and if the contract should be re-bid.

A hearing was held last week on a proposed 41 townhome development just west of Shelley Lake on Fourth Ave. Neighbors spoke against the project because they believe it violates a developer's agreement negotiated between Spokane Valley and the property owner. A decision on whether to approve the plan for the development should come within two weeks.

Lisa also has a report on the Liberty Lake City Council budget discussions this week. The council decided to have a special meeting next week to discuss it further.

Spokane Valley gets road grants

Word has come in that the city of Spokane Valley has been awarded Transportation Improvement Board grants to pay for the extension of Mansfield Ave. east of Pines and the reconstruction of Sprague Avenue from Evergreen to Sullivan Road. The Spokane Valley City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to accept the grants.

Other items on the council's agenda tonight include a discussion of the city's capital projects list, gateway signs, the street maintenance contract and the street sweeping contract. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

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.

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