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Streets being swept in Spokane Valley

The city of Spokane Valley has begun its fall street sweeping. Sweepers will be at work during daylight hours (weather permitting) in priority zones 1 and 2, which are all located south of Sprague Ave. Arterials will also be cleaned. A map and more additional details are on the city's web site here. The primary reason for sweeping certain areas that have a large number of trees is to clean up debris that can clog storm drains. But that doesn't mean residents can rake their leaves or pine needles into the street. Homeowners are responsible for disposing of their yard debris.

Spokane Valley street sweep underway

A city-wide street sweep is underway in Spokane Valley. The task to clean up debris to ensure storm drains continue to function is expected to last until mid-June. For the first time residents can track where street sweeping is taking place with a new status map on the city's web page. It shows what areas have been completed and which areas are currently being swept. The cost for the city-wide sweep is being partially funded by a $50,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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.

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