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Spokane officials balk at billing for sidewalk snow clearing

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5 a.m.

LDS Sister Hunter Andruski, left, and Sister Kassidee Gooch clear the sidewalk and steps for Martha Hess, rear, Feb. 8, 2017, on Carlisle Avenue in Spokane. The city has backed off of plans this snow season that would have billed home owners to clear their sidewalks of snow. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The proposal, which has been tabled for this snow season, would have allowed the city to hire crews to clear trouble areas near schools and businesses. Officials also say they won’t ticket for failure to adhere to the new rule requiring parking on the odd side of the street throughout the winter months.

Spokane Valley residents face fines for not clearing snow from sidewalks

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

This map of Spokane Valley shows areas of Tier I (yellow) and Tier II (blue) priority for snow removal, as well as safe routes to schools (red). (City of Spokane Valley)
Spokane Valley could begin imposing fines this snow season for residents who don’t shovel their sidewalks. The City Council passed an ordinance last month requiring residents to clear snow and ice from their sidewalk within 48 hours if accumulation is three inches or more, or face a $52 fine.

Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through

Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5 a.m.

Joe Collins, 60, center, receives baked goods while attending the Blessings Under the Bridge, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in downtown Spokane, Wash. Volunteers Roxie Sundberg, 12, left, and Joanne Freeman, right, 55, help Collins through the line on the sidewalk near the corner of 4th Avenue and McClellan Street. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served an eviction notice last May, saying the weekly meal was preventing enforcement of the sit-lie ordinance.

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