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Government Almanac For The Week Of January 15

Spokane City Council

5:30 p.m. briefing Tuesday, fifth floor conference room 6 p.m. regular meeting in council chambers City Hall, W808 Spokane Falls Boulevard The council will consider raising planning fees, extending a moratorium on manufactured housing and buying the Riverfront Park bicycle rental shop.

Spokane County Commissioners

5:30 p.m. Tuesday Public Works Building Commissioners will consider an agreement with the city of Spokane for funding of the historic preservation office. They will also take public testimony on ZN-038-94, a proposal to build 42 homes on Half Moon Prairie. Spokane County Freeholders 5:30 p.m. Thursday Health District building, W1101 College Freeholders will continue debating their charter, which would consolidate Spokane city and county governments.

Spokane County Freeholders

9 a.m. Saturday Telect Inc. N2111 Molter, Liberty Lake Freeholders will hear from a consultant who is studying the costs of consolidating city and county government.

 
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