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Qualchan Developer Awaits Council Decision

The Spokane City Council will decide tonight whether water must come before houses in the Hangman Valley.

Developer Lamont Glines has posted a $190,000 bond to cover the cost of a 41,000 gallon water tank for his Qualchan Hills subdivision. The tank will be built by 1998, he said.

In the meantime, Glines wants permission to sell 12 lots that will obtain water from that tank. The existing water supply is adequate for the short-term, Glines said while stating his case to the council last week.

But City Planning Director Irv Reed disagrees, saying there’s not enough water pressure now.

What’s more, Reed said, contractors who built houses on Qualchan Hills lots haven’t installed in-house pumps to boost water pressure, as required by the city hearing examiner.

That same requirement would apply to the 12 new houses.

The City Council normally takes two weeks to consider such cases. Glines asked it to decide the issue in a week, saying Qualchan Properties Inc. faces bankruptcy if it doesn’t sell more lots soon.

“Basically, we don’t have a month; we don’t have two or three weeks,” he said. “We’ve got a week.”

In other matters, the council will hold a hearing on a proposal to vacate an alley between DeSmet and Cataldo avenues from Cook to Altamont streets. Land on both sides of the alley is owned by Crown Pacific Inland.

, DataTimes

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