September 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Council Tackles Name-Change Proposal Tonight Brewer’s Bid For Spokane Falls Vote On Agenda For Town Hall Meeting

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The Spokane City Council hits the road with a controversial issue tonight when it considers a proposal to change the city’s name.

During a town hall meeting at the Northeast Community Center, the council will decide whether to put a proposed charter amendment before voters aimed at changing the city’s name to Spokane Falls.

Councilman Mike Brewer, who is pushing the amendment, wants to get it on the ballot by November. That’s a month before he will retire from office.

Brewer has called the proposal his “legacy.”

At least two council members - Cherie Rodgers and Phyllis Holmes - say they’ll support Brewer’s motion.

Mayor Jack Geraghty and Councilman Jeff Colliton have voiced concerns about the measure.

Geraghty says voters need more time to consider the issue. Colliton is worried about the cost of changing the city’s name.

Also tonight, the council will hear a report from northeast Spokane residents about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.

A briefing for the council will begin at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The town hall meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Community Center, 4001 N. Cook.

, DataTimes


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