Spokane Valley Fire commissioners spent the beginning of their most recent meeting giving plaques and recognition to outgoing Spokane Valley council members Diana Wilhite, Rich Munson and Dick Denenny.
“I don’t think a city could have picked a better city council to get started with,” said Commissioner Monte Nesbitt.
The appreciation was flowing both ways as Munson said he had always been impressed with the quality of the fire department. “I consider each one of you in uniform a hero,” he said.
The commissioners also approved a change in the design of the new administration building that will be built next to Station 8. Two sections of the two-story building that were originally to have a flat roof will now have a pitched roof and be built to withstand a larger snow load. The new building will include offices, public meeting space, an evidence room and a workout room.
Nesbitt asked if there would be any safety features in place to protect employees. “We have had some nasty folks show up,” he said.
Deputy Chief Larry Rider said the reception area will be fully visible to others in the office and that a panic alarm could be installed.
Plans are being finalized to send the construction of the new Station 10 out to bid in mid-February, with bids awarded in mid-March.