March 4, 2010 in Washington Voices

Pathway committee updates Council

Mike Boyle

The Liberty Lake City Council addressed a number of issues during discussions at Tuesday night’s meeting while holding off on taking final action on any of those issues discussed.

The council got an update on the ad-hoc committee of city residents and council members in solving the Valleyway/Lakeside pathway issue at Bella Lago. Resident Shanna Hale said the committee is close to finding two to three alternative solutions to the current plan and hopes to have a proposal for the council at the next meeting in two weeks.

Mayor Pro Tem David Crump gave a recap of the city’s finance committee that is looking into improving security at City Hall and updating policies of the city’s financial management.

Mayor Wendy Van Orman gave the council a summation of the Council of Governments meeting and said the city is currently seventh on the list of cities being considered for the new Spokane County jail site. Van Orman also gave a report on the status of the HUB sports facility and the hopes of keeping it open on a permanent basis with the use of city funds.

“I think the game plan for each jurisdiction at this point is to do a little more background and find out what the community wants, if this is something that they actually want to keep within the region or not,” said Van Orman. “It’s the only kind like it. We’re hoping we hear enough back from the community and if we’ve got both councils on board, to put it on the ballot in November.”

City Manager Doug Smith gave several reports detailing that pothole projects have been completed in the city, and that the golf course has now been open for two weeks with a new fence along the driving range.

Smith also detailed a plan for the city to pursue a Fiber to the Premise contest being sponsored by for cities with between 5,000 to 50,000 users. The winning city would become the beta test site for a new broadband service that would increase speed for users by 100 times the normal broadband speed.

“You have to make a pretty compelling argument as to why your community should be the one chosen for this site,” said Smith. (There’s) hundreds, possibly thousands (of cities up for it). It’s a very attractive opportunity.”

The deadline for the application is March 26. The city is also in the process of going paperless for council meetings, as the city hopes to install laptop computers that will take the place of paper packets that are currently distributed to council members.

“The hope is that in addition to preventing all the additional work load on our staff in compiling the packets (for the council), it will also save on the printing costs associated with putting those packets together,” said Smith.

Police Chief Brian Asmus also gave the council a report on the feasibility of a K-9 dog for the department, which the council will further address at their next meeting.

Mayor Van Orman also announced the city’s annual Easter Egg hunt will be held April 3. There will be both a morning and night egg hunt, with the morning hunt for toddlers through fourth graders and the evening hunt at 8 p.m. for fifth-graders through seniors in high school. There will also be a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. that morning.

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