March 17, 2012 in Washington Voices

In brief: Council eases use of barbed wire

From Local Reports

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane Valley City Council approved new landscaping regulations Tuesday that changed such things as when landscape architects are required for projects and when landscaping must be installed under business signs. The aspect that got the most attention, however, was the change to allow barbed wire fencing in certain zones because it directly affected two council members.

Councilman Arne Woodard said a small section of the fencing at his home is not accessible to the public. He announced Tuesday that even though he thought he could be unbiased in his vote, he would recuse himself from the discussion because it might create a perception of conflict of interest. “The perception is the reality,” he said.

Councilman Dean Grafos has barbed wire security fencing around his mini-storage business at Sprague and Conklin that was not allowed previously but will now be allowed under the new rules. “My fence was conforming when it was put up,” Grafos said. “I think I can take a vote on this without an ethical lapse.”

The vote to approve the new regulations was unanimous, with Woodard abstaining.

Pet event features tips, author vet

SPOKANE VALLEY – Paradise Pet Resort and Doggie Daycare, 11420 E. Jackson Ave., invites pet owners to have their questions answered by veterinarian Marty Becker on March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Becker practices in Sandpoint.

The event, “Pet Quest at Paradise” will include training and grooming tips, demonstrations, massage therapy, natural pet treats and vendor booths. Pets also will be available for adoption from the Spokane Humane Society, SCRAPS and Paradise Pet Resort.

Becker has been featured on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” and is the author of “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog.” His newest book “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual” will be released this spring. He is also the co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul.” Becker’s books will be for sale at the event and all proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Spokane Humane Society.

For more information, call (509) 209-6024 or visit The event is free and open to the public.

Public meeting on Pines upgrades

SPOKANE VALLEY – The city of Spokane Valley will host a public meeting Wednesday to talk about options for connecting sidewalks along Pines Road between 16th and 23rd avenues. The discussion will also include adding curbs, a bike lane and storm drain improvements. The city is looking for input from nearby property owners, because fencing and landscaping may be affected.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at South Pines Elementary School, 12021 E. 24th Ave. Call the city at (509) 820-5012 for more information.

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