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Liberty Lake council tonight

I nearly forgot to mention the Liberty Lake City Council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. It’s the last meeting of the year (unless another special meeting is scheduled), so the council must approve the 2011 budget. It looks like things won’t be as dire as once thought; the city discovered last week that they have more income than anticipated.

The meeting will also include a discussion of the 2011 animal control contract with SCRAPS and the presentation of Liberty Lake Police Department awards.

What’s on tap

There are some interesting meetings coming up next week. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet at its usual time at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. There are several proposed motions on the agenda, including approval of several street maintenance contracts. The council will also vote on the purchase of broadcasting equipment and changes to the Spokane County Jail and Gieger interlocal agreements.

But the votes that might generate the most discussion are the ones to dole out lodging tax money to local organizations and the selection of two new planning commission members. Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels has recommended that one of those new members be Bill Bates, the mayor’s half brother. Click here for my story on the issue.

The City of Liberty Lake has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, to discuss the 2011 budget. Recent discussions on the budget have been somewhat heated and this week one council member got up and walked out of the meeting in frustration. Proposals to cut library hours and shut the golf course down for the winter have been generating most of the angst. The council must pass the budget by the end of the year. 

Budget meeting at 1:30 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire meets at 1:30 p.m. today with Democratic and Republican leaders of the state Senate and House to discuss the state’s budget problems and their suggested solutions.

And the prospect of a special session to address them.

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans released their list of suggested cuts. They had refused to release the list Tuesday, saying that would be up to the governor. The governor’s office said it would be up to Senate Republicans.

After a day of this “After you, Alfonse. No, no, after you Gaston”, Senate Rs finally decided to take the initiative. We’ll post their list soon.