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The Liberty Lake City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on the city's proposed 2013 budget. If you would like to read up on the issues in advance, the budget is available at www.libertylakewa.gov. If you can't make this meeting, a second public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled during the regular council meeting on Nov. 20. Tuesday's meeting will be at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.
There are a few interesting topics on the agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, including a public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget and the first reading of the ordinance to set the 2013 property tax. If you have comments to make about how the city plans to spend its money, now is your chance. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
The council is also scheduled to vote on how much money to award to the economic development and social service agencies that requested funding. There is also a vote scheduled on an interlocal agreement with the Spokane County Library District that would cover the purchase of property on Sprague Avenue for a library and proposed park expansion.
It looks as though there will be a relatively quiet Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. There's nothing earth shaking on the agenda and the time consuming outside agency requests are over. The items on tonight's agenda that will probably get the most discussion is an update on possible uses for Lodging Tax money and more details on the proposed 2013 budget. It's a study session, so there won't be any public comment. If you would like to head over and take a listen, the meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
Remembering the fallen, looking toward the future: The Spokane Valley Fire Department continued its tradition Tuesday of honoring the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by dedicating buildings under construction. Members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard, including, from left, Greg Bennett, fire inspector, Dave Vegele, engineer/paramedic, and Michael Fields, firefighter, participated in Tuesday morning’s flag raising at Station 6. SR photo/Colin Mulvany
There's a bunch of news packed into today's Valley Voice. Local 876 of the International Association of Fire Fighters has filed a challenge to the voter registration of Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioner Monte Nesbitt. Nesbitt, who has announced he will resign at the end of the year, said he now lives in Cheney but remains registered to vote in Spokane Valley.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has some student numbers for the Central Valley School District, which has a lot more students in the classrooms than it expected. They've had to get a little creative at some schools to handle it. The Spokane Valley City Council had another review of the proposed 2013 budget and expressed some hestitation about some changes, including how street preservation is funded and how much of an ending fund balance to have.
A thief in Liberty Lake who went as far as removing tires and wheels in preparation for making off with them apparently changed his or her mind and left them behind, along with a message written in dust on a car window. The thief was uncommonly organized and tidy.
One of the highlights of tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is expected to by the city manager's discussion of his proposed 2013 budget. He'll get into details on several proposals, including how to fund street preservation projects and dropping the city's year end carryover balance from $24 million to $18 million. There is a lot more on the agenda as well, including another discussion on what uses to allow in the various zoning areas. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
Freeman Elementary School first-grade teacher Chris Cochrane helps Andrew Kopytin select his classroom seat during an open house Monday at the newly remodeled school. Cochrane has taught first grade for 25 years, including 10 at Freeman. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Happy Thursday, everyone. We have one more day until a nice, three day weekend. But before we take off, there are some highlights from today's Valley Voice to consider. For the first time in years, there are no construction crews and portable classrooms on the Freeman School District campus. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by the district's annual welcome barbecue to check out the new elementary school, which joins the new high school and upgraded middle school.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners voted this week to suspend one firefighter for two shifts without pay for disobeying an order and to fire another for unspecified reasons. Capt. Jon Sprague, who has asked to have all his discipline discussed in open public meetings, was suspended for sending religious emails using the departments email system even after he was ordered to stop.
The Spokane Valley City Council had another look at the city's proposed 2013 budget this week. The council also gave its approval for hiring an advertising firm to create some ads touting the city's attributes.
Lake City Development Corp. expects to spend $18.6 million in 2013, triple the amount it did two years ago, in large part due to the urban renewal agency's commitment to fund a big chunk of the McEuen Field redevelopment project. The draft budget pencils in drawing $12 million from the $16.75 million line of credit the agency has with Washington Trust Bank to pay for upgrades to the downtown park's redesign - a project set to begin this month and one of the major reasons LCDC was formed in 1997. The agency estimates it will pay the bank back around $2 million off that borrowed sum in the fiscal year. "This is a conservative budgeting approach," LCDC director Tony Berns wrote in a summary of the proposed budget, which is up for adoption today. "Given that the taxing entities … will most likely increase the levy rates to offset the valuation decreases for 2011, which will result in higher tax increment revenues"/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Kathy Plonka 2011 SR file photo of girls playing extreme Frisbee on McEuen Field)
Question: Are you ready to break ground on McEuen Field?
Reporter Lisa Leinberger visited a English language development class at North Pines Middle School attended by young immigrants from all over the world. The students were presenting photo stories and some talked about where they came from.
Some Millwood residents upset about a recent 14 percent water rate increase visited the Millwood City Council meeting to complain about the rate hike. Correspondent Valerie Putnam reported their concerns about paying too much for water this year.
Spokane Valley pools are open now and we have details about open swim times and swim lessons. The Spokane Valley Fire Department renamed several fire stations last week and the names of one or two might surprise you.
If you have ever wanted to spend the entire day with the Spokane Valley City Council, now is your chance. On Tuesday the council will have it's annual spring/summer retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The main topic of discussion will be the 2013 budget, plus some discussion on street preservation projects.
After a short break, the council will have its regular weekly meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. There will be a public hearing on the draft six year Transportation Improvement Plan. The council is scheduled to vote on whether to award a bid for the phase one of the pavement preservation projects and there will be further discussion on the proposed zone change for 601 N. Conklin Road.
Of course, this means I will be away from the blog tomorrow. I may tweet a bit from the council retreat, but otherwise I'll see everyone back here on Wednesday.