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Valley Lilac Festival candidates back row, left to right: Porscha Smith, University; Christa Gentili, The Oaks Christian Academy; and Brianna Bogart, Valley Christian. Front row, left to right: Katie Mandler, Gonzaga Prep, and Kaleigh Fox, Central Valley. SR photo/Colin Mulvany
Well, it's Thursday again and time for some more Valley Voice highlights. Five of the 14 Lilac Princesses live in the Valley area. They attend University High School, Valley Christian, Central Valley High School, Gonzaga Prep and The Oaks Christian Academy. Today's Valley Voice includes interviews with all five. The Lilac Queen and her court will be selected Sunday.
As expected, the Spokane Valley City Council voted this week to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan and relplace it with mixed use zoning. Today's story includes a lot of public comment from both sides of the issue.
The Valley Voice is going to look a little purple on Thursday. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has interviews with all the Lilac Princesses who live in the Valley. There are girls from Valley Christian, University High School and Central Valley High School. The princesses from Gonzaga Prep and the Oaks Classical Christian Academy are also Valley residents.
The Spokane Valley City Council faced a packed room last night as people came out to comment on the emergency amendment to eliminate the City Center zone from the Sprauge/Appleway Revitalization Plan. They voted to approve the amendment four to one. Councilman Bill Gothmann voted against it and councilman Bob McCaslin was absent.
Some of the small towns in southern Spokane County got a bit of sticker shock this year when it came time to negotiate their law enforcment contract with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. But a deal was struck and the towns will have smaller increases this year.
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Tuesday nights have certainly been interesting lately and that should continue tomorrow. The Spokane Valley City Council will meet and the top item on the agenda is the second reading and final vote on the proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to eliminate the City Center zone of SARP and replace it with Mixed Use Avenue zoning. There was a ton of public comment at last week's meeting and there will probably be more tomorrow. The council will also discuss the procedure to replace council woman Rose Dempsey, who resigned last week. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
The East Valley school board will meet tomorrow as well. Their meetings have been lively recently as parents and community members have packed in to comment about the district's proposed re-visioning plan. The issue isn't on the agenda, but more people might wander in to have their say. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the District Administration Center, 12325 E. Grace.
The City of Spokane Valley offices will not be open Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Similarly, I won't be around to post any interesting tidbits, so come back and check in on Tuesday.
We do have something to look forward to over the weekend. The Spokane Valley City Council will have a discussion Tuesday on the proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalizaton Plan and replace it with Mixed Use Avenue zoning. It has been a hot topic of discussion and there will likely be a large crowd. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. See you there!
If you marked your calendar for the council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, to share your views on a proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone from SARP, get out your eraser. The city has put out its agenda and packet for the meeting and the emergency ordinance isn't on it. A quick look at the advance agenda shows the first reading has been moved to the Jan. 18 meeting, with the final vote still scheduled for Jan. 25.
Tueday's meeting is not a study session, so people can still give their opinion on the issue during the public comment period. With that item off the agenda, what little is left should be wrapped up quickly enough that I can get home in time to watch NCIS. The council is set to consider a proposed petty cash resolution, a motion on the parks and recreation maintenance contract and a letter of support for the Appleway Courts Senior Housing project.
Ponderosa Elementary School principal Jerrol Olson “high fives” Mrs. Heckema's 1st grade class as they walk by the “open concept” media center on their way to lunch, while a class is in session. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Here we are in 2011 and we've still got great things to read in the Valley Voice. Today reporter Lisa Leinberger writes about the upcoming Central Valley School District bond issue that will modernize many of the schools, including Ponderosa Elementary. It can be difficult for teachers to hold class in a building with no interior walls and not nearly enough electrical outlets.
A majority of the Spokane Valley City Council indicated they wanted to move ahead with an emergency comprehensive plan amendment to eliminate the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan despite the planning commission's recommendation that the amendment be rejected.
Former Spokane Valley councilman Steve Taylor wrote a touching tribute to former Spokane Valley mayor Rich Munson, who died on New Year's Day. A public memorial service for Munson is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at CenterPlace.
In the main paper reporter Meghann Cuniff has a short report on two burglars who were chased by a business owner and then tracked down by a police K9 called Maximus.
There are only six items on the agenda for the Spokane Valley City Council meeting on Tuesday, but item number three is a doozy. The council will get their first chance to discuss a proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to cut the City Center from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. The planning commission has recommended denying the emergency amendment, which was initiated at the request of a land owner who wants to put in a used car lot at University City.
The commission did not hold back in giving its opinion, saying the proposed amendment was “processed too quickly and without sufficient public input” and that the commission believes SARP and the City Center Zone “has not been given enough time to develop” and that “a lack of vision and indecisiveness for a City Center is contributing to economic problems.”
The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, is a study session, so no public comment will be taken. The issue is scheduled to be considered at the Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 council meetings, where public comments will be accepted.
The Liberty Lake City Council is also scheduled to meet on Tuesday and has a similarly brief agenda. The only items on the table are the monthly staff reports and the 2011 standing committee appointments. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.
Six-year old Shain Cothren of Suncrest holds a homing pigeon Sunday that will fly to the North Pole to deliver his Christmas wish list (attached to the right leg) to Santa Claus. He asked for a monster house and a Transformer. SR photo/Bart Rayniak
We’ve got a busy Valley Voice today, so grab a cup of coffee and get settled in. A new Christmas tree lot at Pines and Mansfield is offering a unique perk. Kids can send their letters to Santa at the North Pole via homing pigeon, which has apparently been a big hit. Readers following the exploits of “Chicken” can read an update by correspondent Stefanie Pettit on how well the bird is settling into her new home.
This week the Spokane Valley city council voted by a slim majority to name Bill Bates, the half-brother of the mayor, to the city’s planning commission despite protests from some council members that it appears to be a conflict of interest. Things are looking a little less dire in Liberty Lake than they were last week. The city council there held a special budget meeting this week and voted on how to allocate an extra $140,000 in income to alleviate cuts previously proposed.
Liberty Lake police have made arrests in a long string of garage burglaries and vehicle prowls. They’ve also had a break in multiple thefts of flat screen televisions from RV’s. The Spokane Valley Planning Commission met to discussed a proposed emergency ordinance to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. The majority voted to recommend that the city council reject the amendment, but it doesn’t end there. The issue will be considered by the council at the Jan. 4 meeting.
Tools of the trade: Liberty Lake police believe these items were used to commit numerous garage burglaries and car prowls in Liberty Lake in recent weeks. Photo is courtesy the Liberty Lake Police Department.
It has been an interesting week or so in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake and the stories coming up in Thursday’s Valley Voice will have the highlights. Liberty Lake Police believe they have arrested a couple who are responsible for a series of garage burglaries and vehicle prowls in recent weeks. Both have extensive criminal histories and the male was arrested in Liberty Lake for similar crimes in 2006.
The Liberty Lake City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the 2011 budget, which has been the subject of some controversy. The Spokane Valley City Council voted by a narrow majority in a contentious meeting to appoint the mayor’s half-brother to the planning commission.
Last week the Spokane Valley Planning Commission met and the majority voted to recommend that the city council reject a proposed emergency comprehensive plan amendment to remove the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. Some of the commissioners, however, said they believed the city council would ignore their recommendation.
If so much city government conflict has you reaching for your Tylenol, there will also be a fun story on a new Christmas tree lot that allows kids to write a letter to Santa and sends it to the North Pole via homing pigeon.
There won’t be a Spokane Valley Planning Commission meeting tomorrow because of Veteran’s Day. It has been moved to Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers, 11707 E. Sprague. It will be a work session on the proposed emergency ordinance to replace the City Center zone in the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan with Mixed Use Avenue zoning. Since it is a work session no public comment will be taken. The public can make their opinions known during a public hearing on the issue during the Dec. 9 meeting. You can find the agenda for the meeting on the city’s web site.