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Thursday’s highlights

Tim Page, of Bellingham, climbs a rock face as his nephew Nathan Pettis, 15, belays on Monday at John H. Shields Park in Spokane. Page, a program coordinator with the American Alpine Institute, was in town to see family and decided to take Pettis climbing. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland

Well, the highlight of my morning is certainly my amazingly fast new computer. Programs no longer take 10 minutes to open and I no longer have to click and wait. Great stuff. Everyone else, however, will have to make do with the highlights from today's Valley Voice.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently stopped by the Minnehaha Rocks, where locals go for climbing and hiking. There are routes for beginners and advanced climbers at Minnehaha, formally known as John H. Shields Park. The Spokane Valley City Council voted this week to approve a zone change request for land on Conklin Road just south of Broadway. The change to high density residential clears the way for an apartment complex. The council also approved a development agreement to mitigate impacts on neighbors.

The Spokane Valley Planning Commission recently voted on its recommendations for uses that should be allowed in additional zoning areas. There was a lot of discussion on crematories and indoor recreation centers.

Today’s highlights

Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, center, and Amberlynn Weber, shown July 19 at West Valley High School, have qualified for the Paralympics in London this summer. The three, all members of Team St. Luke’s, will compete in track events along with Susannah Scaroni. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

It's another hot summer day today as we head toward the end of July. But it's also Thursday, so that means we have some Valley Voice highlights to go with our morning (iced) coffee. The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to approve a development agreement designed to limit the impact of an apartment complex on surrounding single family homes. The agreement applies to land on Conklin Road south of Broadway. But the agreement did not appease neighbors, who wanted an increased setback so they wouldn't have buildings right up against their back yards.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on a new community garden planned by Spokane Valley Partners. The organization has received permission from Modern Electric to use vacant land the utility owns across from Valley Mission Park as a garden. Organizers hope to have everything set up in time for spring. There's an informational meeting tonight for community residents.

Correspondent Cindy Hval spoked to several local athletes who will be competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in track events. They are all members of Team St. Luke's.

Key items on council agenda tonight

There are a couple key items on the Spokane Valley City Council agenda for tonight's meeting, both of which have the potential to make it a lengthy meeting. First up is a public hearing on a proposed development agreement to go with property on Conklin Road south of Broadway. The owner wants to rezone the land high density residential and put in apartments, a plan the surrounding neighbors in their single family homes have objected to. The proposed agreement restricts density and building height, among other stipulations. The council is scheduled to vote after the public hearing on whether to accept the agreement.

The item that will likely include a lengthy discussion is a report on the proposed goals and policies of the city's Shoreline Master Program. It's a detailed document, so it's expected that council members will have questions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Saturday’s highlights

Daisy Hanson and Kelsie Brulotte splash around in the Millwood wading pool Thursday. Community donations made it possible for the pool to reopen after being closed last year. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Sorry I wasn't on the blog Friday. I snuck out for a day off before the high temperatures made me feel like a chicken roasting in the oven. While it's still relatively cool this morning I've got some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in at the popular Millwood wading pool. The city planned to close and destroy the pool, but residents objected and then took it a step further by raising the $10,000 needed to repair the pool. Now kids are again happily splashing away.

The Spokane Valley City Council appointed former planning commissioner Fred Beaulac back to a vacant position on the commission. He will serve out the term of Marcia Sands, who recently resigned. The council also heard a report on a development agreement negotiated with the owner of land on Conklin Road. They previously voted to allow the land to be rezoned as high density residential only if an agreement was reached to increase setbacks and limit density.

Correspondent Steve Christilaw spoke to University High School football coach Rob Bartlett, who is continuing a family tradition of coaching. He now holds the same job as his father did.

Some hot items at tonight’s council meeting

Yes, it is Fourth of July eve, but Spokane Valley is going ahead with their regularly scheduled council meeting tonight at 6 p.m. and there are a few interesting items on the agenda. The council is set to vote on appointing a new planning commissioner to fill the seat of Marcia Sands, who resigned. There are three candidates and there are some familiar names in the bunch. Teacher Robert McCaslin is the son of the late Bob McCaslin, who was a senator and city council members. Fred Beaulac served on the planning commission previously from 2003 to 2008. The other candidate, Kevin Anderson, is a retired manufacturing manager.

A development agreement on land on Conklin just south of Broadway has apparently been negotiated with lighting speed; a proposed agreement will be discussed tonight. The council voted previously to require the agreement as a condition to rezoning the land high density residential.

The council will also discuss a proposed agreement with Spokane County to fix 48th Avenue in the Ponderosa neighborhood. The road was repaved after a county sewer project years ago and hasn't drained properly since.

Conklin Road zone change on agenda

Sorry for the light posting lately, I've been working on several interesting stories for Thursday's Valley Voice. It looks like tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting will be busy. The first reading of a proposed zone change on Conklin Road just south of Broadway is on the agenda. Neighbors have been voicing their opposition to the request regularly and I expect some of them will be there tonight.

There are a few other interesting items on the agenda, including the approval of an interlocal agreement with Spokane County to develop a trail on the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way that the city once wanted to use to extend Appleway Blvd. The council will also discuss animal control and may indicate whether they want to pursue a possible agreement with SpokAnimal any further.