Stories tagged: county commissioners
Wed., May 19, 2010
Spokane County lays off jail workers
Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates. The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices …
Sat., May 15, 2010
Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job
Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …
Fri., May 14, 2010, 7:46 p.m.
Former Sheriff Sterk won’t challenge Knezovich
Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced today that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich.
Wed., May 12, 2010, 5:59 p.m.
State error could cost Spokane County $325,000
A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees.
Tue., May 11, 2010
Spokane County still mulling jail options
Spokane County commissioners are still exploring options as they prepare to take final testimony on proposed jail sites. A public hearing Wednesday will focus on a study that says, if …
Wed., May 5, 2010, 7:43 p.m.
County finds money to keep park restrooms open
Restrooms will be available at Spokane County parks all this summer despite budget cuts that threatened service at seven parks.
Wed., May 5, 2010
Funds needed to run new jail
A new Spokane County jail may require two public votes: one for bonds to build it and another for a sales tax increase to operate it. “I think we have …
Thu., April 22, 2010
Spokane County seeks park restroom solution
A cost-cutting plan to leave restrooms locked at seven Spokane County parks this summer is getting a second look. Restroom service is to be eliminated this summer at seven county …
Wed., April 21, 2010
Costs for new Spokane County jail confirmed
A new cost analysis confirmed what preliminary estimates had already shown: A new Spokane County jail would be cheaper to build on undeveloped West Plains land but would be cheaper …
Wed., April 14, 2010
Spokane County Jail vote delay changes PR needs
Spokane County commissioners realized Tuesday they may need to extend a jail project public relations contract they haven’t yet signed. Chairman Mark Richard called that “a little bit frustrating.” Nevertheless, …
Sat., April 10, 2010
Parking on narrow Liberty Lake roads banned
Parking will soon be banned on some narrow roads around Liberty Lake that were laid out in horse-and-buggy days. Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved the parking restrictions this week, and …
Wed., April 7, 2010
Tucker’s office to be reviewed
Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze …
Mon., March 22, 2010
Spokane County looking at budget staff
Spokane County is moving to shore up its financial management with several new specialists. A back-burner plan to hire a budget director will heat up next month. Commissioners plan to …
Fri., March 19, 2010
County sales tax receipts up a tick
Spokane County commissioners got a small measure of financial cheer this week. Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell reported that sales tax receipts are up slightly and that he may not …
Sat., March 13, 2010
Angry citizen spurs county to reassess office security
Spokane County officials are looking for ways to improve security in their Human Resources building after an incident in which an angry man walked past the reception desk. County commissioners …
Sat., March 13, 2010
Richard recounts county’s highs, lows
County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …
Fri., March 12, 2010, 6:48 p.m.
Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts
County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.
Wed., March 3, 2010
Planning urged to control land use around Fairchild
Fairchild Air Force Base needs civilian protection to survive, local government officials were told this week. Spokane County officials asked leaders in Airway Heights, Spokane and Medical Lake to join …
Tue., March 2, 2010
Cuts loom for Spokane County parks
Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked.
Tue., March 2, 2010
In brief: Gunman fires shots into apartment
Police continue to search for a gunman who fired a shot through an apartment wall Saturday in Spokane Valley that struck the metal post of the bed where a 3-year-old …
Mon., March 1, 2010, 7:28 p.m.
County parks take steep cuts
Spokane County parks will be a little browner this summer because of budget cuts. Garbage cans may be fuller or gone, and restrooms may be locked. County officials hope, though, …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2010
Church gets OK to put up bigger sign
A Wandermere-area megachurch got permission Tuesday to supersize its sign. But the Turning Point Open Bible Church at 11911 N. Division St. can’t sell french fries like other owners of …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2010, 8:19 p.m.
Two finalists named for raceway contract
Four operators want to take over Spokane County Raceway Park, and a committee has narrowed the field to two, county commissioners learned Tuesday.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2010, 12:30 a.m.
Changes target racetrack safety
Spokane County Raceway Park is to get nearly $500,000 worth of government-financed improvements this year – not including plans to move a half-mile of racetrack. County officials want to re-route …
Wed., Jan. 20, 2010
County OKs rural cluster changes, kid-free development
Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday completed a two-year overhaul of controversial “rural cluster development” standards. The action rounds out a package of reforms designed to make the relatively dense subdivisions …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009
Spokane County approves jobs-slashing budget
Spokane County commissioners approved a budget Tuesday that will eliminate about 150 full-time positions from the county’s payroll in 2010. The total number of layoffs is not clear at this …
Sat., Nov. 14, 2009
Snow crews raring to plow
The man with the big shovel says Spokane Valley is ready for winter. “We’ve got all the plows and equipment and all the chemicals we need,” city Public Works Director …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2009
Short but sweet
Spokane Valley’s spiffed-up swimming pools attracted more users and generated more revenue this summer than last despite a shorter season. Snow makeup days kept schools in session longer this summer …
Sat., July 4, 2009
Accord on sewer proposal
Spokane Valley City Attorney Mike Connelly got a pat on the back Tuesday for diplomacy on a contentious issue that could have plugged every toilet in the city. City Council …
Wed., Aug. 8, 2007
Conservation tax opinions sought
County commissioners are looking for a few articulate people with opinions about the Conservation Futures tax that allows the county to acquire and preserve environmentally sensitive land. They need to …