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Wanted: CdA Trustee Applications

On Friday, Kootenai County commissioners will begin accepting applications to fill the Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy created earlier this year when a judge ruled that trustee Wanda Quinn had been appointed illegally to a board opening last year. The letters of interest will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. According to a news release from the commissioners office, a resume needs to be included with the letter of interest.  Applications will be accepted from all of the zones within District 271.  Preference will be given to applicants from within Zone 1.  Only Zone 1 residents will be able to stand for election in May 2013. More here.

Question: Should Wanda Quinn reapplied for the vacant trustee post?

KEA: Comp Plan Failure Nears Completion

In theory, the re-hearing will give a final opportunity for the Commissioners to remedy a fundamental flaw in their version of the plan. Recall that the Commissioners removed guidance for development densities at a deliberation meeting in May, essentially stripping the plan of much of its meaning. Revision of the horribly out-of-date zoning code and development regulations will be made all that much more difficult by this failure. We still believe that this is a critical mistake, and we will certainly urge the Commissioners to revisit the density decision before finalizing the document/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

Question: Do you have any clue re: what’s going on with the comp plan? Do you care?

Contractors sue county

Six Spokane area contractors are suing Spokane County over unpaid bills from the county’s West Plains racetrack.

In the latest move in the ongoing dispute over the track’s management by Austin Motorsports, the six contractors say they are owed a total of $1.13 million for worked performed earlier this year. Austin lost his contract to manage the track earlier this year because of the unpaid bills, and for failing to follow certain rules of the agreement, which required him to get a performance bond for the work being done there.

He didn’t obtain a bond, and last summer blamed one of the prime contractors, who he claimed was responsible for such details as the project manager.

The lawsuit asks for the court to order the county to pay the bills and attorneys fees. It notes that when the county bought the racetrack in 2008 at a foreclosure auction, two of the commissioners touted its economic potential.

Commissioner Todd Mielke said the purchase gave the county a chance to consider other recreatonal possibilities, the suit notes, while Commissioner Mark Richard said the track “would be a positive venture ‘come heck or high water.’”

Could someone check the water levels on the West Plains?