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Central Valley defensive coordinator Steve Kent’s intense energy and enthusiasm has sparked his Bears in holding their opponents to just 12 points in their last three games, including two playoff wins. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Saturday's Valley Voice is packed to the gills with news from the Spokane Valley area. Correspondent Steve Christilaw checked in with the Central Valley High School football team, which has had a successful season. Spokane Valley City Council candidate Ben Wick has clinched a win over competitor Marilyn Cline to take a seat on the council. Wick was ahead by only 20 votes on election night, but he drew further ahead as the vote counting continued.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on last week's Liberty Lake City Council meeting, which operated without a quorum for a while. The Spokane Valley City Council, after much discussion and a close vote, agreed to allow city staff to apply for a grant to build a decant facility to process the waste removed from the city's drywells. The council also unanimously approved the 2012 budget.
Fire District 8, Fire District 13 and the town of Rockford are regrouping after fire levies and bonds failed at the November polls. Each is considering how to move forward after voters rejected their request for money. Commissioners from the Spokane Valley Fire Department heard a presentation on their 2012 budget last week, which includes the construction of a new Station 6.
Newman Lake Fire District 13 will have a special commissioner meeting tonight at 6 p.m. One of the biggest items on the agenda will be the failure of the construction bond at the polls this month and what steps the district should take next. It looks like there will be some discussion about the 2012 levy as well. The meeting will be held at Station 1 at 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive.
Ponderosa Elementary fifth-graders Isaiah Gessner, left, and Nick Griep, center, listen to Marine Corps veteran Rex Walter describe his experiences serving his country in the early 1950s. Ponderosa student ambassadors brought veterans from Broadway Court Estates to their school for a Veterans Day assembly Tuesday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
More election results topped Saturday's Valley Voice as votes continue to be counted. Reporter Lisa Leinberger reported the results for Liberty Lake City Council, mayor and Proposition 1. The proposition to switch to a city administrator form of government failed and former mayor Steve Peterson is poised to retake leadership of the city.
Fire levies and bonds in the areas around Spokane Valley mostly did not do well. A construction bond in Fire District 13 failed, as did an M&O levy in Fire District 8 and replacement fire levy in Rockford. The only success story was the small town of Spangle, which passed a fire levy and a police levy.
Lisa also wrote a story on her trips to Veteran's Day celebrations at West Valley High School and Ponderosa Elementary School. Recently the owners of Savage Land Pizza sued Spokane County Water District 3 because of a dispute over the installation of a new water main. The East Valley School District board of directors has voted to put a replacement levy on the Feb. 14 ballot.
Last night I didn't mention the scores of other election results, including the races in Liberty Lake. Former mayor Steve Peterson is making a comeback by trouncing opponent Josh Beckett with 74 percent of the vote. Council candidate Shane Brickner captured 664 votes to Keith Kopelson's 559. Liberty Lake's Proposition 1 to shift to a city manager form of government was soundly defeated.
In Millwood Brian Ellingson and Glenn Bailey were ahead, if only barely. Ellingson has 20 more votes than Mike Ellis and Bailey was ahead of David Kopp by 21 votes. In Rockford Clinton Stevenson was only ahead of Steve Christman by five votes.
In Newman Lake Fire District 13 challenger Kathleen Small has 140 more votes than incumbent commissioner Clayton Andersen Sr. The vote for a bond to pay for a new station gathered 330 votes against and 326 votes of approval. The M&O levy in Fire District 8 is winning by 41 votes.
Several of the close races, including Spokane Valley City Council Position 6, will be decided by the 40,000 votes left to count. Another batch of ballots will be counted today and the new results should be available late this afternoon. Click here for more details.
Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake is having a special public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to give out information about the district's bond on the November ballot. The district is asking for $2.2 million to build a new Station 1. The meeting tonight is at the old Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive. If you have any questions about the bond, head on over and ask some questions.
I took a drive out to Newman Lake last night for a special community meeting to get input on plans to build an new fire station on land the Newman Lake Fire District owns at Starr and Moffat. There was a good turn out. The old Station 1 on West Newman Lake Road is old and too small. The fire engines barely fit inside and on one support column you can see where repeated hits from the engine side mirrors have gouged chuncks out of the concrete. I'll have more details in a story in Thursday's Valley Voice, but until then you can look at a few pictures of the current station that I took on my cell phone.
Spokane County Fire District 13 in Newman Lake will host a special meeting tonight to get input from residents on plans to build a new fire station in the volunteer district. A presentation will be given on the construction plans and discussion will follow. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive.
Fire District 13 in Newman Lake will have a special commissioner's meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Station 1, 10236 N. West Newman Lake Drive. The lengthy agenda is packed with discussion items having to do with the new station the district is planning to build.
Commissioners will talk about the estimated cost of the project and the construction schedule and get input from the community. The station architect will also be in attendance.