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Michele Nelson of SCRAPS checks a stray for an identification chip. SCRAPS and other area animal welfare groups will hold a pet adoption event Friday and March 31. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Goodness, what happened to the warm weather and sunshine we had yesterday? It's a dull and rainy Monday out there, the perfect time to catch up on anything you missed in Saturday's Valley Voice. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is heading up a huge free pet adoption event this weekend. Organizers hope to find new homes for more than 200 pets.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to members of the Central Valley High School Knowledge Bowl team, who apparently credit their success to their mascot, a monkey carved from a coconut named Mojo. It seems to be working; the team won the recent state competition on Marysville, Wash.
The Spokane Valley City Council had some discussions last week on sidewalk projects as part of the Safe Routes to School program. The council also talked about the city's new pavement managemet program.
This isn't in the Valley, but if you are a fan of Southern cooking and/or the South Perry neighborhood, you will want to check out Pia Hallenberg's story on a new restaurant opening there at the end of May or in early June. Called Casper Fry, the restaurant will be run by the same people behind Madeleine's.
The city of Spokane Valley will host a community meeting tonight on a plan to add sidewalks, curbs, bike lanes and storm drain improvements on Pines Road between 16th Avenue and 23rd Avenue. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at South Pines Elementary, 12021 E. 24th. The city also needs input from nearby property owners who have fencing and/or landscaping in the public right of way. Call the city at 720-5411 for more information on the project.
Item: Businesses must police sidewalks: Language, dress code must be enforced in outside seating areas/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: The City Council approved the changes 4 votes to 2 votes, with councilmembers Dan Gookin and Steve Adams voting against the measure. Adams called the changes heavy-handed and premature, since the downtown bar dance club Icon, which accounted for some of the police calls, was sold this year. He said the changes shouldn't be implemented until after the city has time to study statistics from this summer, while Gookin said the city shouldn't police what language people use. “The government does not have the power to regulate what people say,” he said.
Question: Who's right on this matter — the 4-2 majority? Or Adams (who said the changes were heavy-handed and premature) and Gookin (who said police shouldn't regulate language people use)?
The next time it snows, think twice before tossing snow from a driveway into the street.
The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to outlaw the dumping of snow into public streets or other public property with the exception of planting strips or snow berms created by city plows. Private plow companies caught breaking the law could face a $513 fine. Businesses could be fined $257 and homeowners $52.
Street officials say the law was needed because some plow companies have disregarded requests to stop moving snow into the street.
City Councilman Mike Fagan cast the lone vote against the law. He argued that it is hypocritical for the city to impose fines on people for moving snow into the street when city plows often push snow berms onto private property and sidewalks.
The council nixed a plan to lower the fine for not shoveling sidewalks from $103 to $53. City officials said the proposal to lower the fine was a mistake and requested to maintain the same penalty.
Councilman Mike Allen was absent at Monday's meeting.
Spokane’s only tax revenue geared specifically for sidewalks won’t be diverted for street paving by the City Council’s new membership.
The council last year narrowly approved a $20-per vehicle tab tax and mandated that 10 percent be spent on sidewalks while the rest be spent on streets.
A majority of members on the more conservative City Council elected in November already said they didn’t support repealing the tax. On Tuesday, it became clear that the sidewalk set-aside is safe, too.
The council voted unanimously to approve two sidewalk construction projects for this year using tab fee revenue. A third sidewalk project was approved on a 6-0 vote with Councilman Mike Allen abstaining because he lives across the street from where the sidewalk will be installed on 29th Avenue.
The projects were recommended by the Citizens Transportation Advisory Board.
Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, who voted against setting aside money for sidewalks and the creation of the tab tax last year, said while sidewalks aren’t her first transportation priority, she recognizes that the city has a problem with large sections of missing sidewalks.
“I lost that vote,” she said. “It’s time to move on. I want to help make as good decisions as possible with these dollars.”