Stories tagged: Spokane City Council
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 6:23 a.m.
Spokane ponders ending agreement with pay-by-phone parking service over unpaid fees
LocoMobi, operator of the QuickPay meter payment application, owes the city roughly $80,000 in unpaid revenue, city officials said. Ending the agreement could mean an interruption of the service that …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Spokane officials remain mum on former street director’s removal as snow plowing continues
Mark Serbousek’s future job is still being determined at City Hall as snow plows continue their full-city plow, the third so far this season.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry
Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it
Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Spokane City Council backs 1-year contract for nonprofit group running East Central Community Center
The Spokane City Council, after hearing testimony from close to 30 neighborhood residents, school district officials and representatives of other social service organizations, unanimously extended a contract with the East …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 7:23 a.m.
Fearing Trump campaign promise, Spokane City Council votes 7-0 against religious registry
An impassioned crowd that spilled out of the City Council chambers Monday night mostly implored lawmakers to pass a law that would prohibit Spokane employees from assisting in the creation …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
East Central Community Center in limbo after City Council rejects contract
A six-month contract with the East Central Community Organization to run the neighborhood’s community center was rejected this week because of concerns about the effect on services and grant opportunities. …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Developer Douglass appeals Spokane City Council’s denial of Indian Trail apartment complex
Harley Douglass has appealed the City Council’s universal rejection of his plans to build 750 housing units on 50 acres of property in the North Indian Trail neighborhood, citing disobeyance …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Kip Hill: My favorite stories of 2016
A murder-for-hire case, a presidential election, arcades, records, a scandal at City Hall - it was all in a year’s work.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
New deadline in works for harassment training agreed to following Condon ethics complaint
Sherry Jones, the National Organization of Women member who filed an ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon over the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against former Police Chief Frank …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
City sets aside $550,000 to defend claims by former employees
The Spokane City Council approved this week a budget of $550,000 for private representation in two cases brought by former employees who claim harassment and discrimination. The contracts are needed …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 5:42 p.m.
City turns to drones to market old Normandie maintenance property for sale
A retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot has agreed to perform pro bono drone work to market real estate that was bought in the 1800s to house maintenance equipment for the …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
City Council authorizes use of school zone camera money for cops, traffic calming
About half of the money expected to be collected from school zone speeders will continue to pay for neighborhood cops in 2018, following a 6 to 1 vote of the …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 4:03 p.m.
Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul
The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016
New addressing standards aim to hasten Spokane County emergency response
The Spokane City Council has passed a byzantine set of standards for new street names and addresses designed to improve emergency response times as the county shifts to a regional …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 8:44 p.m.
Spokane City Council approves budget that increases spending 17 percent in 2017
The Spokane City Council signed off on a $945 million spending plan that increases services for the poor and hires additional neighborhood resource officers to fight property crime. But Mayor …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
Spokane City Council to consider public records policy changes as part of Frank Straub settlement
Mayor David Condon proposed an addition to the city’s ethics code making intentionally withholding public records a penalty punishable at the city level. The change was a requirement in the …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project
A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 7 p.m.
Spokane’s sick leave ordinance up for review as voters pass statewide requirement
The Spokane City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on revisions to the sick leave requirements they passed in January. Local businesses have started expressing concern about meeting the city’s …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
City Council to hear testimony on controversial Indian Trail apartments Monday
After the city’s Plan Commission voted 4 to 3 to reject a 750-unit apartment complex proposed by developer Harley Douglass in the Indian Trail neighborhood last month, the City Council …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane
An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
City of Spokane expands operation of warming shelters, eyes more assistance for round-the-clock homeless care
The cost of running 24/7 emergency shelters in Spokane for homeless people comes out to about $1.4 million annually, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. The city is moving some money …
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016
Spokane City Council to consider tougher enforcement of parking meter time limits
A proposal the City Council will consider Monday night will not change any meter parking policies, but it will authorize enforcement officers to use license plate readers to identify parkers …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
Spokane City Hall wants to use school-zone camera windfall to hire more police
Both Spokane Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council want four new neighborhood resource officers in next year’s budget to battle property crime. They say the only way to …
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
New Chief Craig Meidl, Councilman Breean Beggs say Spokane should hire consultant to mend police-community relations
With some tension still looming over the Spokane Police Department, city officials want to hire a consultant to facilitate “a formal process for reconciliation” with the community.
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 8:20 p.m.
Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department
After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the …
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
Spokane celebrates first Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a gathering in Riverfront Park
Through song, dance and prayer, the indigenous peoples of the Inland Northwest sent a clear message during Spokane’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration Monday: We’re still here.
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers
The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2016, 6:52 p.m.
Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan named in Tim Eyman campaign disclosure lawsuit
The Washington Attorney General’s Office has filed three claims against Tim Eyman-backed political committees that are also overseen by Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan. Both Eyman and Fagan said they’re …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 5:47 p.m.
After Columbus Day revision, City Council votes to recognize Italian American heritage
City Councilwoman Amber Waldref worked with the Italian American Club of Spokane to propose Oct. 1 each year as a day to recognize contributions by local Italian Americans to the …