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  • Council OKs letter in support of housing plan

    What might have been a simple discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting on a letter supporting a low-income senior housing project quickly sidetracked into a debate on the …


  • County proposes garbage summit

    Public officials are seeking a “fast-track” decision on who should control the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System. County commissioners Thursday accepted Spokane Mayor Mary Verner’s call for an agreement within …


  • City council will consider emergency ordinance

    The city of Spokane Valley will move ahead with discussions on an emergency ordinance to eliminate the City Center zone from the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. A 5-2 majority indicated Tuesday …


  • Street utility proposal cut from legislative agenda

    The list of items the city of Spokane Valley wants to support in the 2011 Washington Legislature is apparently a moving target, as three council members who previously voted to …


  • Emergency ordinance Jan. 11 would bury vision of SARP

    With credit and apology to William Shakespeare…. Friends, neighbors, citizens of Spokane Valley:


  • Five Lodging Tax Advisory fund recipients named

    Some close split decisions marked the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday as council members took a stand on whether to retain longtime community volunteer Peggy Doering on a city …


  • Mayor’s relative chosen for commission seat

    Two candidates for empty planning commission seats, including the half-brother of Mayor Tom Towey, were approved by a majority of the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday during a contentious meeting. …


  • Spokane Valley Council looks at contracts

    The Spokane Valley City Council dealt quickly and efficiently with a lengthy agenda Tuesday night during the first council meeting since mid-November. Public works director Neil Kersten gave presentations to …


  • Snow season plans in place

    Snow is coming. Spokane Valley snowplowing crews went to 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week alert on Friday. The snow information line has been activated and this week the City Council gave the nod …


  • Council OKs new school zones, lower speed limits

    Speed limits will be changing on several streets after a unanimous vote by the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday. Parents requested lower school zone limits near North Pines Middle School …


  • Spokane Valley council wants to broadcast meetings

    After nearly a year of discussion the Spokane Valley City Council took a decisive step forward Tuesday, agreeing to have staff prepare a motion authorizing the purchase of equipment so …


  • Crowd sees Valley council take first step to kill couplet plan

    A standing-room-only crowd watched Tuesday night as the Spokane Valley City Council took the first major step toward killing the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. They came even though the result was …


  • Spokane Valley council passes 2011 budget

    The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously passed its budget for 2011 Tuesday night, despite objections by Councilman Bill Gothmann to the cut in a cost of living adjustment raise to …


  • Valley council’s bus tour stops at noted locations

    The Spokane Valley City Council took a three-hour tour last week, but instead of ending up on a tropical island they stopped by some city parks as well as other …


  • Valley council freezes COLA for nonunion employees

    Four Spokane Valley City Council members voted Tuesday to withhold a 2.5 percent cost of living increase in 2011 from the city’s nonunion employees despite the fact that the city …


  • Spokane Valley City Council approves contract for city manager

    Four thousand dollars and a retirement package stood between three Spokane Valley council members and their approval of City Manager Mike Jackson’s new contract. Council members Bob McCaslin, Brenda Grassel …


  • Ordinance allows vehicle sales in mixed-use avenue zone

    The Elephant Boys business on East Sprague is now legal thanks to the passage of an ordinance Tuesday by the Spokane Valley City Council to allow vehicle sales in a …


  • Panhandling ban paying off, Spokane Valley leaders say

    Panhandlers have been a familiar sight at busy intersections in Spokane Valley for years. Now, however, tough new rules against panhandling seem to have encouraged them to move down the …


  • Spokane Valley’s budget to see surplus in 2014

    Some members of the Spokane Valley City Council started to pick apart acting City Manager Mike Jackson’s proposed 2011 budget Tuesday, but at least one was using outdated numbers to …


  • Tax cut sends message, council members say

    Several Spokane Valley City Council members have been making a big deal out of a proposal to lower the 2011 property tax rate by 1 percent. What has been left …


  • Valley council passes change to nonconforming use rule

    In an effort to help one property owner, the Spokane Valley City Council made a change to nonconforming use rules Tuesday that will affect the entire city.


  • Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

    The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


  • Spokane Valley names two candidates

    West Side resident Michael R. Wilson and current acting city manager Mike Jackson have been confirmed as finalists for the Spokane Valley city manager position. The City Council conducted interviews …


  • Spokane Valley council meeting turns testy

    A quiet Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday had a fiery ending when Councilman Dean Grafos read a prepared statement launching an attack on fellow Councilman Bill Gothmann. “Last week …


  • Transcript: Dean Grafos’ July 6 comments

    Spokane Valley City Councilman Dean Grafos’ comments directed at Bill Gothmann at the July 6, 2010, council meeting.


  • Broadway Avenue Safety Project rescued

    The people have spoken, and the Spokane Valley City Council listened. After weeks of debate and a late surge in public comments in favor of keeping the Broadway Avenue Safety …


  • Spokane Valley road project saved

    The people have spoken and the Spokane Valley City Council listened. After weeks of debate and a late surge in public comments in favor of keeping the Broadway Avenue Safety …


  • Spokane Valley council still on the air

    A unanimous yes vote from the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday will allow the rebroadcasting of council meetings on Comcast Channel 14 to continue until the end of July. The …


  • Broadcasts on agenda

    After months of discussion, the Spokane Valley City Council finally inched toward making a decision on broadcasting council meetings. All the council members present, with Bill Gothmann and Bob McCaslin …


  • Vocal Point: Positive Change doing just as was promised

    After reading many articles in the last few months relating to the Spokane Valley City Council, I felt it was necessary to clear the air!