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  • Spokane Valley City Council considers entering talks with Spokanimal

    The Spokane Valley City Council during its Tuesday meeting seemed more open to exploring a relationship with SpokAnimal for animal control services. Members agreed to have staff explore the option …


  • Neighbors testify against zone change

    The Spokane Valley City Council appears poised to disregard pleas from neighbors and the recommendation of the city’s planning commission and allow a zone change that would permit a high …


  • Valley Council considers giving builders extra time

    Spokane Valley is considering dramatically increasing the amount of time developers and builders have to complete projects. Depending on when an application was made, a builder could have up to …


  • Spokane Valley Council expands new development panel

    The Spokane Valley City Council agreed to expand its ad hoc economic development committee again Tuesday when they couldn’t choose between two proposed committee members. Mayor Tom Towey proposed naming …


  • Preserving strong ties

    In some corners of Spokane Valley the discussion isn’t on what the City Council voted on or discussed, it’s about the tie Councilman Arne Woodard wore. Some feature cartoon characters. …


  • Development panel draws 19 hopefuls

    The city of Spokane Valley received 19 applications for its new Economic Development ad hoc committee and the City Council was so pleased by the response that they agreed to …


  • County answers animal shelter questions

    The Spokane Valley City Council spent the bulk of its time Tuesday going over responses from Spokane County to questions the city asked about a proposed regional animal shelter. The …


  • Parcel purchase before Valley council

    The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday again discussed a proposal to buy property at Sprague Avenue and Herald Road for a new library and expansion of Balfour Park, but …


  • City considers buying Pring property for library park land

    The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday again discussed a proposal to buy property at Sprague Avenue and Herald Road for a new library and expansion of Balfour Park, but …


  • Valley Council backs proposal to allow more signs

    The Spokane Valley Planning Commission recommended relaxing the city’s sign code, and on Tuesday the City Council unanimously agreed to relax the rules even further based on the recommendation of …


  • Spokane Valleys considers funding options for streets

    The Spokane Valley City Council took a small step forward Tuesday in determining how to pay for an estimated $11 million annual shortfall in street preservation and reconstruction costs over …


  • City Council funds Valleyfest

    Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved awarding Valleyfest $30,000 in lodging tax funding for 2012, putting to rest months of controversy. Valleyfest director Peggy Doering said she was …


  • Sidewalk improvements will increase access

    The city of Spokane Valley is working with the Spokane Transit Authority on sidewalks and bus shelters, and also with local school districts to decide the placement of new sidewalks …


  • Council assessing options at SCRAPS, SpokAnimal

    Regional animal control once again was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting – two council members advocated asking SpokAnimal if it was willing to take …


  • City eases liquor sign law

    The Spokane Valley City Council relaxed the rules on alcohol signs in a split vote Tuesday after several citizens testified against the ordinance. The ordinance applies to the lighted signs …


  • Intersections risky place for charities to collect, officials say

    Spokane Valley City Attorney Cary Driskell recommended Tuesday that the city stop giving annual permits to charitable groups who collect donations at busy intersections because most of the groups are …


  • Valley Council decides to move forward on purchase of Pring property

    A staff presentation on the possible purchase of property on Sprague Avenue was interrupted Tuesday as six of the seven Spokane Valley City Council members took time to complain about …


  • Land ownership complicates potential sale to city, library

    A possible land deal involving the city of Spokane Valley and the Spokane County Library District will get extra scrutiny because of ties between most members of the Spokane Valley …


  • Liquor signage at businesses no longer would be limited

    The Spokane Valley City Council heard from a few people Tuesday unhappy with a proposed rule change that would allow bars, restaurants and other businesses to have unlimited signs advertising …


  • Spokane Valley ready to move on shoreline plan

    Work on the stalled shoreline master program resumed Tuesday as Spokane Valley’s City Council and planning commission held a joint meeting. Development of the shoreline plan stopped last summer after …


  • Spokane Valley council hones sign plan

    The Spokane Valley City Council refined plans for an entrance sign at Appleway Boulevard and Thierman Street on Tuesday even as they expressed concerns about the cost. The council liked …


  • City mulls street fixes

    The need to pay for street preservation ran headlong into the Spokane Valley City Council’s often-stated opposition to new taxes during the council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. No one argued …


  • Spokane Valley council OKs Evergreen project

    Residents along south Evergreen Road will have the street in front of their homes fully repaved this summer after Vera Water and Power installs a new water line underneath the …


  • Railroad quiet zone study bumped off 2012 budget

    In a split decision Tuesday, the Spokane Valley City Council decided not to consider funding a railroad quiet zone study in 2012. The discussion began in 2010 when a group …


  • Trench will be dug on Evergreen for new water line

    A lengthy discussion Tuesday about whether Spokane Valley should repave a section of Evergreen Road that will be dug up for a new water line seemed to leave several City …


  • Towey re-elected to guide Spokane Valley as mayor

    Two years ago, newly sworn-in Spokane Valley Councilman Tom Towey served in that role for perhaps 10 minutes before his fellow council members elected him mayor. Meetings were a little …


  • Spokane Valley City Council amends snow plan

    The Spokane Valley City Council voted unanimously to make a small change to the city’s snow plow plan, clarifying that plowing the flat streets on the Valley floor would take …


  • Asphalt contract renewed

    The Spokane Valley City Council renewed the city’s street maintenance contract Tuesday, but some council members appeared to do so reluctantly. The contract, awarded in 2007 as a one-year contract …


  • Spokane Valley mulls library land deal

    The Spokane County Library District is proposing that the city of Spokane Valley join it in purchasing 8 acres of land to be split between the two entities. The district …


  • Gothmann reflects on years in city government

    Bill Gothmann has been part of the city of Spokane Valley since before the city existed. Now that he has sat on the dais at his last City Council meeting, …

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