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Bubba: Hamilton Maturing Politically

Bubba32 (re: Purtee resigns from School Board for health reasons): I think the board will appoint Christa Hazel. Tom appreciates thoughtful, open dialogue, which Christa will provide. She is dedicated and well-versed in school board issues. It will also demonstrate that the board is committed to move beyond mere ideology and have a board that reflects its constituency. Over the course of his chairmanship Tom is politically maturing. He may be more open at this time to demonstrate that he is willing to work with people who do not see through his same lens, which will help the community reach a lasting compromise. I sense a growing quality of leadership in Tom Hamilton that is only just beginning to bud. For that reason, I will not cynically assume a RR will be appointed.

Question: What type of individual does the Coeur d'Alene School Board need to pick to fill the vacancy created by Purtee's resignation?

County Picks Purtee For Trustee Spot

Item: Purtee named trustee: Commissioners fill vacancy on Cd'A School Board/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: After two hours of interviewing and an hour of discussion, all in front of a crowd of more than 100, the Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday evening to select James Purtee to fill the Zone 1 trustee seat on the Coeur d'Alene School District board. Emphasizing that any of the six applicants for the vacant seat were well qualified and could have served the district well, the commissioners noted that Purtee, owner of Jimmy's Down the Street restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, has shown repeated interest in seeking a board position and will bring decades of financial experience to the five-member board.

DFO: Commissioner Tondee raised a good point re: Purtee coming within 7 votes of winning a trustee spot in a race three years ago.

Question: How does this appointment affect the balance of power on the split Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Christa Applies For Trustee Vacancy

On her Facebook wall, Christa Hazel writes: “I submitted my name to the county commissioners to be considered for the Zone 1 school board trustee appointment process. If you have a moment, drop them an email on my behalf. Commissioners Nelson, Green and Tondee can be reached via kcbocc@kcgov.us . Message me if you have any questions. THANKS! Your support is appreciated.”

DFO: Kootenai County commissioners have set 5 p.m. today as deadline for applications for the Coeur d'Alene School Board vacancy caused by the court ouster of appointed Trustee Wanda Quinn. Huckleberries will have the names of those who apply shortly after 5 o'clock today.

CdA School Trustee Interviews Set

The Kootenai County Board of County Commissioners will conduct interviews for the vacant School District 271 trustee position.  The interviews will take place at the county administration building Room 1 at 5 p.m. The commission is accepting questions from the public for the candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The board and incumbent trustees will decide which questions from the public will be asked. Send questions to Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene. Or deliver to them to the commissioners office at 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene. The public is welcome to attend the interviews.

CdA Board Declares Trustee Vacancy

Nearly three weeks after a district court judge ruled Wanda Quinn's appointment to the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees to be “null and void,” the four remaining trustees have officially declared a vacancy in the board's Zone 1 seat. At a special board meeting held Monday, trustees also elected to hire outside counsel, other than longtime school district attorney, Charles Dodson, to review and advise them on the process of selecting another appointee. “I think the conflict there is a little too close,” said Trustee Tom Hamilton (pictured), who made the motion to seek alternate representation. The vote was 3-1 in favor of removing Dodson from handling school board business that falls under Idaho Code 33-504, the section of state education law specifically related to school board vacancies. Diane Zipperer cast the lone dissenting vote/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene School Board will have an easy time finding a consensus candidate?

New council member to be selected tonight

The Spokane Valley City Council will select a new council member to join them on the dias tonight during the council meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The new council member, either IT professional Ben Wick or Positive Change organizer Chuck Hafner, will be immediately sworn in.

There are a few other interesting discussions on tonight's agenda. The council will also vote on whether to allow 60 days for a developer's agreement to be negotiated with St. John Vianney Catholic Church, which is seeking to rezone a piece of property. The issue has become heated at times.

The council will also discuss a proposed drainage project on Broadway and other proposed capital projects - including railroad quiet zones at the Union Pacific crossings on Vista and Park Roads.

Tonight’s city council meeting

Tonight's meeting looks pretty straightforward. The council will give a final yes or no vote on several comprehensive plan amendments, including the removal of the Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan. There will also be final votes on a new detention services agreement and on an ordinance to allow livestock on lots larger than 40,000 square feet in mixed use zones.

The council will also decide which of the seven candidates for the vacant council seat they wish to interview. There were eight candidates but the Mayor said Monday that longtime SCOPE volunteer John Baldwin has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.

Eight candidates for vacant Spokane Valley council seat

Next week the Spokane Valley City Council will be considering eight people who applied to fill the council seat vacated by the death of councilman Bob McCaslin. Five of them previously applied for the vacant council seat just filled by Arne Woodard and three are new faces. Take a look at my story here for more details.

The story wasn't able to fit in today's paper, but it should be in tormorrow's edition for you old fashioned people who prefer to get ink on your fingers while reading the newspaper.

On Tuesday the council will have an executive session to discuss the candidates, then vote during the regular council meeting on which of the eight to interview. Right now the interviews are scheduled for May 10.

Another opening to be filled

Since Spokane Valley planning commissioner Arne Woodard was appointed to the Spokane Valley City Council last week, that means there is now an opening for a new planning commissioner. An application for the position can be found at www.spokanevalley.org or picked up at City Hall. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3.

The commission reviews land use rules, development regulations and other city laws and makes recommendations to the city council after holding public hearings. The commission generally meets twice a month. Applicants must live within the Spokane Valley city limits. The Mayor will nominate a person to replace Woodard and that person must be confirmed by the city council. The term of the vacant seat expires Dec. 31.

Have fun without me

I know it seems like I just got back from vacation, but next week is spring break and I'll be turning over the blog reins to fellow reporter Lisa Leinberger. She'll post as much as she can. It looks as though she will be attending an interesting Spokane Valley City Council meeting in my absence. On the agenda is a possible vote on the newly redesigned Indiana Avevenue extension project, a vote on awarding the construction bid for Greenacres Park and a vote on who to appoint to one of the vacant city council seats. She gets to have all the fun.

At any rate, I'll be back bright eyed and bushy tailed on April 11. Here's hoping for good weather!

Applications for city council being accepted again

The City of Spokane Valley is once again accepting applications for City Council, this time for Bob McCaslin's seat. McCaslin died last month. The seat is open to any adult who is a registered voter and has lived in Spokane Valley for at least a year. Applications are available at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague, or online at www.spokanevalley.org. Applications must be hand delivered or mailed.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on April 19. If someone who filed for the other vacant council seat wants to be considered for this seat they do not have to fill out the paperwork again, just send a letter to the city clerk announcing their desire to be considered for this seat as well.

The council is scheduled to select which candidates to interview at the April 26 council meeting. The interviews will take place on May 10, with the final vote on who to appoint set for May 17. Whomever is picked to fill the seat must run for re-election in November to keep the position.

Today’s highlights

Clouds cover Mount Spokane as a hiker moves south on the Ben Burr trail on the Moran Prairie last October. SR photo/Christopher Anderson

You'd better hold on to your hats, it's a really windy day out there. Perfect weather to stay in and read the Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger looked at East Valley's Continuous Curriculum School to see how a K-8 school operates. The district is working on plans to close the middle schools and use K-8 schools instead.

The Spokane Valley City Council interviewed four candidates for a vacant city council seat on Tuesday. You can find some biographical information on all five people the council had voted to interview here. Teenagers and toy guns don't mix, as Liberty Lake Police officers learned. One teen reportedly pointed a fake gun at an officer in an unmarked patrol car.

Correspondent Stefanie Pettit has information on Ben Burr, who has a street, trail and park named after him. In a way he's a household name, yet few know who he was.

Coming Thursday

We've got some great stuff coming your way in Thursday's Valley Voice. I talked to all five candidates who are finalists for the seat on the Spokane Valley City Council that was vacated when council woman Rose Dempsey resigned. In addition to that story with their biographical information I'll have a story on their interviews before the City Council on Tuesday.

Things have been a little exciting in Liberty Lake with a self-described gamer pointing a fake but realistic looking gun at a police officer. A teen boy was also questioned after he shot an air soft gun so many times that police only had to follow the trail of pellets to his home.

Reporter Lisa Lienberger will have a story on East Valley School District's plan to do away with middle schools and create K-8 schools. She looked at existing K-8 schools and how they work.

Tonight’s city council meeting

Sorry for the late notice, but there's a few interesting things going on at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. First and foremost, the council will be interviewing candidates for one of the vacant council positions. During the rest of the evening the council will approve a procedure and timeline for filling former city councilman Bob McCaslin's seat, discuss the bids received for the construction of Greenacres park and also discuss the Indiana Avenue extension projects, which has hit a bit of a bump in the road.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. See you there.

Tenth application found for vacant council seat

The Spokane Valley City Council was informed Tuesday that a tenth application for the vacant city council seat had been discovered. The application period ended at 4 p.m. Friday, but this week staff found another application that had been misplaced in the wrong staff member's mailbox. The error was discovered after the applicant called the city to ask why he did not appear on the list of those who had applied for the position.

The tenth applicant is Clyde Cordero, 51. Cordero ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary in August 2010 for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who went on to win re-election. He works as an ad salesman for an online publisher. In his application Cordero wrote that the city needs a clear vision for the future and he wants to encourage neighborhood associations and community policing programs.

The council will vote on March 22 on which of the 10 candidates they would like to interview. The interviews will take place at the March 29 council meeting and the final vote on who to appoint to the vacant seat is set for April 5.  

Nine apply for city council seat

Interest is apparently high in the Spokane Valley City Council seat vacated by the resignation of councilwoman Rose Dempsey. Nine people have applied for it and all have been involved in the city in one way or another, with eight of the nine previously applying or running for a seat on the council or the planning commission.

The nine are: SCOPE volunteer John Baldwin, self-employed carpenter Joseph Collins, actor Ronald Lippincott, community activist DeeDee Loberg, distribution specialist Steven Neill, architect George Watson, IT administrator Ben Wick, customer service representative Jennie Willardson and Spokane Valley Planning Commissioner Arne Woodard. Click here for today's story.

In other news, reporter Meghann Cuniff has a couple of crime reports from the weekend. A Spokane Valley woman was cited for hit and run after striking a pedestrian at Pines and Broadway on Saturday. Also on Saturday, a theft was discovered at Valley Landmark Mission, 9021 E. Boone. Someone broke into a room inside the church where electronics were stored and made off with a laptop and camcorder, among other items.

Want to be on the city council?

Probably more than a few people have sat in the audience during a city council meeting or read about a meeting in the paper and grouched that they could do it better. Well, here's your chance. The City of Spokane Valley is now officially accepting applications from residents interested in filling the council seat vacated by Rose Dempsey when she resigned. You have until 4 p.m. on March 4 to turn it in.

The seat is open to anyone who has lived in the Spokane Valley city limits for at least a year and is a registered voter. Applications are available here or at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered. A vote to appoint a new council member is tentatively set for the March 29 council meeting. Click here for a complete schedule and description of the process. 

Whoever is appointed will serve the remainder of Dempsey's term, which expires in November. The person appointed could then run for re-election if he or she chooses.