The meter expired Monday on free parking in downtown Spokane.
City Council members voted 5-1 to reinstall the more than 300 parking meters taken out of the downtown core three years ago - as well as to raise the rates charged for parking at the curb.
The plan is part of the Parking and Business Improvement Area, a taxing district hailed by supporters as a way to revitalize downtown by making it safer, more convenient and accessible.
Shoppers headed for downtown Spokane had better bring along spare change because parking meters could be making a comeback.
Tonight, the City Council will consider bringing back the 300 meters taken out two years ago - as well as raising the rates charged for parking at the curb.
The Spokane City Council has spent nearly $500,000 this year to hire consultants.
They include $7,200 for a clinical psychologist to help council members communicate, nearly $47,000 for a grant writer and administrator for the police department and $60,000 for a "facilitator" to lead discussions about wastewater issues.
It looked like a fire sale Friday afternoon at the Spokane County Elections Office.
The last day to file as a candidate for a myriad of positions brought out 54 people - nearly a third of the 176 names that will appear on September's county primary ballot.
The city's largest union dropped its objections Thursday to using convicts for maintenance work in Spokane's Riverfront Park.
Prisoners could be back to work cleaning the river bank and trimming trees as early as next week.
The fate of Glenrose Prairie lies with the Spokane City Council, which plans to decide whether to annex 212 acres of the pastoral area tonight.
Two weeks ago, the council heard from at least 100 people who argued the merits of the proposed annexation.
Getting one's name in the newspaper doesn't necessarily mean the clipping gets cut out and sent along to Mom for her scrapbook.
A legal notice that recently ran in The Spokesman-Review covered two pages and delivered bad news to nearly 200 landowners - pay your delinquent property taxes, liens, fines and fees, or face losing your piece of ground.
A plan to streamline fire protection in Spokane County moved closer to reality Monday with the City Council's unanimous endorsement.
The proposal would merge the city's fire dispatch center with the county's three centers - Valley Fire District and Spokane County fire districts 8 and 9.
Smaller districts pay the three county centers to dispatch their emergency calls.
FOR THE RECORD, July 8, 1995:
The song "Signs" was sung by the Five Man Electric Band. The band's name was incorrect in a Wednesday story that included lyrics from the song.
Spokane Code Enforcement officers, Scott Emerson, left, and Terry Clegg, right, talk to store owner Don Budig about his sign at 29th and Grand, which violated city codes. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
Claiming the city unlawfully blocked their controversial apartment project, Mission Springs developers filed a lawsuit against Spokane and the City Council in Superior Court on Monday.
"We feel the City Council has violated their responsibilities," said John Clardy, the project's manager. "Their action is more political than legal. We plan to protect our rights."
Saying benefits of annexation don't compensate for costs, Spokane's Plan Commission shunned a bid to make Moran Prairie part of the city.
It might make good planning sense to annex the area, but "it makes bad financial sense," said Plan Commissioner Stan Stirling.
Folding Moran Prairie into Spokane's borders could cause "the whole city's level of service to drop," said Plan Commissioner Loretta Spence. "There are too many needs in the city to add this area."
Plans for a work-release facility near the Spokane County Courthouse are a go.
That's the word from the City Council, which voted 5-1 earlier this week to uphold the hearing examiner's approval of the project.
Councilman Chris Anderson cast a dissenting vote. He said he thought the decision set a bad precedent.
A citywide plan to lower speed limits on Spokane's neighborhood streets screeched to a halt Monday.
Instead, city council members unanimously approved a pilot program that raised more speed limits than it lowered, dropping the speed on 12 streets while bumping it up on 14.
Councilman Mike Brewer said the original plan moved too fast and needed more study prior to the sweeping changes proposed.
Calling himself a "people's candidate," a political newcomer recently announced plans to run for the Spokane City Council.
North Side resident Steve Thompson, 39, will run this fall for the council. He hasn't decided whether he'll go after the seat left vacant by Joel Crosby's departure or take on Councilman Orville Barnes.
"When I say I'm the people's candidate, I'm talking about how an issue effects everyone, including the youth and the unborn," Thompson said. "Do my decisions serve all the people of Spokane?"
Despite the likelihood of a court challenge, Spokane City Council on Thursday blocked construction permits for the controversial Mission Springs project.
The council voted unanimously that the city study the impact of the 790-unit apartment complex on Thorpe Road - specifically, its impact on two narrow tunnels that limit traffic to one car width.
(From For the Record, Thursday, June 22, 1995:)
Chris Anderson worked as a financial systems manager for Spokane County. His title was wrong in a story on Page B4 Wednesday about his plans to run for the county commission.
The company that manages Spokane's regional compost plant got its second ultimatum in less than a year from the City Council: Get rid of the stink plaguing neighbors within 30 days or get out.
Council members voted 5-1 Monday to put O.M. Scott and Sons on notice that any more odor violations cited by the county's Air Pollution Control Authority could force the city to end its contract.
Furious at being denied free use of City Hall's council chambers, a group of Spokane residents Friday canceled plans for a weekend citizens' retreat.
"The council chamber belongs to the citizens who paid for them with their tax dollars," said Ron McArthur at the group's morning press conference outside City Hall. It is not a commodity "to be peddled back to us by the city managers and the City Council."
Attorney Steve Eugster filed yet another lawsuit against the city of Spokane on Friday, this time targeting plans for a downtown redevelopment project.
Eugster asks in a Superior Court lawsuit that the city not be allowed to accept a $1 million grant and $23.8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.