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News >  Spokane

Local Heroes Athletes Enjoy Parade Despite Weather

1. Don't rain on my parade! Eastern Washington wide receiver Romaine Smith shows his spirit during the parade of champions in downtown Spokane on Saturday. Photo by Jason Clark/The Spokesman-Review 2. Fans brave the inclement weather to cheer on local athletes and teams that had successful seasons.
News >  Spokane

City Denies Female Cop’s Claim Of Bias She Alleges Supervisor Sabotaged Promotion

The city of Spokane on Friday denied a $100,000 claim from a police officer who alleges her supervisor mistreated her because of her sex. In a claim filed last month, Officer Stormi Koerner, 29, charged that Sgt. William Drollinger sabotaged her chances for promotion to training officer because he had "problems working with women officers." Rocco Treppiedi, assistant city attorney, said Friday the city denied the claim because the charges are false.

News >  Nation/World

Council Members Counter Talbott’s Letter To Hud Mayor’s Opinions Are Not Those Of The City, Five Officials Tell Feds

Five Spokane City Council members sent their own letter to federal officials Friday, defending a proposed $22.65 million loan to a downtown redevelopment project and dismissing concerns raised by Mayor John Talbott. The letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was sent in reaction to a December letter written by Talbott. He asked HUD for a meeting with agency officials and raised questions about the pending loan for the River Park Square project.
News >  Nation/World

Mayor To Take Mall Concerns To D.C. Talbott Wants To Examine Loan For River Park Square

(From For the Record, January 17, 1998): Letters sent separately: A Friday story detailing Spokane Mayor John Talbott's concerns about a federal Housing and Urban Development Department loan to assist a downtown redevelopment project stated that a letter from Talbott and another letter from a Washington, D.C., lobbying group were sent together to HUD. The letters actually were sent independently, although the letter from the lobbying group refers to Talbott's upcoming meeting with HUD officials. The site for the new River Park Square is being prepared even though the mayor is questioning the project's HUD loan. Photo by Roger Ames/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Spokane

Parking Meters Soon To Accept Prepaid Cards City Pays For 300 Electronic Units That Operate On Plastic Or Coins

Like grocery stores and gas pumps, Spokane's newfangled parking meters will soon accept payment in plastic. Buying time on the electronic devices soon to debut downtown should be easier than on their mechanical ancestors, city officials say. No more twisting the cranky handles or reading the tiny print on the time dial. Just plug in a coin and an easy-to-read digital display tells drivers how much time they have. Eventually, prepaid credit cards will be available.
News >  Washington Voices

City Delays Decision To Vacate Shawnee Developer Is Asked To Meet With Residents To Discuss Concerns

A proposal to vacate a section of Shawnee Avenue to a developer hit a snag Monday when Indian Trail residents raised objections. Spokane City Council members delayed until Jan. 26 making a decision on the proposal to vacate Shawnee from Wieber Drive to a block east. In the meantime, they asked that developer Robert Frisch meet with residents to talk about their concerns.
News >  Spokane

Eugster Sues For Copy Of Redevelopment Deal Lawyers For River Park Square, City Say Information Is Confidential

Spokane attorney Steve Eugster took aim at the River Park Square project again Wednesday, filing a lawsuit against the city designed to shake loose records related to the downtown redevelopment plan. The project's cornerstone is a Nordstrom department store. Eugster wants a copy of the draft lease agreement between Nordstrom and the developers, which they plan to use as security for a proposed $22.65 million loan. Those dollars would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which would loan the money to the city. The loan has received preliminary approval from HUD but hasn't been awarded.

Neighbors Want Unused Rights Of Way To Remain Public

Two Rockwood residents told the Spokane City Council on Monday they want to clean up the overgrown, debris-ridden city lots next to their properties, but they want to own the land first. Their neighbors say that's a bad idea. Council members delayed until Feb. 2 a decision on the two separate proposals to vacate sections of Conklin Street on the South Hill. During the interim, they want the proponents to talk with neighbors about their concerns.
News >  Nation/World

City Buys Riverfront Land For $1.9 Million In Exchange, Owners Drop Lawsuits Over Controversial Property

Spokane settled three lawsuits with one check on Monday when the City Council agreed to pay Steve and Leslie Ronald $1.9 million for their riverfront property. The "global settlement" ends the city's lawsuit to condemn the couple's land just north of the downtown library. In exchange for the lump-sum payment, the Ronalds agree to drop two lawsuits they filed against the city. One lawsuit alleges city officials blocked their building permit. The second maintains the city "inversely condemned" their land by promising in a separate settlement to buy the property.
News >  Nation/World

Cops Not Living Up To Fiscal Expectations Steele Will Ask Council To Cough Up $132,925 For Neighborhood Program

Nearly four years ago, the Spokane City Council bought into a proposal to shift control of the city's community policing efforts to a nonprofit group. Police officials helped sell the plan by assuring council members Spokane COPS would grow less and less reliant on taxpayers as private support for the nonprofit group increased. But that hasn't happened. Spokane COPS Director Cheryl Steele plans today to ask the council for $132,925 - more than twice the amount of the original contract approved by the council in March 1995.
News >  Nation/World

Council Faces Ailing Monroe Street Bridge

Spokane city officials say they have no idea how much money is needed to fix the ailing Monroe Street Bridge. So they're planning to hire someone to find out. During today's briefing session, City Manager Bill Pupo plans to ask City Council members whether they want to spend $42,000 on a quick study of the bridge's condition or take a full-blown look at what's wrong with the structure.
News >  Washington Voices

City Approves Garry Park Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a nod to the Garry Park area, making it the 11th in the city's increasingly popular neighborhood council program. "This is one of the best things to happen to our neighborhood," said Jim Santorsola. The Garry Park neighborhood includes everything between the Spokane River on the west and north, Trent Avenue on the south and Fancher Road on the east.
News >  Spokane

Clegg Drops Fight To Get His Job Back Fired City Official Cites ‘Ordeal’ But Will Pursue Damage Claim

A high-ranking Spokane city official fired for sexual harassment withdrew his bid to get his job back Tuesday. E. Terry Clegg, 68, who supervised the city's zoning code enforcement office, decided that returning to work isn't worth the anguish of a hearing before the Civil Service Commission. "In some ways, I would have liked to have gone back to work and have a retirement after 30 years of service, ... but the ordeal to do so was excessive," said Clegg, who denies any wrongdoing.