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Council Considers Going Into Bicycle Business City May Spend $70,000 To Buy, Run Riverfront Park Attraction

Spokane taxpayers soon may venture into the bicycling business.

Tuesday night, the City Council will consider buying Quinn’s Wheel Rentals & Sales, a popular attraction in Riverfront Park the past three years.

“We call this reverse privatization,” Councilman Chris Anderson said with a laugh during last week’s briefing.

If council members approve the deal, the city would pay owner Greg Yost $35,000 for the building and assets and spend another $35,000 running the business during this summer’s season.

The city is expected to recoup the $70,000 in rentals and sales, said Ken Stone, the city’s budget manager.

Also tonight, the council will:

Consider raising planning fees. The increases were part of the 1995 budget passed by the council in December and would add about $40,000 to the general fund.

The fees, which vary according to type, haven’t been increased since the early 1980s. The new fees would be similar to ones adopted by the county last year.

If the council approves the rate hikes, the filing fee for a long plat would jump from $300 to $1,000. Filing fees for a short plat would go from $200 to $500.

An earlier proposal to raise appeal fees was thrown out after several council members and residents complained.

Consider extending a moratorium on manufactured housing for three months.

Last year, the council called a yearlong halt on the housing while the city’s Plan Commission drafts standards regarding where such housing could be located.

The commission needs more time to prepare its final draft, Planning Director Charles Dotson told the council last week.

Council members delayed this week’s meeting by one day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Tuesday’s briefing will start at 5:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor conference room of Spokane City Hall, W808 Spokane Falls Blvd. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

xxxx Meeting The City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in council chambers

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