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City OKs Minnehaha council

The last area of the city of Spokane to form a neighborhood council won approval to join the city’s 26 other councils on Tuesday.

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously to establish the Minnehaha Neighborhood Council as the 27th neighborhood council. It will represent the interests of some 1,500 households in the vicinity of Cooper Elementary School, 3200 N. Ferrall St. in northeast Spokane. The neighborhood is south of Hillyard and runs along Euclid and Frederick avenues east of Market Street and Upriver Drive .

Shawn Mock, vice chair of the neighborhood council, said the Minnehaha area was the site of a health resort in the 1800s and later a dance hall and short-lived movie studio. Later, the city purchased a large piece of land for park use. Today, the 39-acre Minnehaha Park, dating to 1913, lies in the northern part of the neighborhood.

Mock said the area’s residents organized the council to ensure that the neighborhood continues to be a great place for families to grow and prosper. “We want and deserve a clean environment to live in,” Mock told members of the City Council. He said the area expects good streets and strong public safety.

The council will hold monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Cooper Elementary School. The chair of the council is Barb Stout, 482-7328.

“I certainly welcome you to the family of neighborhood councils,” said Councilman Al French, who represents the northeast area of the city.

The neighborhood is bounded by Garnet Avenue on the north, Havana Street at the east city limits and the Spokane River on the south. The western boundary follows a line running south of Smith Street at Illinois Avenue to the Spokane River, then along Illinois Avenue to Grace Avenue and then along a line running north from Greene Street.

In a related matter, the council approved a change in boundaries between two other North Side neighborhood councils.

The East Bluff gated community was moved from the Balboa/South Indian Trail Neighborhood to the Five Mile Prairie Neighborhood. The boundary change also includes a large parcel of publicly owned park property. It is located between Austin and Cedar roads on the lower part of the Five Mile bluff.

Kathy Miotke, chair of the Five Mile Prairie Neighborhood Council, said her group has worked with the East Bluff area for two years, and residents there had wanted the boundary shift.

Sid Bankey, chair of the Balboa/South Indian Trail Neighborhood Council, said his organization was happy to go along with the change. “We’re all very positive about it,” he said.