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In brief: Council dislikes pickup plan

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The Spokane City Council on Monday sent a message to Mayor Dennis Hession: Don’t trash garbage pickup in alleys.

In May, the city’s Solid Waste Department sent notice to 2,200 North Side customers that they would no longer pickup trash in their alleys because Spokane’s larger automated trucks make it difficult to navigate narrow roadways.

Some neighborhoods have complained, especially around Corbin Park, where many homes don’t have driveways.

The City Council voted 6-0 to pass a resolution asking the mayor to reconsider the decision. City Councilman Rob Crow was absent.

About a dozen people, including two candidates for City Council (Donna McKereghan and Steve Corker) testified in favor of the resolution.

Hession said while there are some who are angry, the city has received “very few complaints.” He said there are no plans to revisit the alley service cuts.


Free dump passes available for area

The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council will give out free dump passes on Saturday at 9 a.m. at COPS North-Central.

Emerson-Garfield neighbors should bring a utility bill and an ID to show proof of residency. Passes entitle holders to dispose of $25 worth of trash.


Little Leagues get $5,000 grant

The Mead Little League and the Washington District 13 Little League received a $5,000 grant last week from the Spokane Home Builders Association, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners Care program and the Building Industry Association of Washington, during a ceremony on the Mariners’ home field.

Ten $5,000 grants are awarded each year by the BIAW Mariners Care Equipment Grant to youth baseball and softball teams in Washington. The money will help the league acquire new athletic equipment. For information, call the Spokane Home Builders Association at 532-4990.

The Mariners Care program is a nonprofit foundation of the Seattle Mariners. For more information visit


Firefighters collect donations

Firefighters will be hitting the streets Saturday to Fill the Boot for Muscular Dystrophy.

The firefighters from Districts 4, 8, 9, 10, Spokane Valley and Stevens County will ask for donations from around the area.

The funds will help to pay for medications, wheelchairs and other needs for those with Muscular Dystrophy.

Last year’s campaign collected almost $100,000.

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