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Spokane Valley City hall options mulled

The majority of the Spokane Valley City Council seemed in favor Tuesday of purchasing the former Crescent building in the old University City Mall and turning it into a combined city hall and police precinct.The option was one of six new city hall options presented to the council. All the other options called for the construction of a new city hall with the police precinct staying at its current location on East Sprague Avenue. The city’s consultants, MMEC Architecture, said they believe a new city hall should be 44,213 square feet on about two acres and a combined city hall and police precinct should be 71,500 square feet on 4.5 to 5.5 acres. The former Crescent building is 100,000 square feet and the site is a little more than six acres.

Spokane Valley Council considers ordinance to allow more signage

Just one year after relaxing the sign code in Spokane Valley, the City Council is looking at making further tweaks to address problems that have arisen for some businesses. The 2012 update included some provisions that probably shouldn’t have been included, said Community Development Director John Hohman, including that any banners had to be hung on the building. That created problems for buildings that were set back from the street. The new rules being considered by the council would allow banners anywhere on the property.

Firefighters kept busy with multiple blazes

The first crews to arrive at two South Hill house fires Monday were from a fire station that lost its first-response firefighting capability this year due to budget cuts. Fire officials say it’s hard to say how much difference having a full engine crew on scene would have made.

Battle with bee ends in spill, quills

A man was seriously injured in a tractor rollover in the 2400 block of North Sunrise Lane at 10:18 a.m. on July 1. “He was swatting at a bee and ended up putting his right front tire over an embankment, which rolled the tractor,” Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said.

Council discusses undeveloped land

There is good news and bad news in Spokane Valley: The city has 742 acres of vacant industrial land, but most of it is not connected to the sewer. The city’s Economic Development Committee sees adding sewer service to some of that land – particularly the swath between Trent Avenue and the Spokane River from Flora Road to the eastern city limits – as a way to attract businesses to the Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley City accepts grant for trail

The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday to accept partial funding for the Appleway Trail that would run south of Sprague Avenue along the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way owned by Spokane County. The county has given the city permission to use the vacant land to build a trail. The city hopes to eventually have a trail that runs from University Road to the east city limits. The city requested $2.2 million in grant funding from the Spokane Regional Transportation Council for the section from University to Evergreen Road. The council’s Transportation Technical Committee has suggested funding of $642,000, said Public Works Director Eric Guth.

County fire dispatch installs software upgrade

New software will allow Spokane County Fire Dispatch to track the location of every fire truck in the county in real time. The 20-year-old software currently being used needed to be replaced to accommodate a digital radio system coming online this fall.

Spokane Valley launching app

Would you like directions to the nearest Spokane Valley pool, or a map showing nearby restaurants? There’s an app for that. This week the city of Spokane Valley is launching a free smartphone app it created to showcase the city and where to shop, eat, play and stay. It will appear in the Android Play Store first and then be offered in the iPhone app store in a couple of weeks.

County fire dispatch installs software upgrade

New software will allow Spokane County Fire Dispatch to track the location of every fire truck in the county in real time. The 20-year-old software currently being used needed to be replaced to accommodate a digital radio system coming online this fall.

Spokane Valley considers trash options

Spokane Valley officials are looking at options for solid waste disposal before the city’s contract with Spokane expires in November 2014. Among the options: hauling trash by truck or train, purchasing the Spokane Valley transfer station or building a new one, and continuing the contract with Spokane.

Wetlands plan updated

A Tuesday meeting to update residents on the proposed Saltese Flats wetlands restoration project was jam-packed and at times hostile, forcing county Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn to ask people to be respectful. Much of the crowd’s ire was centered on the second phase of the county’s plan, which would involve piping in reclaimed wastewater to dump on the flats located east of Barker Road and south of the Spokane Valley city limits.