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West Side resident Michael R. Wilson and current acting city manager Mike Jackson have been confirmed as finalists for the Spokane Valley city manager position. The City Council conducted interviews last week with an unknown number of candidates, and the city still won’t say how many finalists there are.
West side resident Michael R. Wilson and current acting city manager Mike Jackson have been confirmed as finalists for the City of Spokane Valley city manager position. The city council conducted interviews last week with an unknown number of candidates and the city is still refusing to say how many finalists there are. “There may be additional names added to that group,” said city human resources manager John Whitehead. Others have been asked to sign a waiver so the city can release their names to the public and more names will be revealed if and when those waivers are signed. “We have not finished that process,” Whitehead said.
The Spokane Valley City Council hit on several different items during Tuesday’s council meeting, including another discussion on the future of the Broadway Avenue Safety Project. The council voted to prepare a motion to postpone the project. The project would restripe Broadway between Pines Road and Park Road from four traffic lanes to two traffic lanes, a center turn lane and two bike paths. In two previous meetings Councilwoman Brenda Grassel had said she wanted city staff to prepare a motion to kill the project, for which the city has received a large grant covering 80 percent of the cost. Acting City Manager Mike Jackson said that under the grant rules, the city has until next year’s construction season to begin the project. He suggested suspending the project instead of canceling it.
After a lively discussion Tuesday night, the Spokane Valley City Council decided that their new city manager should have a college degree, but doesn’t need to have any experience as a city manager. Council members reviewed the city manager job description and Councilman Dean Grafos suggested adding language that called for the candidate to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field “or a background of equivalent real world experience in the management of large multifaceted organizations.” The use of “or” in the sentence would have meant that a candidate would not have to have any degree at all. Grafos also wanted to strike language requiring five years experience as a municipal administrator.
Two of Spokane Valley’s code enforcement officers briefed the City Council on what they do and how they do it during Tuesday’s council meeting. The most common complaint is for junk cars, they said. The officers also respond if a yard has too much trash or debris piling up, a business is being run illegally out of a home or other law violations.
The Spokane Valley City Council made it official Tuesday and approved a contract naming Mike Jackson acting city manager. Jackson has been the city’s deputy city manager for two years and has been filling in for former city manager Dave Mercier after he was asked to resign in January. The contract calls for Jackson to make $144,000 a year, an increase over his $131,962 annual salary as deputy city manager. He will also now receive a monthly car allowance of $400.
After a lengthy executive session on Monday to evaluate the qualifications and skills of deputy city manager Mike Jackson, the Spokane Valley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Jackson acting city manager until someone can be hired to fill the position permanently. Council member Bob McCaslin was absent. The resolution allows Mayor Tom Towey to negotiate a letter of agreement with Jackson that will outline his salary and other benefits. The letter is expected to be brought to the council for its approval at Tuesday’s meeting.
The Spokane Valley City Council must make a decision by Feb. 5 on what it intends to do with the vacant city manager position, City Attorney Mike Connelly said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We have to rather quickly appoint someone,” he said.
The Spokane Valley City Council dealt quickly and easily with its current business Tuesday, unanimously passing several housekeeping resolutions and ordinances. A much larger chunk of time was spent rehashing decisions already made. During the Jan. 12 meeting, council member Bob McCaslin said he was concerned about the registration costs associated with the city’s new alarm ordinance. Each alarm system must now be registered and people will be charged for every false alarm. The purpose of the new ordinance is to cut down on the number of false alarms and allow officers more time on the street rather than responding to alarms.
Frank Sylvin Fulwiler, who served as Spokane’s city manager from the planning of the World’s Fair through its aftermath, died Monday, eight days short of his 95th birthday. Fulwiler, Spokane’s second and longest-serving city manager, was described by former Mayor Dave Rodgers as a mild-mannered executive who spoke up to his bosses – the Spokane City Council – when he thought they were headed in the wrong direction.
Frank Sylvin Fulwiler, who served as Spokane’s city manager from the planning of the World’s Fair through its aftermath, died Monday, just eight days short of his 95th birthday.
North Idaho’s Forest Service trail network will get a $5.3 million spruce-up from federal stimulus funds. Some of the work will start this year, but the bulk of the projects will take place during the 2010 field season, said Kent Wellner, recreational program manager for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Spokane Valley will spend up to $49,830 to study a court system with which city officials say they’re happy. It’s part of the City Council’s decision to study all its contractual relationships with Spokane County after county commissioners announced in December they would cancel the city’s contract for snow plowing.
A city-commissioned survey shows most Spokane Valley residents don’t think they’re getting good value for their tax dollar and don’t think city officials listen well. The $18,000 study, statistically accurate within 5 percent, found that only 40 percent of Spokane Valley residents feel they get good or excellent service from the city, and only 43 percent feel city officials do a good or excellent job of listening to them.
Spokane Valley misstated its assets, debts and expenditures in 2006 and failed to catch the errors, according to a newly released state audit. The audit says the city also mistakenly stated that all its tax revenue came from the property tax although some of the $22.9 million came from the sales tax and other taxes.
Spokane Valley will have to pay more if it wants a personnel manager, the City Council decided Tuesday. Council members agreed unanimously, with Steve Taylor absent, to bump up their offer by two pay grades, from a range of $55,200 to $70,800 to a range of $68,400 to $87,684 a year.