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Lawyer off case for city

A majority of Spokane City Council members expressed concern Wednesday when they learned the city has agreed to pay up to $200,000 in public funds to a private attorney who no longer represents them in a federal civil lawsuit filed by the mother of Otto Zehm. The City Council voted twice to pay Carl Oreskovich to represent the city in the civil case. But Oreskovich said Wednesday his only client is the officer facing civil and criminal charges in Zehm’s death.

New city sign code approved

Spokane leaders this week finalized sweeping new rules governing signs. The city’s sign code, approved 6-1 by the Spokane City Council on Monday, creates rules in places where none exist, like along North Division and Third Avenue, as well as guidelines for electric message boards and a host of other sign stipulations.

Council OKs Y purchase

The Spokane City Council on Monday grudgingly agreed to buy the former YMCA in Riverfront Park. The unanimous vote means the YMCA of the Inland Northwest will be fully compensated for the $5.3 million that the Spokane Park Board agreed to pay in 2006 to stop a developer from paying the same amount to build a condo tower on the site.

City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this week that they wouldn’t rule out selling the property – adjacent to Spokane Falls and surrounded by the park – to a private party if a study recommends such a move.

City may purchase 11 snowplow blades

City leaders hope to have a bigger arsenal to clear the pavement if Spokane gets another batch of deep snow this winter. The Spokane City Council next week will consider paying $200,000 for 11 new plow blades that could be put on dump trucks in the city water and sewer department fleets.

SCAFCO banking on Playfair site

The country is in the midst of a significant recession, but that's not stopping Larry Stone from making a significant investment in his grain storage and steel stud manufacturing company, SCAFCO Corp.

Array of candidates file for City Council

David Elton is under a court order not to attend Spokane City Council meetings. That didn’t stop him from becoming a candidate for the council’s open seat representing south Spokane on Friday. Elton, who has pleaded innocent to harassment charges after being accused of threatening City Council President Joe Shogan, Spokesman-Review Publisher Stacey Cowles and others, is one of 171 people who filed for public office this week in Spokane County.

County plans to offer funds for YMCA site

Spokane County will offer taxpayer funds to the city to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park, but only after the city completes a feasibility study and agrees the building will be demolished in seven years. County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to offer $4.4 million from the Conservation Futures fund to buy the building and slightly less than an acre on the south side of the Spokane River.

Council candidates file

Spokane City Council races and a special election for a legislative seat in southeastern Washington began to fill up Tuesday on the second day of filing week. Michael Fagan, one of the lieutenants in a state initiative operation headed by Tim Eyman, filed for the council seat in Spokane’s Northeast District. Retired health care aide Barbara Lampert, a perennial candidate, filed in the Northwest District. Jon Snyder, publisher of Out There Monthly, an outdoor recreation magazine, filed Monday afternoon for the South District seat.

Settlement would pay family $1.9 million in city truck death

The family and estate of a teen killed in 2007 when he was struck by a city recycling truck would be paid $1.9 million under a proposed settlement that will be considered next week by the Spokane City Council. Andrew S. Rosell, 16, was walking across Nevada Street at Magnesium Avenue the afternoon of May 8, 2007, when he was hit by the truck, which was turning onto Nevada.

City offers unions grim alternatives

City and union leaders talk a lot about cooperation and communication these days. But as time inches closer to deciding how to cut $7 million from Spokane’s 2010 budget, employee unions are being presented with a harsh choice already familiar to those in the private sector: Cut pay or face layoffs.

City may sell Playfair property at loss

The city’s gamble on the former horse track it bought in 2004 is poised to become a short-term loser. But in the long run, city officials say, selling the track – even at a loss – could be more like a jackpot for east Spokane, bringing jobs and development.

City approves $200,000 for defense in Zehm case

The Spokane City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay up to $200,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit resulting from the death of Otto Zehm, who died in police custody in 2006. Council members said they agreed to the resolution because they must defend city employees.