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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.

‘Good cops’ impress city critic

A fixture of Spokane City Council meetings and frequent critic of city government praised police officers Sunday afternoon after he was robbed and the suspects were apprehended. Hank Valder, who often testifies at the council’s Monday meetings, was attacked just outside the Divine’s 76 station at Second Avenue and Walnut Street about 2:10 p.m.

Sustainability plan gets cool acceptance

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a lukewarm endorsement to ideas designed to help combat climate change. The council’s approval was so reluctant that it added an amendment to the document that stressed the action was only to “accept” the report, which was drafted by the 13-member Sustainability Task Force formed last year by Mayor Mary Verner.

Council to evaluate new bike plan

Many Spokane streets would have more room for bikes under a plan that soon will be considered by the Spokane City Council. “We talk about being more bike- and pedestrian-friendly as a community,” said Councilman Mike Allen. “This is really the first step if we’re going to be committed to it.”

Council to debate revised sign ordinance

Many Spokane business owners were outraged by the City Council’s attempt to adopt new sign rules two months ago, and their reaction has paid off.

Our View: City should have risked arbitration on chiefs’ pay

Old assumptions ought to be tested every so often to see if they’re still valid. Especially assumptions that keep us from acting prudently. At Spokane City Hall, for example, there seems to be an assumption that state law will let public safety unions get whatever they want in the collective bargaining process. This assumption stems from a bad experience that occurred more than 30 years ago but is cited every time city government negotiates a generous contract with its police officers or firefighters.

Fire chiefs to get raises despite layoff concerns

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or face layoffs. The Spokane City Council was told Monday that it had little choice but to give members of the Spokane Association of Fire Officers – the union that represents 10 battalion chiefs – raises negotiated in collective bargaining sessions. If the council refused, the city could be accused of bad-faith bargaining and facing binding arbitration, said Gita Hatcher, who represented the city in negotiations.

Council votes for a study of Y buy

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the community. But that doesn’t mean the city is walking away from the proposal. The council voted Monday night to order a study of the purchase, which is being proposed by Spokane County commissioners. If the study determines Conservation Futures restrictions make the plan to spend some $4.4 million of the funds a bad idea, the council is ready with backup plans, probably involving a loan from the city’s investment pool.

Council OKs batallion chief raises

Spokane city fire battalion chiefs will get raises over the next four years, despite concerns by some City Council members that the economy is forcing taxpayers to take cuts or face layoffs.