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Car impounded after hit-and-run kills bicyclist in Spokane Valley

A bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash early Tuesday morning was the father of a baby less than a month old. Robert R. Royer, 47, was hit by a car on the Interstate 90 overpass at Park Road around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Spokane County Sheriff Cpl. Brett Hubbell said. Royer’s home was blocks away.

Fourth house fire was likely arson

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to several fires April 11-17, including a suspected arson fire at a vacant house that has been the site of three other fires. The fire at 806 N. Park Road was reported at 8:38 p.m. Wednesday. Crews found flames shooting 30 feet in the air when they arrived, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. “I think the reason they were that high is the trees were overgrown,” he said. The flames coming out of the house were fed by the trees.

Landscaping planned along section of Sprague

Members of the Spokane Valley Business Association seemed receptive to a plan to put in stormwater swales along Sprague Avenue between Thierman and Park roads during their meeting Wednesday, but they directed pointed questions to Spokane Valley staff members about plans to reduce the street from five lanes to four and reduce the number of driveways. The road will also be repaved during construction. In addition to filtering stormwater, the swales will help beautify that stretch of road, which is home to several vacant buildings, said Spokane Valley assistant stormwater engineer Ryan Brodwater. There currently isn’t any grass or landscaping in the area. “It’s a vast expanse of asphalt and concrete,” he said.

Valley pools offer new swim times

The city of Spokane Valley opens its three pools today. The city’s splash pads – at Discovery Playground and the new Greenacres Park – are already operating. Each of the pools has a different amenity to offer. The Park Road Pool at 906 N. Park Road has a slide, the Valley Mission Pool at 11123 E. Mission Ave. has a zero depth entry pool and the Terrace View Pool at 13525 E. 24th Ave. has a lazy river.

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A shed next to a vacant home burned at Park Road and Broadway Ave. the morning of March 27, 2012.

Train crossing options examined

Spokane Valley interim Deputy City Manager Roger Crum presented the Spokane Valley City Council with a comprehensive look at the possibility of using quiet zones or wayside horns to eliminate train whistles at every railroad crossing in the city. A group of residents signed a petition last year requesting quiet zones where Park Road and Vista Road cross the Union Pacific line north of Trent Avenue. Crum said he visited every crossing in the city and met up with a few trains in his travels. “These whistles are very loud,” he said. “The sound does carry quite a bit.”

Getting There: Valley seeks input on redesigning Park Road

Spokane Valley is asking for the public’s help in designing a newer, rebuilt version of Park Road from Indiana to Broadway avenues. An open house about the project is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Seth Woodard Elementary School, 7401 E. Mission Ave.

Proposals on reducing railroad noise lead to staff vs. council discussion

A debate at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting on whether to hire a consultant to research railroad quiet zones turned into a discussion of who has the authority to select the city’s consultants. City staff had presented a proposed contract with the engineering firm David Evans and Associates for $82,000 to research options for creating quiet zones at the Union Pacific crossings on Park Road and Vista Road north of Trent as well as coordinating with the Federal Railroad Administration. Installing the hardware required to create the zones could cost between $390,000 and $825,000 for both crossings.

Speed limit change in Greenacres area denied

The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday that speed limits will stay low in the Greenacres neighborhood. In a 4-3 vote, the council rejected a 35 mph speed limit on the new couplet that extends Indiana Avenue east to the Flora and Mission intersection.

Pools get ready to open; Splash Down starts today

Everyone grab your swimsuits and towels. The Spokane Valley pools are opening for business this week. All three city of Spokane Valley pools – Terrace View, Park Road and Valley Mission – will open for the season on Saturday. The Splash Down Waterpark, which is privately owned, will begin daily operations today.

Projects’ costs concern council

The Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to take the first steps on two large projects, but final decisions are months away on whether the projects will become reality. The first project is establishing quiet zones on the Union Pacific Railroad crossings north of Trent at Vista Road and Park Road. Neighbors in the area presented the city with a signed petition last year requesting the quiet zones because of what they called excessive train whistles in the middle of the night. It would cost about $82,000 just to do the preliminary design and get permission from the Federal Railroad Administration, said Public Works Director Neil Kersten.

Short but sweet

Spokane Valley’s spiffed-up swimming pools attracted more users and generated more revenue this summer than last despite a shorter season. Snow makeup days kept schools in session longer this summer and shaved about two weeks off the pool season. Even so, pool attendance increased by more than 9,000 visits, and revenue was up more than $10,000.