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The Spokane Valley City Council may fund mortgage and utility assistance or grants for small businesses using federal COVID-19 relief funding.
While Spokane Valley briefly considered administering some of its own social service grants in an effort to have more leverage and local control over its programs, City Council voted Tuesday to continue collaborating with Spokane County.
The Spokane Valley City Council will decide on Tuesday whether to continue to allow Spokane County to manage its low-income projects grant program, or separate from the county and create a program of its own.
Spokane Valley Council voted to apply for a grant to help the city purchase new parkland, but some council members fear the growing budget issues caused by efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 could lower their chances of winning a grant and make it difficult to afford the property.
After the Spokane Valley Partners lost support from many churches, restaurants and grocery stores, Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted to award the food bank $25,000 to serve a growing number of people out of work due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local city councils and the Spokane County commissioners will no longer meet in person, but each has been left to determine how to provide public access to their deliberations.
As Southeast Spokane continues to grow and develop, the city will build an roundabout to control the increased traffic at the intersection of Barker Road and Sprague Avenue.
Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick redistributed what boards and committees council members were on, cutting one council members number by more than half and giving one council member who had only had a non-voting position, several assignments.
Spokane Valley will swear in three City Council members and choose a new mayor Tuesday, during their first meeting of the new year.
Spokane Valley can expect at least two hotly debated City Council issues from this year to come up again in 2020 as a new council member is sworn in and the body chooses a new mayor.
Fourteen years after it opened to the public, the CenterPlace regional event center needs a new roof.
After a 4-3 vote, Spokane Valley City Council funded Northwest Winterfest, a Christmas light and cultural festival planned for next year, and nine other community and tourism events.
Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to prohibit any future income tax in the city, even if it becomes legal in Washington.
Brandi Peetz took the lead in the close Spokane Valley race Wednesday, going from four votes behind her opponent, to more than 200 ahead.
Preliminary results show one moderate, and one conservative candidate pulling ahead Tuesday night, and one race that was too close to call.
The Spokane Valley City Council approved more than $180,000 in funds to help more than a dozen nonprofits serve their community or boost business in the city.
As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide adequate shelter to the homeless in order to enforce laws against camping.
John Hohman, deputy city manager, said the city won’t know the full extent of the damage until crews take apart the exterior council chamber walls, which are cracking.
Spokane Valley Councilwoman Brandi Peetz and challenger Michelle Rasmussen both hope to focus on public safety and a regional solution to homelessness if they win a four-year term on City Council in November, but they differ on much else, including how to pay for infrastructure improvements and whether the city should consider adopting equity and diversity policies.
For the second time in three weeks, race became the subject of a tense and awkward exchange at a Tuesday night meeting of the Spokane Valley City Council. This time, the exchange was between Mayor Rod Higgins and Spokane NAACP President Kurtis Robinson.