Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with Council.
At last night’s council meeting, all items on the legislative agenda passed unanimously except for one. That item was an emergency budget ordinance that would have transferred a Mail Courier position from the Water Department to Information Technology with no budget impact. Councilmembers Allen and Fagan voted against. One resolution that was passed unanimously by council merits special attention: declaring the City of Spokane as a Purple Heart City to honor the men and women who have given their lives, or have been wounded, in service to their country. We are the first City in the State of Washington to do this. I want to thank Gary Yeates with the Spokane Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for contacting me. I was happy to co-write the resolution (which you can read below) with him and other veterans with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Other unanimous council votes included a sole source contract for maintenance, service and product supplies for the Condensing Steam Turbine Generator Drive at the Waste-to-energy facility; an emergency budget ordinance creating a hire-ahead Accountant II position, an emergency budget ordinance regarding the Capital Improvements Fund for the Park Bond, a sole source contract with WSU for consulting work on police training, two assessment segregations and an ordinance expanding the number of positions on the Northeast Public Development Authority from 5 to 7.
RESOLUTION NO. _______
A resolution designating the City of Spokane as a Purple Heart City.
WHEREAS, the people of the City of Spokane have great admiration and gratitude for all the men and women who have selflessly served their country and this community in the Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, veterans have paid the high price of freedom by leaving their families and communities, and placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all; and
WHEREAS, the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces have been vital in creating a vibrant, strong community and preserving the freedoms and way of life cherished by our citizens; and
WHEREAS, many men and women in uniform have given their lives in service to this country; and
WHEREAS, many men and women in our community have earned the Purple Heart Medal as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat with enemy force.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Spokane hereby proclaims the City of Spokane as a Purple Heart City, the first City in the State of Washington so designated, honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.
ADOPTED by the City Council this _______ of February, 2015.
Approved as to form:
Assistant City Attorney