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Tuesday AM Council Recap 3/3/15: Riverside CSO Project and Meal Reimbursements

At last night’s council meeting, the legislative agenda for council consisted of four actions. Two items were approved unanimously: a resolution authorizing loan agreements between the City and the Washington State Department of Ecology for the Riverside Water Reclamation Facility and Combined Sewer Overflow Basin, and an ordinance brought forward by Councilmember Stratton to cap meal reimbursement costs for employees at the city.

The Council voted 5 to 1 (Fagan voting against) to approve an ordinance amending the municipal code to add a Policy Advisor position for council and to change the title of the council’s Budget and Performance Analyst to Senior Research and Performance Analyst in order to better reflect the job duties that our current analyst handles. Finally, the Council voted 5 to 1 (Fagan voting against) to send signatures relating to an indecent exposure ballot initiative to the city clerk for validation.

Flash-Bach today at noon at City Hall

ZUILL BAILEY, artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, will give a short FREE performance today in the Council Chambers at City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd). You are invited to attend.

Zuill is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world. His rare combination of artistry and technical wizardry as well as his engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

This Flash-Bach! performance is part of the community outreach of the 2015 Northwest Bach Festival, bringing 20 musical events to Spokane between Feb. 24 and March 8, part of the Festival’s goal to take music outside traditional concert halls.

Zuill will be making six Flash Bach! appearances during the festival. The location will be announced the morning of each performance on the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page.

For more information about the festival,

Upcoming events 2/27/15 through 3/6/15

On Monday, March 2 at 5:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, Within Reach is hosting a Russian Community Forum on Childhood Vaccinations. If you have questions about vaccinations, I enocurage you attend. Click here (English) or here (Russian) for more information.

Monday, March 2 at 10:30am – Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, March 2 at 6pm – City Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Tuesday, March 3 at 9am – Plan Commission Transportation Subcommittee – Council Briefing Center.
Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30pm – Community Assembly Community Development Committee – West Central Community Center (1603 North Belt Street).
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm – Cliff Cannon Neighborhood Council – Women’s Club, Basement (1428 W. 9th).
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm – Rockwood Neighborhood Council – 3612 S. Grand (Old Jefferson School).
Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm – Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council – Museum of Arts & Culture (2316 W. 1st).
Thursday, March 5 at 3:30pm – City Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Friday, March 6 at 4pm – Community Assembly – Council Briefing Center.

Plan Commission Unanimously Approves Master Bike Plan Updates

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Yesterday evening, the Spokane Plan Commission held a hearing on updates to the Master Bike Plan brought forward by Councilmember Snyder at which they unanimously approved the updates. The Master Bike Plan was passed by Spokane City Council in 2009 and had not been updated since to reflect new bicycle facilities that have been built in the intervening years. Councilmember Snyder brought these revisions forward to ensure that the plan accurately reflects past, present and future planning efforts for bicycle facilities in the City. To read more about the proposed updates, which will now come before City Council, click here.

Tuesday AM Council Recap 2/24/15: Purple Heart City Resolution

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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.



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.

City Clerk

Approved as to form:
Assistant City Attorney

Upcoming events 2/1315 through 2/20/15


February 14 is about more than candy and flowers this year. Share the love with victims of gender-based violence everywhere by being present at the One Billion Rising gathering at River Park Square. One Billion Rising is the V-Day movement’s newest revolution, brewing for the past two years in more than 200 countries and territories to help raise awareness and ultimately end violence against women worldwide. According to the United Nations, one in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in their lifetime. Rise up and join a local celebration of this global movement with Lutheran Community Services Northwest and the YWCA of Spokane, and learn the dance to “break the chain” of gender-based violence.

Due to President’s Day, there is no council meeting on Monday, February 16.

Tuesday, February 17 at 6pm – Bicycle Advisory Board – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd). Open House for Bike Master Plan update at 5pm.
Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30pm – East Neighborhood Council – East Central Community Center (500 South Stone Street).
Thursday, February 19 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.

Spokane Regional Health District Launches Safe Routes to Schools in Spokane


Yesterday, the Spokane Regional Health District announced the launch of the Safe Routes to Schools Program in Spokane.The program will be introduced this spring to Holmes and Seth Woodard Elemenatries, then expand to five other schools over the next three years including Stevens, Logan, Sunset, Bemiss and Moran Prairie Elementaries.

Tools and resources for the program will include “walking school buses,” stop and walk links, resource displays that offer calendars, maps, etc. to help keep parents and children in the loop and a walk and bike to school day. To read more about the program and why it is so important to our schools, click here for the full media release.

Tuesday AM Recap: Property Tax Exemption for Seniors & Vets, Marijuana butane ordinance

Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that supports efforts of business owners in Hillyard and East Sprague to develop a business improvement district. We also unanimously approved a resolution regarding projects for the 2015-2020 Six-Year Comprehensive Street Program utilizing Transportation Benefit District Funds, an ordinance that amends our municipal code for the Landmark Commission to better reflect the agreement reached between the city and county on its operation and makeup, and an ordinance that makes it so more kinds of intrafund budget transfers will require council approval. The council also unanimously approved an emergency budget ordinance provides a property tax exemption for low income seniors or persons with disabilities.

We voted 6-0 (with Councilmember Stratton abstaining) to pass an ordinance that makes marijuana extraction by anyone other than an I-502 licensed processor illegal and requires I-502 licensed producers and processors to obtain an operating permit from the Fire Department for any marijuana extraction method that does not involve just water. This ordinance emerged from discussions in our Marijuana Policy Subcommittee after several explosive incidents occurred where people were using butane to extract hash oil from marijuana flowers. With this ordinance, we hope to discourage people from utilizing unsafe marijuana extraction methods outside of the state run recreational market.

Two items last night were not passed unanimously. The first was an ordinance I brought forward regarding the Retail Service Area in our newly adopted Water Service Plan. The ordinance puts a process in place whereby council will consider annual amendments to the Water Service Plan for new water service connections and certificates of availability outside the boundaries of our current Retail Service Area. It was passed by council on a 6-1 vote, with Fagan voting against. The other item that did not pass unanimously was the Water System Plan itself. I voted against this due to the fact that I believe the current Retail Service Area map in the plan is too expansive, and does not effectively manage our resources and our business as a water utility.

Upcoming events 2/6/15 through 2/13/15


Movies are meant to entertain us; but some movies strive to do more. If you enjoy films that dip in to political, cultural or social issues, a group of folks is meeting at Liberty Park Methodist Church (1526 E. 11th Ave) to watch the film “Syriana” on Sunday, February 8 at 7pm. The movie screening is free, and there is sure to be some great discussion afterward.

Monday, February 9 at 1:30pm – Public Works Committee – Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd).
Monday, February 9 at 6pm – Council Legislative Session – Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall.
Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm – Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council – Peaceful Valley Community Center (214 N Cedar).
Wednesday, February 11 7pm – Southgate Neighborhood Council – ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St.
Thursday, Febraury 12 at 3:30pm – Council Study Session – Council Briefing Center.
Thursday, Febraury 12 at 7pm – Latah/Hangman Neighborhood Council – Trading Company Store, 2nd Floor break room (4235 S. Cheney/Spokane Rd).

Spokane Police Release More Detailed Photo of Stabbing Suspect

Stabbing suspect photo

Spokane Police are releasing another, more detailed photo of a stabbing suspect who is believed to have stabbed a woman while she was walking on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post St. and S. Wall St., on the night of January 25th. Major Crimes Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident (outlined below) to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Spokane Police responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Sprague on a report that a female at the location had suffered a stab wound.

Responding officers located the adult female victim, determined she had suffered a stab wound and also had a metal blade lodged in her back.

The victim received medical aid at the scene and was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

The victim indicated the stabbing had likely occurred when she was walking on W. 2nd Ave. between S. Post St. and S. Wall St. on her way to the 400 block of W. Sprague.

The suspect in this incident is described only as a person wearing a dark hoodie with the hood pulled up.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.