Tuesday AM Council Recap 9/1/15: Parklet Resolution

Our agenda last night included four items: two emergency budget ordinances (EBOs) and two resolutions. The first EBO allocated funding to Spokane Police Department’s Community Outreach Programs, which includes programs such as Restore Our Kids, the Zone, and the Junior Kids Academy. (To read more about SPD’s community outreach programs, click here). The second EBO was for the purchase of mobile data computers. Both EBOs passed unanimously.

We voted 5-1 (Councilmember Fagan voting against) on a resolution to request that the Administration and Downtown Spokane Partnership implement a 60-day parlet demonstration project in downtown Spokane. Jose Barajas with You Express Studios gave the Council a presentation on the parklet concept, which has been used in places like Seattle and San Francisco. Finally, the resolution to amend City Council rules for the inclusion of a new standing committee meeting (Community, Health and Environment) passed unanimously.

(In our afternoon briefing session, the Council voted 5-1, with Councilmember Fagan voting against, to allocate funds for the Division Triangle Project on Spokane Falls Blvd. across the street from the Convention Center. Council President Stuckart was not at the Council meetings, as he is traveling on city business).

Council recap

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