Council AM Recap 10/20/15: John Wayne Pioneer Trail Resolution
At last night’s Council meeting, we voted on a resolution in support of the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that I sponsored. The trail is a 300-mile-long National Recreation Trail that stretches from the Cascades to the Idaho border, and provides a crucial connection to Columbia Plateau Trail and Fish Lake Trail along the way. Several weeks ago, it was discovered that the State was planning on closing the 130-mile-long section of the trail East of the Columbia River, which would have impacted recreation and tourism for the many people who utilize the trail and cut Spokane’s trail network off from the connection with Columbia Plateau Trail north of Sprague, Washington. Small towns such as Tekoa would have been adversely impacted as well, as the trail is one of the primary recreational trails in the area. The Council voted unanimously in support of this resolution.
The Council also voted unanimously to approve an emergency budget ordinance to increase funding for the consultation work done on the Cell Tower Ordinance that will come before council in the following weeks and a resolution setting a hearing before Council on November 30, 2015 for the vacation of a portion of Park Court and a portion of an unnamed adjacent street as requested by Whipple Consulting Engineers.