I was pleased to chair the May 1st Council meeting, where we celebrated the kick-off to Spokane’s Lilac Festival with a visit from our Lilac Queen and Court, as well as the co-presidents of the Lilac Association. Congrats to all those who put in hundreds of volunteer hours to make the parades, luncheons and the Royalty a success. The work helps bring together our community to honor those in the military and public service and also showcases Spokane to other communities.
We had a very short legislation agenda. One item of note was the City approving the purchase of two parcels on the east end of Felts Field near the Spokane River. The Spokane Airport is always looking to purchase properties for future expansion or to protect airspace. These were vacant parcels — a good opportunity to land bank for the future (approved 5-0, CP Stuckart and CM Mumm absent).
On May 8th, the full complement of Council was back for another short agenda. We were able to approve the Plan Commission 2017 work program (6-1, Fagan opposed). This is a collaborative effort between Council, City Planning staff, and our volunteer Plan Commissioners. We appreciate their volunteer time and it is always a struggle to get everything the City leadership and citizens want accomplished with the time and resources we have allocated…but we do our best. Many exciting projects ahead of us this year after the adopt the Comprehensive Plan update at the end of June.