It’s been a little quiet on my blog the last few weeks! Council did not meet the week of the 4th, so I took some vacation time with the family. Last Friday, Tom and I took our girls to their first Indians Baseball game! So much fun.
At last night’s Council meeting and 3:30 briefing session, we had quite the list of contracts to approve for various street paving and sidewalk projects throughout the city. I was pleased that we were able to approve contracts for two TBD $20 car tab paving projects — work that would not be happening without that revenue. Click here to learn more about the 2012 TBD projects in your neighborhood.
Council also passed some very important changes to our fire code last night — changes that can help our historic business districts develop and grow. Two of the proposed changes had to do with fire hydrants. One increases the current required distance of 250 feet to 500 feet for non fire sprinklered buildings and 750 feet for buildings with approved fire sprinkler systems. While this may not appear to be a significant change it can have a major impact on business development. When a fire hydrant is not located within the minimum required distance, one must be added by the business developer — an installation that can cost thousands of dollars. The Fire Dept. does not think making this change will create a significant impact on public safety due to the large diameter hoses they now use to supply water. This is one of many steps we need to take to help redevelop our old business districts in Spokane.