Chamber’s update on Spokane Valley City Council Meeting

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Spokane Valley City Council Meeting

July 10, 2018

Motion Consideration for Economic Analysis of Tourism Venues
Working towards the City’s Comprehensive Plan goals for tourism, Staff and Council went through a list of City and County-owned facilities to select a few venues and projects to prioritize for event attraction and increase tourism. Council identified CenterPlace Regional Event Center and its lawn expansion project, the creation of a new sport complex, and the Fairgrounds as their three priorities for event attraction to boost tourism. Council approved a motion for staff to pursue the lawn expansion at CenterPlace, looking in to the creation of a new sports complex in Spokane Valley, and to begin event attraction for CenterPlace and the Fairgrounds.
Report: Sharp Decline in Utility Tax Revenue
A comparison of annual revenue from the City of Spokane Valley’s Utility Tax in 2018 to its first year in 2009 shows nearly 40% reduction in revenue for the City.
Transportation Project Funding Updates
City staff asked Council for permission to pursue Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grants for the following projects: University Road preservation, a new sidewalk and drainage systems on Adams Road, and intersection improvements at Sprague-Barker.
University Road (*40% City Match, $1.25 million)
*Staff and Council will have more discussions  about potentially lowering the City’s match  request.
Adams Road (20% City Match, $100,000)
Sprague-Barker (20% City Match, $320,000)
Euclid Avenue Preservation Project (Sullivan to Flora)
This preservation project has a $1.5 million price tag and will be funded by the City of Spokane Valley. The plan is to grind and add a 2” overlay, with construction planned to take place in October.
Staff will return to Council on July 24th to present bid options.