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Council hears updates
11/7/2012 9:24:56 AM

By Josh Johnson
Splash Staff Writer

The Liberty Lake City Council cleared the table of some smaller business items Tuesday as municipal leaders prepare for the meat of budget season later this month.

Sprinting through a light agenda of director's reports and presentations with several reminders that "it's election night," much of the meeting centered on making sure things were on track for two major issues that will come up at the city's Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 meetings: the 2013 budget and the future of a vacant lot next to Liberty Lake Elementary School.

City Administrator Katy Allen reported 26 questions had come in from Council members regarding the mayor's budget, the answers for which  were being communicated electronically back to the full Council. On the suggestion of Council Member Dan Dunne, Allen said she will look at putting the same information on the city's website for public consumption. The city has public hearings on the 2013 budget scheduled for each of the next two Tuesdays.

Allen said she will be late for this coming Tuesday's meeting, as she will first attend a public hearing the Central Valley School District's Board of Directors will be holding, also at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The public hearing is for the district leaders to hear input on a proposal to sell the city a vacant lot it owns next to LLES so it can be improved and used for youth sports fields until the school district is ready to build a school on it. Allen said the issue is scheduled to come before the City Council at the Nov. 20 meeting.

In other business:

In a written report to the Council, Liberty Lake Municipal Library Director Pamela Mogen said construction of the new library entryway will commence "in the next two weeks" and will last through mid-December. The painting on the project will wait for spring.

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The Council approved an agreement with Rocking K Ranch to provide private, 30-minute carriage rides on Dec. 7 and 14 on a 1.5-mile route in the city. Those private rides, which seat up to six people, will be available for $65.

The Council awarded  a $5,353.48 bid to Rob's Demolition Inc. to demolish a small house and shed structure at 24901 E. Mission Ave., at Rocky Hill Park.