With excellent community attendance for both the workshop and meeting portions, here is a summary:
RJ Stevenson reported; sales tax revenue is up, permit revenue is steady, and there will be a surplus leftover from unused snow removal monies. Property tax revenues come in May.
Pamela Mogen narrated a presentation of “A Platform for Learning and Creating – Progress-People-Place” that gave an excellent view of Library activities and upcoming events.
Chief Asmus (police) reported that Crime Stat continues to show a trending increase in calls for service. Using Crime Check more helps free officers’ time from taking reports to interacting with the community for prevention and education.
Chief Collins (fire) reported that Strategic Planning meetings are very well attended and productive, with active participation from Liberty Lake government and citizens.
There is an open house for the new Fire Station 3 (21300 E. Country Vista Drive) on Sat. April 28th from 10 am to 2 pm – everyone is welcome and there will be hands-on opportunities for kids.
The regular city council meeting began with recognition of Andrew Staples’ service by the Mayor. He is leaving soon to begin a new job with the City of Spokane. Dennis Scott is providing interim Engineering leadership service. Lisa Key was appointed and approved to be the interim Planning Manager.
City Administrator Katy Allen reported on progress from the last 6 Strategic Planning meetings. A complete update, including refinement of both goals and strategic outcomes will be prepared by staff for the Council and community at the May 8th city council meeting.
Orchard Park will be the sole topic for community input, discussion and decision by the Council at the April 10th meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm. All who can are encouraged to attend.