Windstorm Debris Clean Up Info

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SNAP has limited funding to assist with the removal of trees, stumps, and woody debris over 4 inches in diameter for low-income home owners within the City of Spokane. The City of Spokane has provided funding to allow SNAP to provide these services. Eligibility is determined by SNAP guidelines and funding availability. SNAP can be reached at (509) 319-3080 or through their website at

Resources are limited and approved funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please submit applications for SNAP assistance by September 20, 2016. Applications received after September 20, 2016 will be considered if remaining funding is available.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Program: Call the Office of Neighborhood Services to get information at (509) 625-6083. In some cases, neighborhoods have funds allocated to provide services to help you clean up your property.

Catholic Charities Volunteer chore service for seniors and disabled individuals can be contacted at (509) 459-6172. Eligibility is determined by Catholic Charities.

Additional information: Residents who do not qualify for programs are encouraged to look at the list of licensed arborists on the City’s website at For removal of large stumps, consider logging, demolition and excavation companies. The Waste to Energy Facility is located at 2900 S. Geiger Boulevard; clean green material can be disposed of at the regular clean green disposal rate. The cost is $5.30 for up to 220 pounds or $49.76 per ton. Call 8-1-1 before you dig for safety reasons.

If you have any questions, please call the Office of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement at (509) 625-6083.

Peaceful Valley Yard Sale

The Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council is holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale to raise money for the Neighborhood Council. On Saturday the yard sale will be expanded to include an original art sale featuring Peaceful Valley artists, a bake sale and music and poetry. Please come to buy some good stuff and enjoy the flavor of Peaceful Valley.
Dates:  Friday, September 30, 9 am to noon; Saturday, October 1, 9 am to 2 pm
Place:  Glover Field, 214 N Cedar St, 99201

Infill Development Open House Results And Continued Discussion

On August 30, the City of Spokane held an open house to discuss the infill development project. You may now view the results of the open house discussions.

The City invites continued discussion about the concepts presented in the comment section on their blog:

For more information, and to participate in the online survey by Monday, September 12, please visit the project webpage:


Shaping Spokane – 2017 Update to the Comprehensive Plan


The City of Spokane has launched a new website, Shaping Spokane, to share information about the updates they are making to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision for the City and a roadmap for Spokane’s future that sets the framework for physical, social, and economic development of the City. As such, it provides guidance for city development – the major land uses, transportation systems, parks, open spaces, and centers for shopping and employment, as well as where investment in utilities, capital facilities, and services will be needed. On or before June 30, 2017, the City must complete its periodic update to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA).

All are invited to a series of open houses where staff will present updates to the chapters of the Plan. The purpose of each workshop is to inform the Commission of changes to the chapters and provide an opportunity for feedback.

Date Time Address Area
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00-7:00 p.m. 906 W. Main, Ground Floor
Downtown Spokane Library – Rooms 1A and 1B
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:30-8:00 p.m. 2934 E. 27th, (north side of Lincoln Heights Shopping Center)
Southside Christian Church
City Council District 2
Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:30-8:00 p.m. 4001 N. Cook
Northeast Community Center
City Council District 1
Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:30-8:00 p.m. 1603 N. Belt
West Central Community Center – Newton Room
City Council District 3

Update on the TJ Meenach IO-3 Control Facility

Pictured in this post is an updated artist’s rendering of what the IO-3 Control Facility located next to TJ Meenach Drive will look like when it’s completed. Click here for the high-resolution drawing.

Underground there will be a stormwater collection tank, which is the basis for the project as a whole. Aboveground there will be trees and native landscaping, trails for biking and walking, and an overlook over Pettet Drive (aka Doomsday Hill) and the Spokane River below. It will also provide improved connectivity to the Centennial Trail.

Artist's rendering of the IO3 Control Facility and Trail

Artist’s rendering of the IO3 Control Facility and Trail

Construction is slated to start in late autumn and will likely finish by the end of 2017. TJ Meenach Drive might see a limited duration closure but for the most part lanes will be open to allow continued traffic flow. Pettet Drive, which is currently the site of a similar construction project, should be reopened by that point.

The layout and landscaping are still being fine-tuned and finalized. Anyone with questions can attend the next Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meeting on Wednesday, September 14 or contact Cindy Kinzer, Senior Design Engineer at the City of Spokane, at

Call for Volunteers: 13th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up

The 13th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up is September 17, 2016


Each year, hundreds of volunteers spend their Saturday morning picking up garbage and recyclable materials from our public lands along the Spokane River. In 2015, volunteers removed about 4 tons of debris – from High Bridge Park all the way to the University District and we sorted and recycled about a ton of the material collected.

The Spokane River Clean-Up is a great chance to give back for the great recreational opportunities our river corridor provides all year long! Registration for this year’s event is now open! To register, please go to

This is a fun and important event that has a huge impact on our river and its surroundings. The Spokane River Clean-Up is made possible by the service of about 100 key volunteers who go the extra mile to make the clean-up effective, efficient, safe, and fun. You can volunteer to for the clean-up crew or in a leadership role.

If you are interested in volunteering for a key role, please contact Danny Murphy at or (509) 795-4609, or Lindsay Box at or (509) 209-2851.

Like the Spokane River Clean-Up Facebook page to see news and updates about this year’s event!

Infill Development Open House and Survey

infillThe infill development steering committee will hold a public open house from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, August 30, 2016, in the Chase Gallery of Spokane City Hall, to discuss concepts that have emerged as potential strategies in the infill development project. Click here to view a short presentation of infill development, adopted goals, and conceptual strategies for general discussion.

People who do not attend the open house are still encouraged to provide input by submitting comments and/or taking a few moments to complete an online survey by Monday, September 12.

The survey is available online at:

More information is available at the project webpage: