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Spokane Valley Permit Center to relocate within City Hall effective March 30

Spokane Valley Permit Center to relocate within City Hall effective March 30

 

The Spokane Valley Permit Center will be relocated from its current location to a new location inside City Hall effective Monday, March 30th.

 

The Permit Center was formerly situated in the strip to the west of City Hall. Visitors will be able to access the new center from the outside on the north side of the building, as well as from the inside through the main hallway of city hall.

 

According to the City, the relocation will provide community members with easier access and improved service with their various permitting needs. Operating hours for the permit center will remain the same; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.

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2015 Senior Empowerment Resource Fair coming to Spokane Valley April 10

2015 Senior Empowerment Resource Fair coming to Spokane Valley April 10

 

Spokane Valley senior citizens and their families will have the opportunity to gain more awareness about the various services and amenities provided withing the Spokane Valley community.

 

The 2015 Senior Empowerment Resource Fair, hosted by the City of Spokane Valley Senior Center, will take place on Friday April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center at 2426 N. Discovery Place. 

 

The event is completely free to attend, and everyone is invited to bring along their friends and family members.

 

The fair will strive to provide answers to questions that seniors or their families have about any aspect of their life, including, but not limited to, hospice care, social work services, fun activities, senior-focused housing, and financial and counseling services. 

 

Questions about the event can be directed to Karen Clark-Parson at 929-1937 or kparson@spokanevalley.org.

Spokane Valley one step closer to City Hall, awards design contract to Cd'A architectural firm

Spokane Valley one step closer to City Hall, awards design contract to Cd'A architectural firm

 

Spokane Valley is one step closer its own City Hall.

 

Architects West, Inc. was awarded the contract for architectural design services for the project. The company was one of four design firms that submitted proposals for the project. The firm is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

 

"We are thrilled to begin the design work for a new City of Spokane Valley City Hall at University City," said the City of Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos. "It will be a key piece of a new civic center located within a growing and repurposed mix of commercial, educational, and multi-family opportunities and potential in this vital area. With the favorable financial and construction conditions that prevail today, our City now has the opportunity to build a much needed, but "right-sized" municipal structure that reflects our City's continuing commitment to lean government and responsible stewardship of our tax dollars."

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

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Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

 

Spokane Transit (STA) will host a regional open house focusing on Proposition No. 1, which, if approved, will generate additional revenue to maintain service and fund more than 25 regional projects. Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.3% sales tax increase in a special election on April 28, 2015.

 

The open house will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the STA Plaza, Main Floor Rotunda, at 701 W. Riverside Avenue.

 

“The open house will be a great opportunity for community members to speak with STA staff about Proposition 1 and the proposed transit projects, which include several system improvements throughout the region, new night and weekend service, expanded Paratransit service, improved passenger amenities, as well as replacement of vehicles at the end of their useful life,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.

 

Each of the regional transit projects was identified through an intensive public outreach process over the last three years.

 

Numerica Credit Union unveils new high tech, energy efficient branch

Numerica Credit Union unveils new high tech, energy efficient branch

 

Numerica Credit Union recently unveiled its new Sprague location at 4904 E Sprague. The new branch feels more like a high-end coffee shop than your typical credit union. It boasts over 3,700 square feet with a new concept that changes the flow of how business is done for the Spokane Valley-based credit union. The project broke ground last May, but original planning began in early November 2012 with a variety of stakeholders including members and branch staff. 

 

“We're here to foster well-being in people’s lives, so it was important for our branch to evoke a stress free, and comfortable environment” explained Guy Ottersen, Numerica’s Sprague branch manager. “The branch has an inviting design that allows us to be personable with our members so that we can easily have conversations about their needs, their goals, and their future plans.”

 

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

 

The Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman program, operated by SNAP, is recruiting new volunteers specifically needed in the communities surrounding Spokane. Over 150 nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities in our region do not have a local ombudsman resource for the residents, families, and staff to assure that residents receive quality care.

 

SNAP is looking for volunteers who can spend four hours a week to offer added protection to vulnerable adults in the community. Certified ombudsman offer a listening ear to residents and a voice for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. SNAP needs volunteers to work with the residents, family and staff of their local long term care facility to help address issues early, preventing bigger problems and possible neglect. The volunteer will visit long-term care facilities on a regular basis, talk to residents and try to resolve their needs.