The beginning of 2017 brought a plethora of mayoral appointments before the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday, but one box still needs to be checked: a second Planning Commission member.
Michelle Rasmussen, who currently serves on the commission, was unanimously approved by the council. However, a second needed choice didn’t happen.
“You’re probably wondering why I an only making one appointment when we have two vacancies. Quite simply: time,” said Mayor Rod Higgins. “We had two people I did not get the opportunity to interview…We have a history with Ms. Rasmussen, so I reappointed her.”
Other applicants for the Planning Commission are software developer Kristopher Pockell and Matthew Walton, a senior account manager for UPS.
Rasmussen, the director of parking and transportation at Eastern Washington University, and the remaining appointee will serve three year terms ending on Dec. 31, 2019.
The mayor also received unanimous support for the reappointment of Lee Cameron, owner of the Mirabeau Park Hotel, to the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and new appointee Scott Peterson, who serves on the Spokane County Fair Board.
Peterson will replace Peggy Doering, director of Valleyfest, who applied for a new term. Other applicants were Bill Burke, organizer of Pig Out in the Park, and Bill Crawford of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.
In other news, Higgins and Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard will serve on the new Spokane Valley Library ad hoc committee that will be committed to finding a solution to fund and construct a new library at the corner of Sprague Avenue and Herald Road across from the future Spokane Valley City Hall. Also on the committee will be City Manager Mark Calhoun, City Attorney Cary Driskell, Parks Director Mike Stone and Economic Development Director John Hohman.