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No longer covered by County, Spokane Valley revises snow removal plans

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Wednesday, both the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley released updated details on their snow removal plans. Spokane Valley's revision came after their snow removal contract with Spokane County was not renewed.

The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to end the contract last December saying that the contract was no longer "mutually beneficial." The official termination date is October 15.

Spokane Valley's new plan, which promises the same level of service, is centered around their recently purchased snow plows and de-icers, which are not part of the county's fleet of snow removal vehicles.

Spokane Valley officials say while the situation is not ideal, it does provide them with the opportunity to revise the snow removal plan to their advantage.

Spokane Valley's fleet consists of:

  • 4 plows-sander trucks
  • 2 plow de-icer trucks from the department of transportation
  • 2 road graders
  • 1 caterpillar with mold board

Spokane Valley will also work with a contractor to obtain additional road graders and a front end loader.

That contractor, Poe Asphalt, will provide the city with nine drivers, one mechanic and an additional six operators in extreme conditions.

Those drivers are already training for the snow fall.

Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Dick Denenny says that while the trucks they purchased are used, they are in great condition.

Something new to the trucks this year are GPS tracking devices which will allow the truck operators to talk to one another, find out where the trouble spots are and how to most effectively plow the valley.

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