Welcome to Spokane County
Spokane County Welcomes the Washington State Association of Counties, November 18-20th!
The Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) is in Spokane for their annual County Leaders Conference at the Davenport Hotel. This year’s theme is “Learn, Lead, and Participate”. Keynote Speaker, Ron Culberson will present Do it Well, Make it Fun on Wed. Nov. 19th – and Washington State Governor Inslee will address the conference on the morning of Thurs. Nov. 20th.
With more than 25 unique educational opportunities, three offsite functions, a sold out exhibitor hall and a record number of attendees registered, this conference has brought together county leaders and key decision makers from across the state of Washington – please join us in welcoming them to Spokane County!
The United States and Washington State flags at all Spokane County facilities will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, November 22 until Monday, November 24, 2014, in memory of Washington State Representative Roger Freeman who passed away on October 29, 2014.
Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System! - One Regional System Serving Many Communities
At the stroke of midnight, Spokane County took over management of the regional solid waste system and ownership of the Valley and North County Transfer Stations. (The City of Spokane will continue to own and operate the Waste to Energy Facility on the West Plains.)
According to Spokane County Utilities Director Kevin Cooke, it is a virtually seamless transition for residents since their curbside pickup will not change and they can continue to use the transfer stations. “All Spokane County residents will be welcome to use the Valley and North County Transfer Stations. As before, the transfer stations will accept household trash, organics and green waste, recyclables, used oil, tires, residential construction debris, and household hazardous waste. Clean Green fees will also remain the same at $47 per ton, with only a $5.00 minimum charge,” Cooke said. He added, “A new service that we think will be appreciated by our customers is the convenience of Single-Stream Recycling. They will no longer have to sort their recyclable materials (newspapers, mixed paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, metals, aluminum/steel/tin cans), instead – we’ll take care of it!”
The new took another step forward after the Board of County Commissioners approved the new Solid Waste Flow Control Ordinance on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The new ordinance will replace the current language in the Spokane County Code and goes into effect on November 17, 2014 – when Spokane County will take ownership of the two transfer stations and begin managing the regional system. (The City of Spokane will continue to own and operate the Waste to Energy Facility on the West Plains.)
Locations, Hours and Fees
Valley Transfer Station – 3941 N. Sullivan Road (Spokane Valley)
North County Transfer Station – N. 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road
Hours: The Valley and North County Transfer Stations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week. Spokane County accepts payment by Cash, Check, and Credit or Debit Cards.
Fees: The fees at the Valley and North County Transfer Stations will not change until January 1, 2015 – when they drop from $104.59 to $101 per ton!
Please note that while some jurisdictions are not participating in the new Regional Solid Waste System, all Spokane County residents are welcome to use the Valley and North County Transfer Stations.
The residents, businesses and schools in the Cities of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake will not be eligible for certain programs offered through the Spokane County Regional System, such as: Public Education and Outreach, Master Composters and Recycling Events. For information regarding those programs in your area, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction.
• City of Spokane Valley: (509) 921-1000 or www.spokanevalley.org
• City of Liberty Lake: (509) 755-6700 or www.libertylakewa.gov
For more information about the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System, call (509) 477-6800.
Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System - Participating Jurisdictions
• City of Airway Heights
• City of Deer Park
• City of Medical Lake
• City of Millwood
• City of Spokane
• Fairchild Air Force Base
• Spokane County, unincorporated areas
• Towns of Fairfield, Latah, Spangle, Rockford, Waverly
Explore Spokane County's Conservation Futures!
This is a beautiful time of year in Spokane County and perfect for exploring the forests. streams, and hills that are preserved through the Conservation Futures Program. As of 2014, Conservation Futures has acquired more than 7,000 acres that are owned and managed by Spokane County, the City of Spokane and the City of Cheney.
For a complete list and maps of these beautiful natural areas, go to Conservation Futures...and take a walk (hike, bike, rock climb) on the wild side!
ALERT Spokane–The Spokane County Emergency Notification System
A Public Safety Message from the Spokane County Commissioners
How will you be notified if there’s an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system!
ALERT Spokane has been in operation since 2010, and is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there’s a wild fire in your area, you might be told to evacuate.
It’s important to note that the recorded message will be sent to landline telephones in the affected area. If you have discontinued your landline telephone service and are relying on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system! Even if you still have a landline telephone, it’s a good idea to register your cell phone with ALERT Spokane.
In the interest of public safety, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is urging the public to register their cell phones and VoIP phones (Comcast, Vonage, XO Communications, etc.) with ALERT Spokane. It’s easy to do. Just go to www.alertspokane.org and enter the information. You can also register more than one cell or VoIP phone number.
Be informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane TODAY at www.alertspokane.org!
Initiative 502 (I-502) was approved by Washington State voters on November 6, 2012.
I-502 removes the legal prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana, subject to licensing and regulation by the Liquor Control Board; allows limited possession of marijuana by persons aged twenty-one and over; and imposes 25% excise taxes on wholesale and retail sales of marijuana, earmarking revenue for purposes that include substance-abuse prevention, research, education, and healthcare.
The implementation of I-502 is the responsibility of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Over the course of implementation, the Liquor Control Board's I-502 Implementation site provides the most current information. Please be sure to check the site often for updates.
Discover Spokane County
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Washington's Statehood, we invite you to explore the fourth largest county in the state. Spokane County. These Discovery tours are designed as day trips that highlight some of the history, scenic beauty and natural wonders of our area. From rock-climbing to antique shopping, it's waiting for you so come and discover Spokane County!