Grant seeks sixth term on Post Falls council

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POST FALLS - Scott Grant will seek a sixth term on the Post Falls City Council in November.

Grant was appointed to the council in November 1990 and has served ever since.

"I believe that I still can make some contributions to the city," he said. "I believe my experience and time served provides a unique perspective on where we've been and that's important as we develop our future."

Grant retired in 2007 after 32 years with the Department of Correction, where he worked in the probation and parole division. He served on a contract basis with the department's Lewiston office last year and the Coeur d'Alene office this year. His work ends at the end of September.

Grant currently represents the city at Jobs Plus meetings and at joint meetings with the urban renewal commission.

He served as the liaison to the library board for 17 years and endorsed the idea for the library to go under the umbrella of the local library district.

"I think it's better for the future of the library and for all of us," he said.

Grant, who voted against extending the life of the East Post Falls urban renewal district that would have provided more funding for the Greensferry Road project at Interstate 90, said he believes districts need to be studied carefully.

"We have two districts closing in the next four years, and that's a good thing," he said. "I'm not ruling out future districts, but they need to create jobs and serve all of us. Urban renewal is one of the most valuable tools we have for job creation, and if we don't manage it well, the Legislature will continue to make changes. We need to be responsible."

Grant said in-fill annexations are preferred over more large subdivisions on the Rathdrum Prairie.

"But every proposal has to be viewed on its own merit," he said.

Grant believes one of his greatest strengths is that he's a good listener.

"I know what my strengths are, but I also know what my limitations are," he said.

Grant said he would like to continue to be a part of the decision-making process that helps create a city center.

"I still think that there's a real opportunity for a downtown that we'll all be proud of," he said.

Grant said he recently supported a 2 percent property tax hike - the first increase the council took in three years - because it's important to keep up with maintenance and services.

"We don't want to start stealing from our future," he said. "If we don't put money away to maintain roads or maintain our fleets, all we're doing is requiring a future council to raise taxes."

Grant serves with the Post Falls Community Volunteers, a group that sponsors community events, and previously served on the 911 Joint Powers Board and the county's emergency services advisory board.

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