City Council to consider overturning mayor’s veto on ‘mosquito alarm’ ordinance

Councilwoman looks to ban high-pitch alarms
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council will be considering a resolution to override the mayor’s veto of the  ‘mosquito alarm’ ordinance on Monday.

The City Council passed that ordinance in June by a 4-3 vote. Mayor Nadine Woodward vetoed it earlier this month, siding with businesses.

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The ordinance would place restrictions on the use of high-frequency alarms used by businesses to ward off loiterers. The alarms are typically only heard by people under the age of 25.

Councilwoman Kate Burke proposed the ordinance, saying the alarms are discriminatory against young people.

The council must have five votes on Monday night in order to override the mayor’s veto.

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