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Thursday, February 12, 2015 Free Press Page 11 continued from page 1 her stories Richey decided it was some- thing that might be suited for her. "I'm not an eight-to-fiver and it took me a very long time to figure that out," she said. Richey spent five years flying with Sky West Airlines. Eventually she and her husband began talking about adding kids to their Airway Heights home, and she realized that was going to be difficult while flying the friendly skies. Her husband, who is a deputy with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, ran into Cheney dispatcher Don Cater- ton at a convention at the Davenport Hotel one day, and Caterton told him Cheney was hiring dispatchers and that she should" apply. She did, was hired, and began a 6-8 week training course that was pretty much all on the job, something Richey said is more valuable than going through dispatcher training programs offered by other law enforce- ment agencies. Learning on the job gives the person a clear picture of whether or not they have what it takes to do what is required. "You need to know what you are doing is right," Richey said. "You have no time to think. You must rely on in- stinct; you don't have time to consult a manual. Either you are built for it or not." There is a lot built into the position for Richey and the other Communica- tion Department employee.s, composed of four more full-time dispatchers, two part-time dispatchers and department File photo Many of the Cheney Communication Department's over 55,000 dispatch calls included calls to multiple agencies needing to respond to incidents, such as this collision last March. director Cathy Munoz. The dispatch pole-mounted cameras on First Street console, which spans virtually the en- downtown. tire south wall of the room just off the Richey said the latter are very handy, station's entry area, consists of eight having not only revealed traffic situa- TV monitors, one that displays written tions but also fights breaking out at bars. .records of radio communication traffic Three other screens provide information and another of phone traffic, from EWU such as the secure status One display shows officer status not of doors and windows and fire alarm only for Cheney, but also Eastern Wash- monitors. ington University as well as nearby "We see a lot in here," Richey said. Sheriff's Office deputies. Another is They also do a lot. Cheney dispatch- the main screen for dispatch, handling ers have handled an increasing number information such as emails, while of CAD -- computer aided dispatch two others display views from video - calls over the past several years. cameras, one with views from cameras In 2014, Cheney dispatch handled mounted around the police station and a record 55,018 calls for service, a at City Hall, the other from four light- 19.18 percent increase over 2013: Typi- cally those calls are about 55 percent for Cheney and 45 percent for Eastern officers, and in 2014 the number of calls increased by 16.40 .percent and 22.65 percent respectively. In a Jan. 15 Cheney Free Press story, Police Department officials said each call for service, even if several related to a specific incident, was tracked as one CAD call. Communications Director Munoz said this isn't the case, noting each CAD call can consist of multiple calls during an incident, as was the sce- nario during the'Dec. 16 armed robbery at the Cheney Maverik station - which took place during Richey's shift and required she handle multiple commu- nications between multiple responding agencies. Munoz said dispatchers also have many other duties such as processing records requests from the public and other agencies and obtaining informa- tion for warrants and protection orders. All of this is done during that dispatch- er's shift alongside the other duties. "This doesn't even count the people coming to the front counter asking ques- tions," Munoz said. Richey loves the challenge, even though that can mean working odd shift hours, weekends and holidays. It's a challenge she said provides daily rewards, serving the public and know- ing officers depend on dispatch. "I think trust is a big thing between officers and dispatchers," she said. "(It's about) coming to work and doing your best every day." John McCallum can be reached at continued from page 1 feels it is being billed un- fairly and that maintaining a state highway is not its responsibility. Gilson said WSDOT is responsible for laying asphalt, pavement, patching up potholes and other highway mainte- nance but not for snow re- moval within cities, except for freeways and limited- access comoors. The stretch of Highway 2 in Airway Heights is mostly used for commuter and freight purposes. Most of the traffic -- 25,000 trips per day - is generated by drivers who come from outside of the city. "It doesn't even qualify as a street," Tripp said. "It was listed as a U.S. High- way and a state highway ing before Airway Heights nexed, as well as Northhave plows drop their thebill, one option for WS- existed." Division Street, which is a blade to plow the snow as DOT is to take a portion of In regards to snow re- part of the highway. Spo- they are passing through gas tax revenue that is aUo- moval, the Revised Code kane Valley reimburses but not drop de-icer, sand cared to Airway Heights. of Washington47.24.020(6), WSDOTfor snow removal or clear the intersections. "We would only take states that "a city or town along Pines Road, whichis Airway Heights declined the amount that the city at its own expense shall apartofStateRoute27,andtheoffer, owes," Gilsonsaid. remove all snow from its Trent Avenue, which is a The city currently al- As far as state lawmak- streets. The state, whennec- part of SR 290. locates $30,000 a year for ers are concerned, Rep.Jeff essary, shaU plow the snow Tripp said that only a snow removal from its Holy, R4Zheney said state on the roadway. In cities smallamount ofcities such streets and does not have lawmakers prefer WSDOT and towns with 25,000 as Spokane Valley have the funding or personnel and Airway Heights settle or less people, the state, contracts with WSDOT for to maintain Highway 2.the conflict without the when necessary for public Snow removal. Gilsbn added that WSDOT . Legislature's intervention. safety, shall assume, at its "We looked at cities in also has a tight budget. "This is probably not the expense, responsibility for various counties such as Tripp said the city of- best first stop to attempt the stability of the slopes Whitman, Stevens, Chelan feted to perform snow to resolve this issue," Holy of cuts and fills and the and WaUa Walla," Tripp removal on Highway 2for said. embankments within the said. "There are numerous the state on a reimburse-Gflson said if the Leg- right-of-way to protect the cities that are not in contract ment basis, islature takes action then roadway itself." with WSDOT for paying "The state will reim- Gflson said the city of for snow or ice removalburse the city which would Spokane performs its own on the highways that goallow it to the lower cost of snow removal for the por- through their land." equipment and personnel," tion of Highway 2 within According to Gilson, Tripp said. the West Plains area it an- WSDOT has offered to If the city does not pay continued from page 1 "I just think curbside would be a "This is a mandatory step in the right direction." service if we choose to City Administrator Doug Ross adopt it," Ross said. If the city adopts curb- side recycling, every, resi- would stay in operation "The starting payment dent would receive a 96- but he hopesthat the city is higher than what you're gallon cart and Sunshine would work toward curb- currently getting," Ross would pick it up every side compost, said. "Every five years other week. Residents who "I just think curbside there is also a 10 percent are renting recycling carts would be a step in the increase in rent." for $1 will no longer be right direction," Ross said. Ross announced city charged for that service. "If you want us to do the workers installed the new While Medical Lake cur- work I'm more than happy lift station at State Route rently has a recycling cen- to bring you something 902 and Graham Road. ter, Higgins explained next meeting in order for The Washington Cities In- that the city doesn't make you to make a decision." surance Authority 0NCIA) a lot of money from re- In action items, the paid to replace the old lift cycling. In 2014, the city council approved a 15- station, which was dam- brought in $7,000 from year lease renewal with aged during a vehicular recycling, however, they AT&T to use the water accident in December 2014, paid $10,000 in labor costs tower. While the current and is working on getting to the Airway Heights lease agreement between restitution for the city. Corrections Center to help the city and AT&T is not During a public safety run the center, set to expire for another report, Fire Chief Jason Citizens will also have eight years, Ross said the Mayfield said the Fire De- an opportunity to get company is trying to get all partment responded to curbside composting for of their contracts the same 52 or 53 calls in January. yard and food waste on as far as costs and time- He added that the 1995 a subscription basis. Ross frames are concerned. The Freightliner fire engine explained that the compost new lease agreement with is running greatand re- trailer, which costs Medi- AT&T will bring $2,500 a ceived its certification to cal Lake $22,000 a year, month to the city. be an aid vehicle. "We're trying to bol- ster our EMS (emergen- cy medical service) re- sponses," Mayfield said. "One of the things that came out of the feasibility study in 2014 was that Medical Lake runs more back-to-back EMS calls than the other agencies. We wanted to make sure we had the capability for more of our trucks to run EMS calls." Al Stover can be reached at THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS" BILL MEDLEY & CHRISTOPHER CROSS / Feb 14 JIM BREUER / Feb20 VERY BEST OF CELTIC THUNDER / Mar 7 BILL ENGVALL / Mar 15 JONNYLANG / MarZI AARON LEWIS / Mar26 BOYZ ff MEN / Apt 8 "mUND RO N 0 R T H DOWN UNDER / Aprlt SPONSORED if,/ WSDOT will continue to operate as it has done in the past. "We would like to work with Airway Heights as much as possible," Gilson said. 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