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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, February 26, 2015 At Che By JOHN Editor ney McCALLUM "alk into Cheney's Les Schwab store and ask for Fer- rel Kaminski, and you'll likely get some blank stares from the staff. Walk in and ask for Sparky, and you'll eventually come face to face with a smiling, affable chap with close-cropped hair and ready handshake. The two, Kaminski and Sparky, are one and the same, although the new manager of Cheney's store not only goes by the latter, but also has identification to prove it. "I was getting checks with birthday money made out to Sparky," he said. "So I changed it on my driver's license." Originally from a small S :hw b, it' town outside Helena, Mont. called Townsend, Sparky be- gan his Les Schwab career at a store in the state caPital, working there for 13 years. He then transferred to a store in Harley, Idaho where he was the assistant manager for six and a half years before becoming the manager at a Les Schwab branch in Puyallup, Wash. three years ago. When the managerial open- ing at the Cheney Les Schwab came open recently, he decided to apply for it since it would position him, his wife and two children halfway between relatives in Montana and in the Seattle area. The position also offered a more attractive sales mixture between city drivers and rurM drivers and - most Photo by John McCallum As long as he can remember, Cheney Les Schwab's new manager has always gone by the nickname Sparky. importantly -- presented the opportunity to return to living in a small town. d just Spa "My wife has only been Sparky has been at Cheney here two days, one when we Les Schwab since Jan. 19, mak- looked at the store and the ing weekend trips back to other at the rental and she says, Puyallup to bring over items, 'This feels more like home,'" including a pair of vintage Sparky said. automobiles - a 1969 Chevy Both of the couple's chil- Camaro and a 1970 Dodge dren are out of the home, with Challenger. Other hobbies their 21-year-old son working include hunting and fishing, at Les Schwab in Montana so especially the latter in the form that he can qualify to attend of fly-fishing which both he Montana State University and his son enjoy. while their 19-year-old daugh- As to how and when he ter is still considering her got his nickname, Sparky isn't options - including school exactly sure, although Les in France, Italy or enrolling Schwab customers may be able at Eastern Washington Uni- to guess. versity. "I've went by Sparky since "She's changed her mind I was so high," he says, hold- so many times," sparky says ing his hand about 2-3 feet off laughing. "Her mom's always the floor. asking, 'What's the plan this John McCallum can be reached week?" at jmac@chenetdfreepress.com. Airway H ights City Council pproves public defender contracts By AL STOVER defending a suspect,"Mayor Patrick Rushingproved the second read- nance-that amends thetransportation im- Staff Reporter Deputy Mayor Kevin and Councilman Dave ing of an ordinance that city's municipal code to provements within the The Airway Heights Richey said. Maletwere absent fromadopts regulations forallow the city to remove city that were well at- City Council breezed In ordinances, the the meeting, solid waste disposal the five-year maximumtended. He said most througha quick agenda councilvoted 4-1to ap- Council also ap- flow control in the city. timeline as it negotiates of residents' concerns at its Feb. 17 meeting, prove the second read- proved the second "This was a part of contracts with solid were about the side- The council ap- ing of an ordinance that reading of an ordinance the agreement we made waste haulers, walks on Deer Heights proved a contract withprovides salary and "Removing the five-Road and 14thAvenue. Joshua Maurer, of Mau- benefit adjustments and rer Law, to provide retroactive pay for non- "This is in case our public defender yearthecitytimelineto negotiateall°ws dentsBennettareSaidnotS°mehappyreSi- public defender servic- represented employ- (Maurer)has a conflict with defend- for shorter or longerwith the channeliza- contracts," Williquette tion the Washington es for $4,000 a month, ees. It also provides ing a suspect." They also approvedfull-time equivalent said. State Department of a confliCt public de- adjustments for Local Deputy Mayor Kevin Richey City Attorney Stan-Transportation is in- fender contract with 270-A employees and ley Schwartz said the stalling on Highway 2 Chris Carlisle of Car- establishes a wage for city will go out for re- near Hayford Road. lisle and Byers Law the newly-established that amends the city's when we joined Spo- quest for proposal for"They understand Firm, not exceeding Parks and Recreation municipal code on nui- kane County for solida solid waste collector, the need for channel- $10,000. The city re- coordinator position, sances. Police Chief Lee waste removal servic-Williquette said the city ization and the safety ceived a 2015 Office of Councilman Doyle In- Bennett explained that es," Public Works Di-is in negotiations with but they are worried Public Defense grant to man, who was the dis- the purpose of the ordi- rector Kelly Williquette Waste Management. about property values," pay for the cost. senting vote, said he nance is to clarify and said. "There will be no During staff reports, Bennett said. "This is in case our was not in favor of just consolidate the nuisance increase in costs." Williquette said the AlStovercanbereached public defender (Mau- the retroactive pay por- abatement process. They approved the city had four public at al@cheneyfreepress. rer) has a conflict with tion of the ordinance. The council ap- second reading of ordi- meetings regarding com. I Materials ] @ | OPEN i S I 7 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri | . . S " Io Sand 8, Gravel ~ I ..... 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