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Thursday, April 2, 2015 Free Press Page 3 . Medical Lake Deer provides No Feeding seminar By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake Citi- zens Deer Advisory Com- mittee took another step in educating the public at its March 28 "No Deer Feeding" seminar. Formed in late Octo- ber 2014, the committee's main objective of creating an ordinance that pro- hibits residents from in- tentionally feeding wild animals was approved by the City Council back in December. "Thecommitteeworked vigorously to change the wording of the ordinance to get it passed by City Council," committee chair Russ Brown said. Mayor John Higgins thanked the committee for their efforts on the ordinance during the seminar. "The council had a tough time agreeing on the ordinance,." Higgins said. "Luckily we got Candace (Bennett) and Russ. They took care of it and did the brunt of the work." After the city passed the ordinance, the com- mittee launched a public awareness campaign and created the seminar as a way to educate resi- Eva Lusk, a master gardener from Washington State University, tend to stay away from plants that produce a strong odor. Photo by AI Stover explains that deer dents on deer biology sprinklers and projectiles, plant in your garden. If and safety. Higgins said that using it's starving, it will eat it Bennett, wildlife paintballandairsoftguns (the plants)." conflict specialist with is legal within city limits, Although the atten- Washington state De- however the city does not dance was low, Ben- partment of Fish and encourage it. nett said the committee Wildlife (DFW), gave a Eva Lusk, a master may do more seminars presentation on urban gardener from Wash- in the future. She and deer concerns and wild- ington State University, Brown plan on going to life behaviors, gave a presentation onthe schools and educat- "When wild animals deer resistant plants she ing students about deer 10se the fear of people uses in her garden. Lusk safety. over time, it increases explained that deer will The committee will the likelihood of a nega- keep away from plants conduct deer counts tive interaction," Bennett that produce strong within the next six said. odors, months. Bennett also suggested"Try to plant flowers "We'll take a look at that residents use chemi- at the front that won't be where we are at the end cal repellents for fear, the first choice for deer to of the year and go from taste and pain aversion eat," Lusk said. "There's there," Bennett said. as well as scare tactics no absolute guarantee Al Stover can be reached like pyrotechnics, motion that deer won't eat a at al@cheneyfreepress.com. hold open house on tran it cent Proposed West Plains facility would directly connect Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake riders By AL STOVER The West Plains Tran- Staff Reporter sit Center will provide an Spokane Transit Au-improved connectivity thority hosted an open between the cities of Air- house March 24 in the Irv way Heights, Cheney and Leeds Center at Spokane Medical Lake while alle, International Airport, viating the need for riders March 24, for its "Mov- to travel to downtown ing Forward" proposition with the hopes of gaining one element in our over- all investment to make transit more ,usable." Ottostrom explained the right of way acquisi- tion and conceptual de- sign are underway. The goal is to have the transit center open in August 2018. STA plans to pay for the project with an $8.7 million Department of Transportation Re- gional Mobility Grant. "When school is in session we are feedback from the com- munity. The proposition, . carrying over 4,000 passengers a day. which will appear on an The transit center is one element in April 28 ballot, proposes our overall investment to make tran- a three-tenths of I percent increase to local sales tax sit more usable." to help pay for improve- KarlOttostrom, STA director of planning ments to STA's service and projects. STA's plan has sever- Spokane, It also increases Ottostrom also pre- al proposed projects for Park and Ride capacity sented traffic impacts the the West Plains, includ- on the West Plains. facility would potentially ing increasing service to "A lot of riders go generate. Airway Heights, direct to Cheney via 1-90 and Cheney resident Bill service to Medical Lake Exit 272 along the high- Johns asked how STA is and Airway Heights, way," STA Director of addressing the overpass, but the big project is Planning Karl Ottostrom which issomething"WS- the West Plains transit said. "When school is in DOT had a fit about." center, which will be session we are carrying Ottostrom said WS- located off Exit 272 on over 4,000 passengers a DOT is currently seeking Interstate 90. day. The transit center is funding to widen the overpass without con- structing a new bridge. Some people were concerned about the proposed location of the transit center. Ottostrom explained that site was selected because there are no transit services and no pedestrian facilities on the northside of State Route 902. Another citizen, Don- na Read, is concerned the increase of traffic in the area near Exit 272. "We're going to have busses, we'll also have more trucks coming from the Petro station," Read said. "Right now the area is hectic and it needs to be addressed." Although she has her concerns, Read said the West Plains transit center will be good for the com- munity in "the long run." "It's a good idea," Read said. "We have a lot of students coming from Spokane and this gives them another place where they can catch buses." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. I , St. John's Lutheran Church of Sprague 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adults $11.00 6-12 $5.00 5 & under Free Smoked Sausage | Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable I Sauerkraut II Applesauce I Dessert Sprague Communlty Hall 3rd & C Street, Sprague, Washington Sponsored by Thrivent Cheney Community Thrift Store , Serving Our Community ~C , . "~ zlii:: Friday, .April 3rd .oooooo,o,.o .......... .oooo.oo..ooo Now accepting all donations, including: Clothing, shoes, tools, housewares, outdoor items, automotive, medical, etc. Will pick up Consignment for trade. TICKS AND TAXES APRIL.t ATTACK IN VOTE NOAPRIL / 28 TM AND REPLACE THE WITH $11.6M FOR AFFFoRDABLE FUND|NG~I "")1 I %t~ ~,.1~ .1 JuvenUe (phase one) sales tax income tax ,l lt4 l t Pald for by Bill Johns 12608 S. Scribner Road, Cheney, WA 99004 I & 2 Revitalization Safety Concept Plan Public Workshop 8, 2015- City Council Chambers 2nd Floor 13120 W. 13th Ave. Help us develop a concept to revitalize the Highway 2 corridor. The goal is to promote a safe and healthy community by improving pedestrian & bike routes along the central corridor. Potential improvement concepts include installation of landscaping, benches, lights, and art. It is important that conceptual ideas move toward adoption by the City Council. Your input is needed to create a unique identity and assist with economic vitality. Can't make the meeting? Fill out a survey at O O http://www.cawh.org/documents/VISlON Yo20SR-2 Yo2OSurvey.pdf For more information, please contact Derrick Braaten, Development Services Director at 509-244-2552