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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, April 16, 2015 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The three large metal manufacturing companies moving into Airway Heights are not quite finished but they continue to progress at their own pace. The Exotic Metals Forming Company, which began construc- tion on its facility, lo- cated on the south side of McFarland Road at Lawson Street, almost a year ago, received a temporary certificate of occupancy back in February. The certificate allows Exotic to bring in their equipment and have it inspected by a third party. According to Development Services Director Derrick Braat- r Photo by AI Stover The Exotic Metals Forming Company's facility, located on McFarland Road, is almost finished. The corn pany received a temporary certificate of occu pancy back occupy a building previ- ously used by the Scafco Corporation. Braaten said Brown-Straus is working with Scafco on moving into the facility. The company is also constructing a half-mile rail line to connect its fa- cility to the Geiger Spur. Braaten added that the rail spur has to undergo the environmental re- view process. Both the Seaport Steel and Brown- Strauss projects hit a snag in their funding. In 2014, Washington state's Community and Economic Revitaliza- tion Board awarded in February to bring equipment for inspection. Airway Heights a $175,000 grant and a Braaten said. "They're Hayden Road is nearly facility from Brown- $363,000 loan for the not quite ready for op- complete. Braaten said Strauss is underway, projects. The city was port Steel and Brown- Strauss found loans for the same rates but without the strings." According to its website, CERB pro- vides funding to lo- cal governments and federally recognized tribes for public in- frastructure. By using state funding, the rail spur would have been for public use instead of private. With Seaport Steel and Brown-Strauss se- curing private fund- ing, the rail spur will be only for their use and Airway Heights will no longer have to match the funds and can allocate the money for a future project. Al Stover en, the facility is still in eration just yet." Seaport Steel has alsoBrown-Strauss, one of expected to match the can be reached at the finishing stages. Seaport Steel's ex- completed theState En-the largest distributors funds with $187,000. al@cheneyfreepress.com: "The actual day for pansion of its approxi- vironmentalProtection of wide-flangebeamand The CERB process opening for Exotic Met-mately 60,000 square Act (SEPA) process, structural steel tubing in had strings attached to~]; ............................................................. als is still on hold," foot facility on South The third project, athe United States, will it, Braaten said. "Sea- ~/ Airway Heights' public works director search is underway ByAL STOVER replacement to manage the department, Tripp want to make sure we continue the operations Licensed L0wn cQre c0mp0ny ] Staff Reporter the department, said. have the right person for of where we are now, but & Operated / The city of Airway Heights is quickly taking steps to address its public works director situation. Former director Kelly Williquette, who helmed the Public Works Depart- ment beginning in July 2010, left the position back in March after he found a new job. City Manager Albert Tripp currently acts as the in- terim-public works direc- tor. Tripp was Airway 'Heights" public works director prior to becom- ing the city manager. Tripp explained that the city is taking a two- pc~ase approach to fill tl~ vacant public works director position. For the first phase, the city will collabo- rate with the Prothman Company, a Northwest based consulting firm that specializes in execu- tive recruitment services and interim Staffing, ac- cording to its website, to help hire a temporary "The City Council dis- cussed this at the March 26 study session and will resume discussion at the second study session in April before voting on it at the first May meeting," Tripp said. Once the .temporary replacement is chosen, the city will look for the permanent person to fill the position. After the permanent replacement is hired, the temporary hire will transition out. one who can continue the operations of where we are now, but also let us know what we could do differ- ently." City Manager Albert Tripp the job. We also want to give that permanent can- didate enough lead time so they can give notice to their current employer." The city is also making modifications to the pub- lic works director's job de- scription. Tripp said these "We are not only looking for some- changes will not only state the expectations for the position, but also reflect the changes the city has gone through in the last few years, specifically the additions of the wastewa- ter treatment facility and the Transportation Benefit District. Tripp added that Williquette still lives in the area and could be a resource for the new director. While the new public works director will flow with the continuity of the department, the city hopes their new candi- date can bring a fresh perspective. "We are not only look- ing for someone who can Tripp explained that the temporary replace- ment Will have a back- ground and experience in public works and help oversee the department for the time being. Cur- rently the Public Works Department oversees and manages the city's streets, sewer and water system. "We are looking for someone who can con- tinue the continuity of Although there is no public works director, it's "business as usual" and city staff is focus- ing on maintaining the current level of services. Tripp added it could be a 2-4 month process be- fore the city finds the department's permanent replacement. "We're not rushing into making the deci- sion," Tripp said. "We also let us know what we could do differently," Tripp said. "It was a great fit with Kelly when he came on board and we are hoping to continue the same thing for the next public works director." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. by a Volunteer Firefighter WEEKLY/BI WEEKLY MOWING/EDGING AERATING/FERTILIZER YARD CLEAN UP HAUL AWAY FIRST RESPONSE LAWN CARE 509-368-0927 51"t Annual Fisherman's at Medical Lake Fire Department April 26, 2015 * Midnight to Noon Adults $9.00 * Kids $6.00 ~~ 5 and Under Free Raffle for Great Prizes Tickets $1.OO Each Sponsored by Medical Lake Firefighter's ~u~h~tion continued from page 1 said the court process between the two cities is the same. "It's part of a wid- er court system that is based upon the law and circumstances 'of the crime rather than where you are from," Cooper said. "We are happy to be working with Medical Lake." In addition to the fi- nancial benefits, Cheney' s court system provides several programs for of- "It's part of a wider court system that isbased upon the law and cir- cumstances of the crime rather than where you are from. We are happy to be working with Medical Lake." Cheney Municipal Court Administrator Terri Cooper fenders, including a full- time court staff, a service probation department, a moral reconation therapy (MRT) class and coun- seling. Sean O" Quinn is the public defender and probation officer Molly Davidson works with cli- ents from Medical Lake. There is also YOuth court for Medical Lake High School students where they review teen court violations. "We did not have a full-time probation of- ricer before so folks had to seek it outside of the city," Medical Lake city attorney Cynthia Mc- Mullen said. "The court orderlies are professional and cordial. I think it's working very well." McMullen, who is still the prosecutor for Medical Lake, added thaf Cheney also has addi- tional services for victims of theft and domestic violence. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. For a limited time. Dine in only. At participating locations. 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