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Thursday, April 16, 2015 Free Press Page 11 continued from page 1 and part of the second phase of Aspen Grove Park. One of its more recent projects, the splash pad, which the city completed with help of the Ro- tary Club of Spokane West, will have a grand opening in May. For the 2015 master plan, the de- partment launched a public aware- ness campaign, sending out a recre- ation needs and assessment survey. Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy said the department received 228 respons- es, 81 short of its goal of 309. According to Kennedy, 90 percent of residents agreed that Parks and Recreation programs contribute to the quality of life in the city and 85 percent believe the parks are safe. "We've had some parents voice their concerns with what happens at the skate park and they asked for better police patrol in that area," Ken- nedy said. According'to the survey, 72 per- cent of residents rated the community center as a higher priority than other projects. He added that many resi- dents concerned with the cost of building a new community center. "They want to know 'how it will it af- fect my pocket book?'" Kennedy said. Photo by AI Stover Since the Airway Heights Parks and Recreation's 2009 master plan update, the city completed the first phase and part of the second phase of Aspen Grove Park. One of the projects that will end up on the master plan is a park in the Sekani Development. Back in January, the City Council approved the purchase of 2.06 acres of land from Vandervert Develop- ment Inc. for $100,000 to develop a city park. The land is located off 12th Avenue, adjacent to Walmart. "One of our most important goals is to have a park within walking distance of every home," Kennedy said. Another project proposed for the master plan is the 70-acre regional sports complex. Back in 2010, Airway Heights entered into an agreement with Spokane County to acquire a 70-acre parcel adjacent to Spokane County Raceway that was purchased in 2008 from a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, to be developed as a regional sports complex - a project the county said had "regional benefit." Earlier this year, Spokane County published a list of proposed improvement projects and conducted a series of open houses to gain public feedback for future decisions. According to the county, the sur- vey received several comments from residents suggesting the addition of the sports complex to the projects list. Kennedy hopes the county will take the comments and the sports complex under consideration. Other projects suggested for the master plan update include recon- struction of Martella Field and re- placing the playground equipment at Sunset Park. "We haven't been able to replace the equipment because the parts are so old, they don't make them anymore," Kennedy said. "When a part goes bad, we isolate that piece of equipment and remove it. Over the years the playground has been disappearing." The department will have a second public workshop for the master plan, May 7. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 ments to the FBI in 2013 - the latest year avail- able - for violent crimes, such as homicide, forcible rape, robbery and aggra- vated assault, along with property crimes like bur- glary, arson and theft. The data was then standard- ized to reflect incidents per every 100,000 people, and then weighted, with violent crime weighted at 90 percent and property crime at 10 percent. According to the Cheney Police Depart- low the 759 reported in 2010. While the ValuePen- guin study rankings re- flect well on Cheney, they do need to be taken with a grain of informational ington received NIBRS compliance, and Cheney meets those state NIBRS requirements while the FBI is in the process of switching to the NIBRS system. "Our hope is that these reports can highlight which cities and towns are doing an exceptional job in provid- ing their residents with a safe place to live." Study co-author and ValuePenguin co-founder Brian Quinn ~ent's year-end Monthly ccountability Report salt. Cti~neyP0~mdr. (MAR), overall crime in the city in 2013 decreased lUSt over 20 percent com- pared to 2012 numbers. Those figures rose 12.37 percent in 2014 with 606 total incidents, still be- Rick Campbell said the MAR is actually an "amal- gamation" of data from the FBI's UCR and the Na- tional Incident Based Re- porting System (NIBRS). In December 2006, Wash- "The numbers are go- ing to look a little dif- ferent," Campbell said in an email about MAR data. "Once Cheney files our NIBRS report with the state, it is converted by the state to UCR to continued from page 1 Dumpster sites will accept household gar- bage, construction debris and fencing, metals such as barbecues and bike frames. No furniture or appliances allowed. Cheney Federal Credit Union will be the site of the annual "Shred-Fest," providing free shredder services for personal documents from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a limit of three grocery bags of docu- ments per person. Les Schwab will be the location for residents to dispose of old tires and batteries from 9/~.m. to noon. Tires should not be mounted, but mount- ed tires will be accepted at a charge of $4 per passenger tire and $10 per truck tire. Disposal is limited to four tires per person. A new service of- fered this year is dispos- al of household hazard- ous waste such as such as paints, solvents, an- tifreeze, batteries, oils, transmission fluids and pool chemicals. Haz- ardous waste items can be dropped off at the Cheney Recycling Cen- ter, 100 Anderson Road, from 9 a.m. - noon. Residents can also drop off clean, sorted recyclables and clean, green yard waste at the center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is the eighth year of Cheney Clean Sweep. As many as 200 volunteers helped out at last year's event, and or- ganizers expect another good showing. Volun- teers who participate in the litter pickup will receive a free reusable tote bag with coupons and gifts from a number of local businesses that are sponsoring the Clean Sweep event, and a free lunch will be served at a celebration at noon at Veteran's Memorial Park. send to the FBI for their records." Campbell said MAR numbers would typi- cally be higher than FBI numbers since it looks at all calls of a particu- lar type. The UCR looks incident reports that are generated. "ValuePenguin looked only at "aggravated as- saults' and didn't look at 'simple assaults' and 'mutual combat," Camp- bell said. "Both would be indicated in the MAR as SNno k Pllln Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System insoecUon for home sale 'License #602872994 aSSvUlltS'ePenguiil study i iiiiiilCih~l~iell~$ChiiciDiiia!.iimiiiiiill co-author Quinn said they are in the process of conducting research and look to publish reports in every state. "Our hope is that these reports can high- light which cities and towns are doing an ex- ceptional job in provid-' ing their residents with a safe place to live," he said. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com, North Side Medical Lake 755.5437 624.1182 299.5171 Dr. gn~ce Toillion I D r. Chartes Toitlion I Dr. AnClnsLU GamDe~van Dr, Dauid Toittion Dr. Christ~oher Herzog Spokane~ Only Board Certified Pediatric Dental Group 235-2640