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[ Page 10 Free Press Thursday, April 23, 2015 illi Airway Heights still short about $1 million to buy mobile home parks By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The city of Airway Heights is slowly making progress acquiring two mobile home parks located on Lawson and Campbell Streets in the Fairchild Air Force Base Accident Potential Zone II (APZ), thearea beyond the clear zone of MOBILE HOM[ PARK a runway that is a risk for accidents. In an April 14 news release, the Washington State House of Represen- tatives passed a capital budget that includes around $94 million in various projects for Spokane County, including Photo by Al Stover setting aside $1.5 miUion toward Airway The Lawson Mobile Home Park is one of the two mobile home parks the city of Heights' APZ project. In the release, Airway Heights hopes to purchase to eventually reduce the density in the Fairchild Sixth District Rep. Kevin Parker said he Air Force Base Accident Potential Zone II (APZ). is pleased that the state is able to provide support for Fairchild Air Force Base. "Perhaps the greatest'thank you' we APZ to two units per acre and provide million would go toward purchasing can give to all those who have served is alternative housing choices for residents of the mobile home parks and $200,000 doing our part in furthering and protect- currently, living in that area. would be reserved for buying parcels of ing the mission of Fairchild Air Force Part of the density in the APZ wasland for alternative housing. Base and positioning it for the future," reduced in 2014 after Spokane County"We haven't heard anything offi- Parker said in the release, purchased and removed the Solar World cially, we are hoping we will hear some- In 2012, the city began its efforts to Apartment Complex. thing better for the end of the legislative reduce the residential density in the City Manager Albert Tripp said $1.3 session," Tripp said. Although the $1.5 million is a good start, it is still about $1 million short of what the city needs to purchase the mobile home parks. However, staff is looking at other options to close the funding gap. " Back in February, the City submitted requests to the state for funding two projects for the legislative session, one being the APZ project. The other proj- ect is a proposal to connect the Airway Heights Corrections Center to the city's reclaimed ware, system. The city would pump reclaimed water from its water reclamation plant to the corrections center for irrigation purposes. Although pumping reclaimed water reduces the money the city receives from the cor- rection center for utility rates, the con- nection frees up more potable water for future housing developments. According to Tripp, the state Set aside $709,000 for the DOC connection project. The city is proposing to allocate the money from the DOC project to the APZ project, if the state and the city are on board with it. "The city's priority is the APZ proj- ect, but we are hopeful that there is sufficient funding to do both projects," Tripp said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepresgcom. Airw Hei hts Prothman Compa By AL STOVER Tripp said the grant Staff Reporter would help pay for The Airway Heights filling and installing City Council breezed sidewalks on the north through a slim agenda side of Highway 2 and at its April 20 meeting. Deer Heights Road. The council ap- Residents in that area proved an agreement have voiced concerns between the city and of the lack of sidewalks Prothman Company alongthat section of the to help hire an interim highway. public works director "The grant would to help manage the de- help install 1,200 feet partment until the city of sidewalk that will fills the position with go from Village Centre a permanent replace- Cinemas to Washing- ment. City Manager A1- ton Trust Bank," Tripp bert Tripp said the in- said. terim replacement will Mayor Patrick Rush- make $70 per hour. ing, who is a member The council autho- of the SRTC's Policy rized the city to submit Board, said he would a grant application to help promote the the Spokane RegiOnal grant. Transportation Council The council ap- (SRTC) for its Trans- proved a resolution that portation Alternatives proclaims Friday April Program. The grant 24 as "Arbor Day" for total is $230,000 and the city. the city will pay 13.5 Parks, Recreation, percent in matching Community Services funds. Director J.C. Kennedy proves ny I explained that the city promotes Arbor Day to fill one of its require- ments for its Tree City USA status. Kennedy said the city will re- place some of the trees at Aspen Grove Park on April 25 for this year's Arbor Day. 'Last year the city planted over 50 trees in the park. "We lost some of the trees to vandalism and some to storm damage," Kennedy said. "Last year we planted more than we were required to. Usually when you plant trees, you'd lose about 10 percent after a year and we are well under that." Kennedy added that he would reach out to the city's Youth Advisory Commission to help with the tree planting. A l S tover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. Com. Photo by AI Stover Public Service Matters Diane Womack, Washington Federation of State Employees/American Federa- tion of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 28 executive board member, speaks during an April 18 "Public Service Matters" event in the Denny's Harvest Foods parking lot in Medical Lake. The event was staged to urge Legislature to fully fund state-employee contracts and give raises to workers. continued from page 1 erating dty vehicles or per- City Manager Albert forming his public duties as Tripp said staff and the County Sheriff's deputy is- Airway Heights mayor. City Council supported sued him citations for leav- Rushing explained Rushing and understood ing the scene of an accident that he did not disclose his decision on when to and following too close, the information to staff inform city0fficials. Shortly after the accident, or City Council because "We felt the accident Rushing resigned from his he believed the accident was a private matter," position as a bus driver for was a minor incident that Tripp said. the school district, happened while he was Rushing also believes Rushing was cleared of a Medical Lake School that a former political op- all citations after the insur- District employee and not ponent went public with ance company paid for the as the Airway Heights the information without damages to the other vehi- mayor, knowing the outcome, de and the driver decided "Since the matter was nor realizing the nega- not to pursue any further under litigation and did tive 'publicity it would legal action. During this not involve my position bring to the city. time, Rushing requested with the city, I decided to "I sincerely apologize the Airway Heights Po- wait to inform the court- for taking the actions that lice Department conduct cil," Rushing said."When I did that morning and a review of his driving the citations were dis- causing this issue to be- record, which Sgt. Robert missed, I believed that it come a distraction," Rush- Swan conduded was clean, was then a non-issue as ing said. The accident also does not my driving record and AI Stovercanbereachedat prevent Rushing from op- status is not affected." al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 Founder's Day, Medical that it brings to be able to Lake Pick N Roll bas-serve them." "It is sad when a corn- ketbaU tournament, and The clinic is the latest munity loses a small busi- Tennis-a-thon, as well business to close in Medi- ness," Petrucelly said. as partnering with local cal Lake in the last few "Not only did we con- organizations such as the months. Lindebee's Diner sider ourselves part of Friends for Children, Li- and the Wagon Wheel -the community, having ons Club and the middle Bar and Grill closed back heavily invested in the and high school for ser- in February. Cela's Cre- town of Medial Lake, we vice projects, ative Learning Center know that patient choice "We pride ourselvestemporarily closed its will be very limited with in giving quality, one-on- doors and currently is in our departure." one care with a personal the process of moving to In addition to serv-touch to our neighbors anew location on Lefevre ing residents, the clinic and friends," Petrucelly Street. was involved in the corn- said. "We will truly miss AI Stover can be reached munity, participating in Medical Lake and the joy at al@cheneyfreepress.com. II it ilii I1111i! ! r ll [ I I tl il | i+I{]lii +FE! I .......... i