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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 7, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 algae and aquatic invertebrate and has been granted a tolerance exemption by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Once it touches the leaves, it travels down to the roots. From there the weed will die in place and drop to the bottom. Efforts to treat the milfoil began in 2005. As property owners applied for permits to treat the lake with chemicals, residents on the northern end of the lake voiced their concerns about the effect that herbicide - specifically "2,4-D" a toxic and selective herbicide -- would have on the lake, which is a source of drinking water for many residents and used for swimming. They were also ask- ing to consider using other herbicides and manmade methods of treating the milfoil. Property owners on bothsides went through several meetings. During this time, Ecology presented Clearcast, a more expensive, but a more environ- mentally safe alternative to 2,4-D. "We agreed that Clearcast was the safer option," Brusicia said: Sonya Marlton is one of the property owners on the north side of the lake who attended the negotiations. "We recognized that Clearcast is the better alterna- tive," Marlton said. "I'm not saying it's the best answer, but it's a better alternative." Bruscia ex- plained that the permit only allows the lake to be treated in July. He hopes it can be modi- fied to allow treatment in the spring. "If treatment is in the spring the herbicide will be more effective," Brus- cia said. Dr. Tom Wimpy, who will be ap- plying the herbicide to the lake, plans to spray in mid-to-late July. He will "We have no illusions that all of the weeds will be completely eliminated after the first appli- cation. Hopefully people will see the success of this and jump on the bandwagon." contact property owners and ask how much of their waterfront they would want to be "It will cost $1,705 per acre." Wimpy said. "A quarter of an acre would range around $260. [ realize there's lot variation when it comes to how much waterfront you have." On the day he plans to apply Clearcast, Wimpy will also place signs on the northern and southern borders of the lake that ask people not to swim or boat on the water. The permit only allows for two treatments of Clearcast for two years and residents will have to wait 2-4 weeks to see how effective it is. During this time, Marlton and other property owners will conduct lab testing to monitor the effects the herbicide has on the lake as well make sure Wimpy is putting the appropriate amount of concentration of Clearcast into the lake. "We're making sure there will be no adverse effects from the herbicide," Marlton said. If Clearcast is not effective against the milfoil after the two treatments, property owners have the option of treating the lake with 2,4-D. If that happens, Marlton said Ecology would provide property owners with potable drinking wa- ter during the treatments. Bruscia said the application of Clearcast is the first step in treating the milfoil. "This is Bruce Bruscia, member of the Associated not the be Silver Lake Owners all, end all," Bruscia said. "We have no illusions that all of the weeds will be completely eliminated after the first application. Hopefully people will see the success of this and jump on the bandwagon." AI Stover can be reached at continued from page 1 when 10 percent for con- tingencies is factored in, but the amount budget- ed was $300,000. Public Works Director Todd Ableman explained in an email that the 50 Acre Park improve- ments would be paid for through park mitigation and real estate excise tax funds. The projects are scheduled to start the week of May 11 with a 35-day work schedule that should have them completed by June 29. Council also autho- rized the Light Depart- ment to declare its former 1999 Ford Aerial Double Bucket Truck as sur- plus, along with its 1947 American Pole Trailer, a Red Line conveyer and a Green Mountain Screen. Light Department Di- rector Joe Noland said he had talked to several auctioneers about the possibility of auctioning nialbudget and without a the truck, and was told state transportation plan. the market was"soft" for Trulove said it seemed such purchases, the Legislature didn't Instead, Noland pro- have a lot of "kindness" posed the city bypass the for the revenue predica- 8 - 10 percent in auction- ment small cities such ing fees and place the as Cheney were finding truck on the bid market, themselves in via the establishing a minimum lack of not receiving sup- price of $11,000. The posed shared revenue other three items will from the state such as also be bid with amounts for liquor and marijuana not exceeding $5,000 per sales. item. Trulove noted that In information items, sales tax revenue in Finance Director Cindy Cheney was down 9.89 Niemeier presented the percent in April and 7.15 council with a plaque percent year to date for the city had received for 2015. He contrasted that the certification on its by pointing out sales tax investment policy from revenue for other local the Washington Public taxing authorities such Treasurers Association. as Spokane Transit Au- Niemeier credited the thority and the city of certification to the work Spokane Valley was up. of city Treasury Manager "We're going in the Laurie Hale. wrong direction," Tru- In reports, Mayor love said. Tom Trulove noted that J o h n M c C a I - the Legislature is now lure can be reached at headed into a special ses- jmac@cheneyfreepress. sion without a state bien- com. i~ma~ lit ? Kiwanis Photo by Al'Stover Hoffman named Cheney's Yard of the Month The Gardeners of Cheney and the Kiwanis Club has selected the yard of Christie Hoffman, 213 N, Third St., as the May Yard of the Month. Hoffman will receive a $25 gift certificate for gardening supplies from Jarms Hardware. From left to right: Paige Cushman, Finn Cushman, Gardeners of Cheney representative Betty Ray, Chdstie Hoffman and Kiwanis representative Pat Isbell. continued from page 1 sharing of system also two agencies entered into allows Airway Heights an agreement. IT crew is helping main- to keep track of offenders "Even though we rain the department's cur- who continue to give us helped the county and rent record management trouble." . they've helped us, thecon- system until it purchases Liberty Lake Police tract became a necessity," a new one. Chief Brian Asmus said Bennett said. "It came up Spillman Technolo- his department is also because of the increase in gies is the leading source partnering with the county calls. City Manager Albert of law enforcement and and the dty of Spokane for Tripp and I talked about public safety software, a new records manage- it and we thought a con- providing products, train- ment system, tract with the county was ing, support, and services, "It's financially feasible fair." according to its website, for us," Asmus said. "It's Bennett added that Bennett explained that also more effective sharing the collaboration between purchasing a new system of records, the two departments over fromSpillmanwiUcostthe All cities and the the years has been a good city $250,000. county will have access to one. According to BennettAt the system as opposed to "We couldn't ask for a better service and partner- ship," Bennett said. Al Stover can be reached at will cost $26,000 to initially separate silos." partner with the Sheriff's The Airway Heights Office. The city will pay Police Department cur- $4,000 per year to help pay rently has a contract with for maintenance, the county for dispatch "It saves the depart-and other services. Ac- ment a lot of money as cording to Bennett, Air- opposed to if we had gone way Heights hasalways tern," Bennett said. "The free of charge. In 2006, the Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL Military families welcome, inviting new patients, sedation provided, experienced providers and staff! CENTER P.O. Box 1570 13326 West Sunset Hwy. Airway Heights, WA 99001 509-244-3655 Fax: 509-244.9527 Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired I CAN HELP! e PRo AIRWAY HEIGHTS 10 Screens? 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