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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday May 14, 2015 NEWS n sl By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The filing period for individuals wishing to run for public office opened Monday, May 11, at the Spokane County Elections office, and with it the potential for a busy election season on the West Plains. Prospective candidates have until tomorrow, May 15, to file the paperwork and appropriate filing fee for the office they int md to seek. On the West Plains, there are 20 positions up for election between the city councils of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights along with the Cheney and Medical Lake school districts and the two local county fire districts. Cheney City Council positions up for election are Position 2 currently held by Doug Nixon, Position 5 held by Ryan Gaard, Position 6 held by Jill Weiszmarm and Position 7 held by Graeme Webster. Webster informed the Cheney Free Press after Tuesday night's council meeting that he did not intend to run for reelection, having held the seat for six years. In Medical Lake, Position I held by John Paikuli, Posi- tion 5 held by Howard Jorgenson, Position 6 held by Laura Parson and Position 7 held by Art Kulibert are all up for election. In Airway Heights, seats up for election are Posi- tion 3 held by Jack Collins, Position 5 held by Kevin Richey and Position 7 held by Dave Malet. All offices are non-partisan, four-year terms with the exception of Paikuli's, which is a two-year unexpired term and Gaard and Collins, which are a four-year short and full tenn. All three council members have replaced former members who resigned, Brenda Redell in Medical Lake, Bob Stockton in Cheney and Baron Williamson in Airway Heights. Cheney School District Board of positions up for election are 3 held by Henry Browne, 4 held by Rick Mount and Director 5 held by James Whiteley. In the Medical Lake School District, positions up for election are Director 2 held by Rod Von Lehe, Director 3 held by Felicia Jensen and Director 4 held by Ronald Cooper. Local fire districts with positions up for election are Spokane County Fire District 3 Commissioner Position 2, held by Ron McKinley and Fire District 10 Commissioner Position 2 held by Ken Pegg. Individuals wishing to file for these offices can do so until4p.m May15 atwww.spokanecounty.org/elections. You may also file in person at the county Elections Depart- ment, 1033 W. Gardner Ave. in Spokane. For more information, call the EleCtions Department at 477-2320. John McCallum can be reached at jnulc@cl xtgecpress. com. Cheney Fire D partm nt invites public to open house May 16 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney Fire Department Lt. Tim Steiner thinks the last time the department held an open house, the city's emergency medical services six-year levy was up for renewal. That would have been Aug. 7, 2012, and the levy passed with 80.74 percent of the vote. Regardless of when it was, the department is holding an- other open house this Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The public will get a chance to tour the station, see some demonstrations and check out the department's equipment, which in some cases has been upgraded since the last open house. Some of that gear is also new, such as the Rescue Task Force gear, or RTF. The equip- ment includes everything the File photo Cheney firefighter Jon Hanke, being sworn in above by Finance Director and City Clerk Cindy Neimeier before the council last August, will be one of several new firefighters the public will meet at Saturday's open house department will hopefully - bulletproof vests, helmets need should it have to respond and medical equipment. to an active shooter incident Cheney's department has taken part in active shooter training scenarios over the last several years at places like East- ern Washington University and Cheney Middle School, learn- ing to team with units from other area agencies that include not only the Cheney and EWU police departments, but differ- ent divisions from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol, Other upgraded equipment scheduled to be-on display is the department's new heart monitors, Life Pack 15, as well as upgraded confined space equipment. "Things the general public hasn't had a chance to get to look at, touch," Steiner said. There will also be new per- one year, while Hanke has been with tee department nine months. "And our resident (fire- fighter) pool is always rotat- ing," Steiner said. Steiner said they hope to have a hose out for the kids to do a little spraying. There will also be free hotdogs, fresh popcorn and beverages for everyone. "The citizens of Cheney have always shown tremen- dous support for the fire de- partment and we want to thank you for that," the department said in a news release. The open house is spon- sored by the Cheney Profes- sional Firefighters Local 1919 in conjunction with the Cheney sonnel for the public to meet, Volunteer Firefighters and the including firefighter Jon Hanke Cheney Fire Department. and paramedic Ben Walters. John McCallum can be reached Waiters has been with Cheney at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Medical Lake discusses law enforcement bill from Spokane County Sheriff's Office By AL STOVER bill the city the correct amount in 2014, mayor will be contacting the Sheriff's up around SR (State Route) 902," Ross Staff Reporter it can add the amount it didn't charge Office about the charge and other issues said. The Medical Lake City Council to the bill in the first four months of the regarding the contract. The council also approved a one- breezed through a quick agenda at its new year. Ross added that the Sheriff's "The contract allows the city to dis- year contract with Christine Matt to May 5 meeting. Office also settled its union contract, pute the charge,'1 Ross said. "We are teach yoga classes for the city's Parks Major John Higgins informed City "The deputies got an increase and in the process of sending a letter to the and Recreation Department until Feb- Council that the city received an in- the Sheriff's Office passed that on to the Sheriff's Office regarding the matter." ruary 2016. According to the contract, crease to the monthly bill from the city," Ross said. One of the action items council ap- Matt will provide the equipment for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office forMedical Lake began contracting proved was the yearly work services agree- instructional portion of the class and policing services, services with the Sheriff's Office in mentwiththeDepartmentofCorrections, will be reimbursed 80 percent of the City Administrator Ross explained2009 after its own police department RosssaidIX)Cprovidesl0crewmembersfees collected by the city based on full that the city's contract with the Sheriff's dissolved. It budgeted $862,500, for to perform community service. The cost for payment from participants. Office includes a "settle and adjust" this year's contract, $27,800 more than the work crew is $250 a day. A1 Stover can be reached at clause. If the Sheriff's Office did not last year. Ross added that he and the "You'll usually see them cleaningal@cheneyfreepress.com. unyon continued from page 1 Runyon was an experi- member of the Experimen- enced pilot who flew U.S. tal Aircraft Association. ley Fire Departrnent and the Air Force T-38 trainers, the Runyon's wife, Kar- Spokane County Sheriff's UH-1N helicopter for the en, was a math teacher at Office Dive Team were Search and Rescue unit at Cheney High School, and dispatched. 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