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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS I I Thursday, May 14, 2015 continued from page 1 the inspection process by such agencies as the Agriculture Department very in depth. Youngs nephew, Owen Youngs, who is overseeing much of the grow opera- tion, said they currently have 800 mari- juana plants in the indoor facility, and have plans to eventually reach their full capacity of 5,400 plants. Owen Youngs said that while the business is called heney Hydroponics, the marijuana brand they will be producing would be under the Pure Joy Family Farms label. "That's what you will see in stores," he added. "But we don't have anything plant- ed outside," Bill Youngs brother and co- owner, Chris, told the council, a joking reference to the fact that the extensive landscaping for the project has yet to be installed. Chris Youngs said that por- tion of the work should be in sometime over the next 30 days or so. Chris Youngs said they currently have four full time positions filled. Those positions are the more special- ized spots in the lab and other testing and development areas. Photo by John McCallum Cheney's water tower, pictured above looking south with Eastern Washington University's Morrison residence Hall just to the right behind the trees, not only will bethe site of a new wireless broadband tower, but could also be featured on the label of the product of the city's newest industry, Cheney Hydroponics' Pure Joy Family Farms marijuana. Both Chris and Owen Youngs said they expect to expand their work force to seven or eight positions through the hiring of part time employees. These employees will handle aspects of the op- eration that aren't as technical, but just as needed such as trimming, process- ing work in the kitchen and eventually helping with harvesting, which all three men expect to be a 24-hour operation. Owen Youngs added that Cheney would be represented on the product, as the branding label they are finalizing has images of the city's "skyline," which includes recognizable structures such as the water tower and Eastern Washing- ton University's Red Barn. In the only action item, the council approved a five-year contract with EcliptixNet Broadband, Inc. of Medi- cal Lake for installation of wireless equipment on the city'S water tower located off Oakland Street just north of Eastern's Streeter and Morrison residence halls. EcliptixNet will pay the city $4,560 annually in monthly install- ments of $380, totaling $22,800 over the contract's term. After five years the contract can be renewed for extended terms, with an- nual rent increasing by 15 percent per each extended term. The contract can be canceled for various default reasons, along with cancellation upon 12 months notice at the beginning of the second extended term. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 munity participation, as well how residents feel about the city, its services and pro- grams." The city conducted its second survey this past sum- mer and most residents rated the quality of life and city services as excellent or good. Citizens were also in favor of additional policing ser- vices and participating in online forums and neighbor- hood meetings. Staff and City Council developed their 2015-16 strategic goals, which include expanding and im- proving recreation services and providing citizens with convenient ways to partici- pate in decision making, from the feedback in the survey. "We used the data from the surveys to build a road- map for where we are going for the next two years," Tripp said. The surveys and focus on outreach is a shift from the city's previous methods. Before the survey, it's main method of public outreach consisted of holding public forums and expecting resi- dents to attend them. "We relied on the public to come to us," Tripp said. "It wasn't working and we determined that we needed to modify our methods and go to the public." connect with the city, includ- ing a feature called "Open Town Hall." "We relied on the public to come to us. It wasn't working and we determined that we needed to modify our methods and go to the public." Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp As for the next steps in improving public outreach, Tripp said the city will also increase its social media presence. The city's website is undergoing a redesign and will have ways for citizens to "The Open Town Hall is a forum that will allow resi- dents to provide additional feedback," Tripp said. "For folks who can't go to the council meetings, they can go on the website and give sug- gestions of what they would like to see." While he is honored that the city has been nominated as a finalist for the award, Tripp is also happy with how much feedback and partici- pation residents have given over the last few years. "It's most rewarding knowing that we are head- ing in the direction residents want us to go," Tripp said. The Voice of the People Awards will be given out at the ICMA's 101st Annual Conference in Seattle in Sep- tember. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 National Weather Service (NWS) issues a"Red Flag Warning." According to the NWS website, a Red Flag Warning - also known as Fire Weather Warnings - is issued to alert firefighting and land management agencies about the possible onset of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. "We're also waiting to see if the governor or the fire marshal will is- sue an emergency ban," Ross said. During the meeting, File photo While fireworks will still be sold in Medical Lake, there. is the possibility their discharge on July 4 could be banned in an emergency. Medical Lake Assistant Fire Chief Corey Stevens said he spoke with the Department of Emer- gency Management and confirmed a the city can shiitdown fireworks go- ing off in the city if the fire department receives a Red Flag Warning. Stevens added that the department spoke with the Department of Natural Resources and Colville National Forest regarding the possibility of a burn ban in the be- ginning of summer. "If temperatures re- main consistent, we're looking at going into a burn ban as early as June," Stevens said.. The city will still al- low the sale of fireworks within the city. The council approved a per- mit for a TNT Fireworks stand to operate in the Airway Heights patrol car damaged in accident By AL STOVER Staff Reporter At approximately 8:40 p.m., on May 5 an inatten- tive driver unintentionally hit an Airway Heights po- lice car in the parking lot of Northern Quest Casino. According to Sgt. Rob- ert Swan, the vehicle dam- aged the front passenger side of the patrol car. "He did about $2,100 worth of damage to our vehicle," Swan said. "He just wasn't paying at- tention. Accidents hap- pen." No drugs or alcohol were involved in the colli- sion. Swan confirmed that the Washington State Patrol investigated the collision. Swan confirmed that no one was injured in the accident. The driver was cited for driving with. a suspended license and not having proof of in- surance. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Denny's Harvest Foods parking lot from July 1-4. The Medical Lake Lion's Club is also expected to have a fireworks stand where the old Ball and Dodd Funeral Home used to be. The council discussed informing and educating residents if they decide to go forward with the emergency ban. They asked staff to create a brochure and send it out |ek Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale Drain cleaning Drain field installation to residents, explai~fiing-> what a Red Flag Warning is, as welI as the potential dangers of lighting fire- works within the city in dry weather. "We should do this so residents don't spend $100 on fireworks, not knowing they can't light them off in the city," Councilman Howard Jorgenson said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. TOMLINSON Pete Beccerelle 509-953-4598 USAF Retired I CAN HELP! www.petebaccarella.com