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10 IcHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, July 2, 2015 NEWS Med cal Lake asks li fi By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The city of Medical Lake is requesting residents refrain from using fireworks on the Fourth of July. Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield explained that the city is not forcibly banning fireworks but rather asking residents to "voluntarily ban" them. This volunteer ban is a result of the recent drought conditions, hot temperatures and potential threat of wildfires. "We've already had lots of fires this year," May- field said. "The prudent thing would be for residents not to set off fireworks." The City Council voiced similar concerns and had discussed an emergency fireworks ban at its May 5 meeting. Residents have also appeared at recent council meetings and asked the council and their fel- low community members to take caution when using fireworks. Medical Lake, along with Airway Heights, currently allows fireworks to be set off on private property within city limits. There are three fireworks stands permitted in Medical Lake this year, however the city cannot legally ban mer- chants from selling them, It had discussed banning fire- works before with residents taking both sides of the matter. Mayfield said the Fire Department conducts community surveys with many residents in favor of fireworks. The ban on fireworks is Medical Lake's latest steps in trying to prevent fires. It recently imposed a restric- tion on unauthorized recreational fires - including campfires, fire bowls and fire pits - and open burning until further notice. The burn ban does not prevent owners from using manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues or patio warmers. In the past, the city has had some problems with people lighting off fireworks, mostly with nonresi- dents coming into the city and setting them off in parks and business parking lots. Mayfield said part of the Fire Department's prepaJ ration for July 4 is being "as staffed as they can." They will also conduct patrols with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and monitor the area. "Most years we don't have a lot of issues, but the potential is there for big problems for this year," Mayfield said. "We're going to do our best to jump on any problems as quick as possible." Fireworks that are legal for people to use in Wash- ington include cylindrical and cone fountains, smoke devices, roman candles, parachutes, wheel, ground spinners, reloadable mortars, novelties, dipped sticks and sparklers. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets and missiles and illegal explosive devices. "If you are going to light off fireworks, we ask that you do it on hard surfaces and have water on hand to stop fires if they start," Mayfield said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Airway Height looks at new logo, residents for feedback By AL STOVER a marketing firm, the city as well as the expansion viewitassingularinnature a silhouette of a family housing and park space. Staff Reporter designed a new logo ear- of aerospace industry in and that it only focuses on standing on a path leading Residents will have Airway Heights is lier this year. Its design the area. aviation," Tripp said. "It's to ahousing development until July 10 to comment looking at making some features the city's name The city went to resi-been mixed, but also well with a tree, a sunrise and a on the new logo. cosmetic changes in hopes in blue letters with an dents for feedbackonthe thought out, whichweare jet in the background. Once the public com- of enhancing its economic airplane flying above it. new logo. City Managerglad to see." Tripp said many resi- ment period is over, the development, one being The airplane represents Albert Tripp said the re- The city's current dents view the current feedback will be brought the recent update to its Airway Heights' close sponse from residents has logo was adopted by City logo as "more inclusive" to City Council for further website. Another is a new proximity to Spokane In- been mixed. Council in 2005 to coin- and shows the positive direction. city logo. ternational Airport and "Several people like cide with Airway Heights' aspects of the commu-Al Stover can be reached In collaboration with Fairchild Air Force Base, the new logo while others 50th anniversary. It shows nity, such as the growthin at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 "My excitement for that it would enhance the STEP project is now tribal service programs culturalcenterandapolice dou,bled knowing thatand not be detrimental to and fire station. Financial it will be anchored by a the area, including near- agreements for the deal nationally-recognizedby Fairchild Air Force were not disclosed in the brand," Peone said. Base. Before building can news release. This is the latest devel- begin, Inslee must concur Tribal Chairman opment for STEP. Earlier with Interior's analysis. Rudy Peone said the Spo- this month, Kevin Wash- His office is currently kane Tribe is proud to be burn, assistant secretary reviewing the letter. working with HRHH IP, for the Department of the The Hard Rock Hotel LLC as it will provide a Interior's Bureau of Indi- and Casino is one of the unique experience in din- an Affairs, wrote a letter most recognizable names ing, retail and entertain- to Gov. Jay Inslee, sup- and brands worldwide ment for the area. porting STEP and saying and are premier enter- continued from page 1 telemetry data, between Jtme 4-5 and june 8-9 the the past two years has led levels in the reservoirs due not only to extensive to that season beginning plunged from just below hot weather but also a earlier, with all eight wells 24 feet to about 16.5 feet. major thunderstorm that up and pumping at their For about the next six days knocked out power to two 2,220 gaUon per minute ca- the levels stayed between ofthecity'swells, reducing pacify on May 1, Cheney's peaks of 18 feet and val- pumping capabilities for water resource manager, leys of 15-16 feet as usage 15 hours Aug. 2-3. The city Dan Ferguson, said. fluctuated, also had a third well off line The city did encounter Around June 16, the city for rehabilitation work. an issue when Well 8, after was hit again, one of which "We were seeing three being shutdown for two Ferguson said was the fill- feet of drop and two feet of months for cleaning and ing of the city' s swimming gain,'Fergusonsaidoflast Aqua Freed CO2 treat- pool for its June 18 open- week's decline. "What it ments, went back on line in ing day. Reservoir levels camedowntowaswewere late April. The reintroduc- dropped from around 17 putting out l0 petrent more tion created turbulence in feet to about 12 feet, but than we could pump. And, the system and required rose to a 16.47-foot peak we were already trending the city to use about i mil- by June 21. down. It just became too lion gallons of water to But with news of very much for us to sustain." flush it out. hot weather approach- At 11 feet the city's "We get a 10t of sedi- ing, with temperatures distribution system is im- ment in the system," Fergu- ranging into the high-90s pacted, affecting not only son said. "It's just a natural and even triple digits, city drinking and irrigation condition." water users upped their it- but firefighting abilities as But by May 31, all of rigation practices to fortify pressure is reduced below Cheney's four active res- their lawns. And the reser- state regulations. Friday, ervoirs, holding over 4 voir levels plunged again, June 27, city officials in- million gallons, were at reaching a low of around stituted severe water re- capacity.Shortly thereafter, 10 feet sometime between strictions, with staff going the system began taking June 25 and June 26. door-to-door handing out hits. The last time levels flyers containing water According to the city's were that low was last use instructions, manag- tainment destinations, built a casino and restau- nity where they operate a According to its website, rant in Sioux City, Iowa. facility. the franchise has over Peone said he spoke to "We are willing to 192 locations, which in- Sioux City Mayor Bob work with any commu- clude restaurants, hotels, Scott about working with nity group or business casinos and live music the franchise, that wants to work with venues, in 60 countries. "He had nothing butus and Hard Rock does If Inslee approves the good things to say about that," Peone said. "When project and a Hard Rock their relationship," Peone you work closely with the Cafe and Casino gets said. community as they do, it constructed in Airway Peone said one of the creates a sense of com- Heights, it would be the factors in choosing to munity ownership/' franchise's first facility in partner with Hard Rock Al Stover can be reached Spokane County. was the franchise's ability at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Hard Rock recently to work with the commu- mercialusers, hoJr some cases didr ;t heed: C ty's City Administrator requests and cut off irriga- Mark Schuller said resi- tion. dents, who were already "Even as late as this being asked voluntarily morning (Monday), some to limit their water us- were still sprinkling," Tru- age, responded well to the love said. Situation. Reservoir levels While the immediate began to climb sharply crisis is passed, officials and steadily, faster than caution that with more expected, hot weather forecast over By Monday, June 29,the next few weeks, and reservoirs were at 21.18 drought conditions likely. feet and as of press time to prevail through the sum- Tuesday, Ferguson. said mer, water conservation they were at 27 feet. Once measures are still needed in reservoirs hit 29 feet, the order to avoid any sudden restrictions will be lifted big hit to the system caus- and regular water usage ing a repeat of last week's once again allowed, water crisis. Cheney Mayor Tom "It's going to be a stay Trulove also had high tuned situation," Ferguson praise for residents. What said. irritated him most during J 0 h n M c C a l - thecrisiswastheresponse lum can be reached at of some of the bigger, com- jmac@chencndfree ss.com. 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