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NEWS Thursday, July 9, 2015 continued from page 1 discussed ways to curb to once again meet with will work with the Park the issue in the future. Fire District 10 to discuss Board and the senior fighters faced in respond- Mayor Patrick Rushingoptions for cooperative and youth advisory ing to incidents was the suggested a tax on the fire services, commissions to gather lack of access to roads sale of fireworks to help In other action items, feedback from residents for vehicles because peo- pay for firefighters and council approved an on where they would pie were blocking them. police officers who work amendment to the 2015- like to see the facility Another issue was non- on July 4. 16 priorities the city ad- constructed. residents coming into Police Chief Lee Ben- opted this year, specifi- Finally, council ap- Airway Heights to set off nett suggested the city cally the goal relating to proved another amend- fireworks, start educating resi-enhancing public safety ment to the Public Works "I had contact withdents on the danger of services. The amendment Director job description, many people who were City Manager Albert from outside of the city," nI had contact with many people Tripp said this amend- Metzger said. ment updates the nature Metzger commended who were from outside of the city." of work performed by the Parks and Recreation Airway Heights Fire Chief MiLch Metzger the public works direc- and Public Works de- tar, as well as their role partments, as well as in supervising, hiring residents for cleaning up fireworks beginning in removed the objectiveand firing public works the mess left from the May. that asks voters to ap- employees. fireworks. In other fire-related prove the EMS levy thatHe added that the Airway Heights cur-matters, the council ap- will be. on the Nov. 3 city will advertise for the rently allows fireworks proved the Fire Depart- ballot, position this week and to be set off only on ment's annualinspectionCouncil also autho-interview the first group public property. Deputy policy. According to the rized the governmental of candidates, July 23. Mayor Kevin Richey policy, the department building committee to "We should have noted that past Fourth will conduct inspections begin the public out-someone come on board of July celebrations were for commercial busi- reach process regarding in about a month," Tripp not as hazardous as this nesses at random times, research of the construc- said. year's. They also authorized the Lion of a recreational Al Stover can be reached Staff and council public safety committee facility. The committee at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 responded to the location on the 6800 block of South Thomas Mallen just before 9 p.m., along with the county's explosives disposal unit. After securing the area, SCSO spokesman Dep. Mark Gregory said the disposal unit approached the device and eventually "disrupted" it - the tech- nical term for detonations - around midnight. "The boom was so stinking loud, I couldn't believe it," Grimmett said. Gregory was reluctant to go into too much detail on what the device was so as not to "give people ideas." "Officially, it looked like somebody was messing around with fireworks, experimenting, trying to make something bigger," he said. Gregory stressed that not only are fireworks illegal in the county, but that the fire danger remains very high, and anything that could kindle a blaze should be avoided. Grimmett also noted that there had been a small fire, which was quickly extinguished, near the site about four days prior. Gregory praised Grimmett on how she dealt with the discovery. "She did the right thing," he said. "Call and report, but don't mess with it." John McCallum can be reached at ymac@cheneyfreepress.com. 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