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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, September 10, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 In the report, the city produced and purchased over 280 million gal- lons of water, and consumed over 270 million gallons. This is an increase from 2013 where it purchased and produced over 258.6 million gallons of water and consumed over 234 mil- lion gallons. Duncan said hot weather plays a factor in how much water the city produces and consumes. One statistic that went down was the total unaccounted water. There was 9.8 million gallons (3.5 percent) of water unaccounted for in 2014. This is, a decrease from 23.9 million gallons (9.25 percent) in 2013. Earlier this year, City Administra- tor Doug Ross explained that the city replaced old water meters with new ones to help monitor water loss. The city takes water from an un- derground aquifer via four wells. Medical Lake ahd Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) share three of these wells. The water pumped from these wells is blended through the city's distribution sys- tem. The city also has an intertie with the Four Lakes Water District 10. The city wholesales water to the Spokane Water District 10 via an in- tertie located at State Route 902 and Welcome Road. Duncan said with 2015 being a hot year the wells "are taxed" and the city has scaled back its water usage while asking residents and the school district to do the same. The city also adopted new water efficiency goals in June. The two main goals are to reduce annual consump- tion by 5 percent by 2021 and to have leakage of 10 percent or less. "Our water reduction efforts have helped and we've seen a decrease of water use in certain areas around the city," Duncan said. "Being good stewards of our water is kind of a big thing here." Al Stover can be reached at Photo by AL Stover Szprejdas selected for Garden of the Month The home of John and Rose Szprejda at 403 North Third St., has been rfam ed the September Yard of the Month by the Medical Lake Kiwanis Club and Gardeners of Cheney. The Szprejdas received a $25 gift certificate to Village Supply from Umpqua Bank. From left to right: John Szprejda; Sharry Cowan, Gardeners of Cheney and Dan Dorhorst, Medical Lake Kiwanis Club. continued from page 1 Boorman said partial service was restored after 24 hours, with full service back on line in 48 hours. He praised the efforts of all involved, not only Cheney and EWU crews but also crews from Da- vis Communication and CenturyTel, who teamed to help run about 2,500 feet of overhead cable to make the temporary restoration possible. City Administrator Mark Schuller also had praise for many of those involved, specifically continued from page 1 City Council Position 2 seat. Council did not discuss the future of the newly vacant position, which is up for election in November. Richey did not file for reelection for Position 2, stating at an earlier study ses- sion that he intended to take some time off from council and would pos- sibly run for mayor in 2017. "I hope over the next couple of years I can prove that I deserve this honor," Richey said after council's vote. "And I do see this (being~mayor) as an honor." In other business, council voted to con- mentioning Finance Di- rector Cindy Niemeier and her staff, Cheney Police Department's di- Boorman told council that he was scheduled to meet with EWU officials Thursday (Sept. 10) to de- "I wouldn't have any discomfort with having it up for a year." Lighting Director Steve Boorman rector of communications Cathy Munoz, along with Fire Chief Mike Winters and Boorman and their respective crews. "It was really a team effort to pull together and get through this thing," Schuller said. termine What a long term fix for the communication system might be. When asked by Councilman Chris Grover about the temporary fix, Boorman expressed confidence in its stability. "I wouldn't have any discomfort with having it up for a year," he said. In other staff reports, Public Works Director Todd Ableman said the city's water reservoirs are finally in good shape, helped somewhat by the rain that fell on the area Labor Day weekend, which he said he heard was around seven-tenths of an inch in Cheney. Res- ervoir levels are stable at 28.6 feet, as of Tuesday, and Ableman said the water restrictions im- posed over the summer could now be lifted, even with a forecast of hot tribute $5,000 to the Port Authority Strategic Business Plan. Greater Spokane Incorporated approached the city to help fund a study to see if a port district would be beneficial for Spo- kane County. Spokane County Commissioner A1 French also spoke to council about the port district at its Aug. 24 study session. Council voted to remove Dan Garcia from the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. J.C. Kennedy, Parks, Recreation and Com- munity Services di- rector, explained that Garcia was acting as a city representative and authorizing the use of city property without Contributed photo by city of Airway Heights Councilman Kevin Richey decided not to run for reelec- tion with the idea of running for mayor in 2017, but was appointed mayor by the City Council Tuesday night. staff's knowledge or Al Stover can be reached approval, at weather returning later this week. In the agenda's only action item, council ap- proved the release of an easement over a portion of Fern Street between First and Second streets. An April 1961 ordinance vacated that portion of the street, but under sec- tion two the city retained a perpetual easement over the 60-foot portion of the street. The owner of the northeastern half of the vacated portion of Fern has asked the city to re- lease the easement for 30 feet of that northeastern half. Ableman told the council the city has a wa- ter main running under the southwestern portion of the street, but no cur- rent utilities under the northeastern portion. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke AIRWAY HEIGHTS DENTAL CENTER Military families welcome, inviting , ,, new patients, sedation provided, ~ experienced providers and staff,t ~~:~~2~'~: ~Y~ ~ ' * ~ ~ ~ ~ Heights, ~'~ ~:" ~ P.O. Box 1570 .. ~ 13326 West Sunset Hwy.- ~ Airway WA 99001 509-244-3655 Fax: 509-244-9527 continued from page 1 Obama and his wife Mi- chelle to "monkeys." "This wasn't like the incident with the mayor where it targeted one person," Bennett said. "I think Councilman Malet was trying to share that we could all get along. I told him it was offensive and asked i him to take it down. He obliged." Malet released a per- sonal statement, Sept. 4, apologizing for sharing the post and not us- ing "good judgement" when he shared it. "I think as an elected official I should use bet- ter thought and judge- ment in my activities," Malet wrote. "I will strive to do that in the future. This post does not reflect the thoughts of ~he city or the council and I take full respon- sibility for it and have deleted it from my'time- line." In the release, staff declared that it does not "condone inappropriate statements including racial words, photo- graphs, or any other media that could be construed as harmful to any race, gender and belief system." Al Stover can be reached at Benefits Northwesl Woun