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Thursday, September 27, 2012 Free Press Page 11 .~:.~. • Photo by John McCallum Court of dreams The first vestiges of Cheney's 50-acre park are beginning to take shape as a basketball court was constructed at the site this week. The court was built with grant funds that had to be used this year while crews installed drainage on the first phase of the park to be built out in 2013. continued from page 1 He stuck around, eventually working with Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield to create the Bonneville Environmental Foun- dation, which brought environ- mental groups, tribes and other groups together with utility leaders to work toward solu- tions to the disparities between power needs and environmental protection. Trulove said he hopes Taves' experience will help the city, which owns its own electric utility and buys most of its power from IBPA; As the city grows, it will begin to purchase Tier 2 power, which brings more options and challenges, tier 2 power can be purchased or generated from a variety of power producers, and Cheney's task will be to choose Photo by Becky Thomas John -raves, who had a 30-plus, year career with BPA, brings knowledge of electric utilities to the Cheney City Council. from one of many. Taves hopes he can help with that. "My interest-will be to help "This is the year to the city choose low-cost and en- vironmentally friendly power, see how it goes, just to whether it comes from Bonneville see if I can contribute or it comes from elsewhere," he said. "There's a lot to look at for the way I hope to." Cheney in the future." Cheney Councilman Bill Taves While Taves' expertise is in power, he said he has other in- terests as well. Trulove has asked focused on harvesting and can- him to sit on the city's utility and ning his many crops.. public safety committees, and While Taves is new to public Taves said he's also focused on office, he said he's looking for- maintaining good public infra- ward to it. The Position 3 council structure, parks and schools. He term ends at the close of 2013, has a vested interest, he said, and candidates must file in May since his two young grandsons of 2013. Taves said he has no in- live in Cheney .......... clination at this point ~hethe~ or Taves and his Wife moved not he will run for a full term. to Cheney to be close to their "This is the year to see how it daughter's family, and they en- goes, just to see if I can contribute joy being doting grandparents, the way I hope to," he said. Taves is also a dedicated home Becky Thomas can be reached at gardener and has recently been becky@chenevfreepress.com. Upgrades. continued from page t officers currently wear softarmor, ceive 10 months of tax revenues which covers handguns, but don't for 2.012. rently uses the older M26 model, have protection for higher threats. Cook said the city's revenue Newer models have more features Vests weigh around 40 pounds, from property taxes will increase and tend to be a bit more reliable and thus aren't meant for every- by $6,974, based on the I percent than their predecessors. The entire day wear. increase passed by voters. catalogue of Tasers would be re- Eight vests will be purchased, At the Oct. I meeting, council placed with the purchase, which each individually fit for each of- members will hear from Spokane comes in at $24,112, averaging ricer. Emergency Management's Tom $1,100 for each weapon. The City Council will hold Mattern regarding the organiza- "When one goes down, we a public hearing at its Monday, tion's annual emergency manage- have to buy a new one," Bennett Oct. 15 meeting regarding the ment planwith the city. This year, said of the department's current 2013 general expense fund. City the city's portion is $5,590, based model, clerk-treasurer Richard Cooksaid on the population in Airway Threat-level entry body ar- the fund is currently short about Heights. mor purchases will total $22,400, $55,000. The city is receiving more The work session marked the and protect officers against more property tax from its annexation second for the Airway Heights dangerous weapons. Bennett said earlier this year, but will only re- City Council, which looks to pass the second reading of an ordinance to formally set the new City Council meeting time at 5:30 p.m. and create the work session. Since its proposal, the work ses- sions have been labeled as special meetings. James Elk can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress.com. and to Buy Tickets Visit www.SpokaneMovies.com Showtimes in () are at bar,lain price. 9) Special Attraction - No Passes Showtimes Effective 9/28/f2-10]4/12 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge hosts work party Oct. 20 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and the Spo- Advance registration is requested. The refuge kane Audubon Society are hosting a community is also hosting a potluck following the planting. work party Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon Feel free to bring a favorite dish, but please contact at the refuge headquarters. In an ongoing effort to Sandy at 235-4723 and let her know how many will restore habitat participants will be planting native be coming. saplings and building fences to protect the trees from Long-sleeved shirt, work pants, sturdy boots or browsing wildlife, shoes and gloves are advisable work attire. INTERNET • CABLE TV. PHONE DAH5 COMMUNICATIONB, INC. 1630 First Street, Cheney, WA 99004 509.624.7129 • www.daviscomm.net ML crime continued from page 1 ~bout the case, specifically if it was a random act of violence, something that had some community members uneasy. "I can't go into details on that," Knezovich said. "This was definitely not random. It was targeted." Councilmembers also offered different views on the patrol fre- quency in town, ranging from not seeing them enough to seeing them on a regular basis. "We all know there's a certain segment of the population who will say they're not seeing anything," Knezovich said. "I've heard the reverse, too." He also asked if those were some of the same messages relayed to the city's Police Department a few years ago, before contracting with the county, Although contracting out services, Medical Lake still retains some special connection to its officers. It's one of the few cities where citizens can call a deputy directly with an on-duty number. In addition to the patrol officer, Medical Lake's SCOPE volunteers help the front desk in the police station, providing valuable support for detectives and other personnel. "SCOPE folks have stepped in and filled a huge void," Knezovich said. The City Council approved an interlocal agreement for emergency management services with Spokane Emergency Management Services, an entity which includes participation from a large number of cities in Spokane County. The cost of the contract is proportional to a city's population, bringing Medical Lake's contract to $4,413, based on a population of 4,910. The cil:y of Spokane had the highest annual cost, coming in at $187,929. Total overall operating costs for the services is budgeted at $424,794.72. Minor changes to the emergency services contract have taken place since last year, deputy director Tom Mattern said. Most were gram- matical in nature, and clarifying that the Spokane County Sheriff didn't have a vote on the policy board. With summer winding down, the sidewalk project along SR 904 near Stanley Street was nearing completion. The third and final solar-powered aerator is in place in Medical Lake. Now, the lake is completely powered by solar plants, helping to save the city some funds down the road. This year, results from oxygen tests in the lake have proven to show the lake is very healthy, although it will behave like any other body of water and turn over several times throughout the year. "The test numbers are better than they've ever been," Ross said James Elk can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress.com. Teleseminar on health coming Oct. 9 West Plains' residents havea free teleseminar and workshop, the opportunity to receive some Journaling for Health 101. The credible, scientific-based easy to teleseminar takes place Oct. 9 understand information from the from 7:30-8:30 p.m. CST. 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