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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October22,2015 L9 Avi moving t energy efficient SPOKANE - A new light will be shin- ing in Avista's Washington and Idaho service area as the company replaces nearly 30,000 company-owned street- lights with energy efficient LED lights over five years. According to a company news release, Avista is on track to upgrade 3,000 of its streetlights in Washington by the end of 2015 and expects to launch the program in Idaho in 2016. As current high pressure sodium (HIX3) streetlights burn out, they will be replaced with LED technology that uses about 50 percent less energy than traditional HPS while lasting 2-3 times longer. Avista-owned area lights and decorative streetlights are not included in the program at this time. "When Avista completes the transition to LED technology for company-owned streetlights, the energy savings are ex- pected to be enough each night to power about 2,300 homes. The energy savings will help Avista balance its load growth, while also providing savings through re- duced maintenance, equipment, material and other costs associated with continued use of 1980s-era high pressure sodium lights," Don Kopczynski, Avista's vice president of energy delivery, said in a news release. In addition to Avista's planned street- light change out project, the company is also participating in the Relight Washing- ton program which was recently launched by Washington state's Transportation t etlight Improvement Board (TIB). Through the Relight Washington program, funding zs provided directly to small cities own- mg their own streetlights, helping them convert to LED lights and benefit from the energy saving technology. As part of the program, Avista will help administer a portion of the $6 mil- lion in statewide TIB grants that will help qualifying small cities using Avista- owned streetlights benefit from LED technology. continued from page 1 Superior Court, and lists youth activities through her church, the Mat Maul- ers Wrestling Club and West Plains Little League among her community involvement, along with other organizations in- cluding Re*Imagine Medi- cal Lake. Both candidates an- swered three questions posed to them by the Cheney Free Press. How do you feel about the business climate in Medical Lake? Do you think it needs to change? What can the council do in this regards? Kennedy -- I feel that the business climate in Medical Lake is poor. I try to shop locally as much as possible. However, most retail customers need an incentive to shop locallv. The main draw- ing point is "last minute" convenience. Most of us travel into Spokane often, so we commonly wait to pick up what we need at a location where there is better selection and prices. Governmental en- tities could do a better job at removing the impedi- ments experienced by the small business owner. Roberts - Small business stability is es- sential for a community to thrive. The current business climate in Medi- cal Lake could be de- scribed as; partly cloudy with a good chance of sunshine beyond the clouds. With dedicated local consumers and government support our businesses currently founded in Medical Lake can succeed and grow and new small businesses can be established. Our City Council has Don Kennedy a responsibility to its citi- zens and business owners to provide stable services that are fiscally sound but can meet and evolve with the needs of our growing community. Do you feel satisfied with the service the Spo- kane County Sheriff's Office is providing in law enforcement in the city or would you like to seek alternatives? Why? Roberts - Public Safe- ty as a whole is always of the utmost importance. It Jessica Roberts is the obligation of the City Council to make sure that our communitv is be- ing provided the best ser- vices available within our budgetary means. I look forward to being actively involved in the evaluation process and the need vs. cost analysis of our public safety departments both Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS. I will advo- cate for change where it's necessary and consider ALL options available to ensure that we are meet- ing our fiscal responsi- bilities while balancing the needs of our growing community. Kennedy -- The Sher- iff's Department seems to be doing an adequate job. When we need them, they are here. Although their presence within the city is not as noticeable as when we had our own police department. How do you feel about local citizen's efforts in revitalizing Medical Lake? Kennedy - Efforts by the citizen's to improve Medical Lake is a very good thing. Provided they get "buy-in" from the general population and that their efforts do not infringe upon the rights of others. Roberts - Citizen effort to establish and promote the revitaliza- tion of Medical Lake is a key component to Medical Lake's future. Local groups such as Re*Imagine Medical Lake capture the com- munity spirit, vision and dedication to restoring small business stability and community growth while respecting Medical Lake's rich historv. Citi- zen groups have the abil- ity to tap into financial re- sources and partnerships that government entities have limited access to. Citizen voices and ideas need to be valued and encouraged. Our commu- nity's growth potential is dependent on the seeds we plant today. Neither candidate is listed on the state's Public Disclosure Commission's website for campaign contributions. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheney_.freepress.corn. zone continued from page 1 bilities, but "substantial interest in residential use." Development Services Director Derrick Braaten told the commission the t~vo parcels wouldn't conflict wihh Fairchild Air Force Base zoning issues as they both were outside the ]LUS/APZ zone and the 65-decibel contours. "Barely outside, but it is outside," Braaten said. Braaten said the re- zone request was a rea- sonable one, given a lack of multifamily housing in the city. The recently completed Copper Land- ing development is open and almost full, and the city is currently running at about a 97 percent occupancy rate for mul- tifamily, Braaten added the St. Anne's Catl ol c Chruch 708 E. Lake St, Medical Lake " Hall6ween Evening 6:30 - 8:OOpm Trick or Treating in a safe environment I You're Invited to Park I I Your Car, Decorate YourI I Trunk & Pass Out Candyl | To Trick-or-Treaters | | To Reserve a Spot, II "If it changes a color on the map, it's a comp plan change. If it's a shape change, it's not comp plan." Development Services Director Derrick Braaten parcels are fully serviced by utilities, and in fact have access to a reclaimed water transmission pipe running along Russell Street from the city's wa- ter reclamation plant. The commission's decision was merely to advance the Lee's request to the planning process, which includes public notification and an up- coming public hearing before heading to City Council for final approv- al. Braaten said it was the only comprehensive plan change requested this year. "If it changes a color on the map, it's a comp plan change," Braaten said. "If it's a shape change, it's not comp plan." Later in the meet- ing, the commissioners approved a resolution recommending the City Council approve the 2015 Comprehensive Plan TOMLINSON Pete Baccarella 509-953-4598 USAF Retired BUY or SELL? Amendment Docket as presented with the re- zone request. The commission also approved a resolution that asks the City Council to "actively engage" in re- cruiting more community members to serve on the commission, and create a planning commission candidates list. Braaten said the request came forward a couple council meetings ago, and since then several candidates have been identified, See for yourself why people love Affinity. Open House, Chili Cook Off 3:00-5:30pm Tour and enter to win a set of movie tickets. All are welcome to join us. with one, James F. "Son- ny" Weathers, appointed at the council's Oct. 19 meeting and another "in the wings." Commissioner Mat- thew Pederson noted new Mayor Kevin Richey has been very active in re- cruiting people for the commission and was ap- preciative of his efforts. Pederson added there are good, qualified people in the community capable of serving. "Sometimes, people need to be asked," he added. John McCal - lum can be reached at S EVERYONE'S Cheney Free Press, 1616 W. First Street Come see the inner workings of your local and IR~ml / enter to win drawings and prizes. pop and chips will be served. Cheney INVITED