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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS I I Thursday, October 29, 2015 sition continued from page 1 stories, Collins said another priority is the city's budget. In 2013 Collins said there were several taxes he wanted to look at, but didn't specify which, and that the best way to produce revenue was to make the city's business climate more welcoming. At the Au- gust 2014 meet- ing, Collins said Jack Collins he wanted to engage younger residents in the city through the use of social media. "If anyone wants to have a dis- cussion with me, I'm very open," he added. Recently retired from the military where he was in aircraft maintenance, Bowman has been stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base the past 13 years, build- ing a home in Airway Heights over seven years ago. Bowman said the red- son for moving to Airway Heights was to be closer to the base as well as Eastern WashingtonUniversity, but also for a reason that goes back to his roots in the small, Northern California town of Olivehurst, located just southeast of Yuba City, north of Sacramento. "I'm drawn to small towns," Bow- man said in an Oct. 26 interview. According to information from the 2015 Voters' Guide, Bowman has professional experience as a quality as- surance director, anti-terrorism officer, emergency response and recovery team manager and several other positions. He has associate degrees in instruction of technology and military science along with aviation maintenance technology, a bachelor's in accounting and is cur- rently working towards his masters in business administration marketing and accounting. Bowman said he is applying to at- tend Gonzaga University to finish his MBA along with receiving a juris doc- torate. He volunteers with a number of organizations including as a youth sports coach, something he sees as vi- tally important to communities through the lens of his experiences in Olivehurst. Raised by his grandmother while his parents worked in can- neries around Yuba City, Bow- man said he Larry Bowman was taught at. an early age the Importance of getting to know people and working together. These are traits he believes are important, including in public service where he might not nec- essarily agree with people on issues. "As a community, we can make a de- cision," Bowman said. "It's not just one person who sits on the top and makes a decision. We all can do it." Bowman has served on the Planning Commission as chair, and he said it's been an educational experience. The commis- sion is one of the first "voices" of the com- mtmity when it comes to land use issues. Bowman said the city needs to ex- pand, and while that might not necessar- ily mean physically as Airway Heights has limited space, that expansion will bring not only new responsibilities but also new resources and opportunities. Bowman said he understands longtime residents might be "frightened" by the prospects of expansion, but feels it's important to find a way to bridge that gap so all views are heard and under- stood and that growth is accounted for in the budget. A registered member of the Choctaw Tribe, Bowman is in favor of the Spo- kane Tribe's Economic Project (STEP), but sees it more than just a casino. He views the project as bringing more business to the community, both new and existing. Bowman is in favor of the proposed Highway 2 renovation project, envision- ing the main thoroughfare through the city lined with trees, landscaping and inviting businesses that make travelers want to stop and spend money. "I just want to help the community," Bowman said of his reason for running for council. "I just want a bigger voice in the community." John McCalIum can be reached ncil continuedfrom page 1 the caseloads of courts ers Nov. 3, the EMS levy public defenders, would assess 25 cents per Schwartz said. "We want- In other items, the$1,000 of assessed prop- ed it crystal clear that council held a publicerty values in the city. these cannot exist in the hearing on the annualThe council approved city of Airway Heights." 1 percent property tax setting the first reading The council also increase normally ad-of the annual 1 percent unanimously approved opted by taxing jurisdic- property tax increase or- o r d in a nc e C- 8 6 3 tions such as Airway dinance for its Nov. 2 amending the public Heights. Clerk Treasurer regular meeting. defender standards un- Amy Wiedrich said the The council also held der chapter 2 to incor- amount could change a public hearing to take porate a state-required depending upon the pas- testimony on require- case weighting system, sage of the Emergencyments for upcoming The system assigns dif- Medical Service levy, but projects the city could ferent values to various is calculated to be $10,285 apply for under the Com- court actions for theasofOct. 19. munity Development purpose of tracking If approved by vot-Block Grant program. No Contributed photo by I.C. Kennedy/City of .4irway Heights First business Nominated by city staff and community members, Motion Auto Supply was named the first receipient of the Airway Heights Community Excellence Award. Receiving the award from Councilman and Deputy Mayor Steve Lawrence (left) at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting is Motion Auto president Tim Trud- nowski. Motion Auto has sponsored a number of events in the community including the popular summer outdoor movie series in Sunset Park. citizens were present to provide testimony The council added an- other individual to the citys planning commission by approval the appoint- ment of James F. "Sonny" Weathers to Position 1. A resident of Airway Heights for about five years, Weath- ers has served with a num- ber of volunteer organiza- tions and has a minor in urban planning. His selection brings the commission up to its full compliment of five members, although this will be short-lived. One member, Aspen Montele- one in Posftion 2, is step- ping down in January as she is running unop- posed for a City Council seat while commission ch'air, L ry Bowman, is also running for council against incumbent Jack Collins in Position 5. Furthermore, the Po- well over half had either sition 3 and Position 5 been completed or were seats, held by Matthew well on their way. Trip10 Pederson and Kal Patel, directed the council's expire Jan. 31, 2016 and attention to the one will either need to be area the city is behind reappointed or filled, in, public safety, and The Planning Commis- noted the city hopes to sion must have at least be able to hire one full- three members in order time equivalent patrol to function, officer in 2016 to meet City Manager Albertthis need. Tripp provided council J o h n M c C a l - with an overview of lum can be reached at the city's 2015 - 2016 jmac@cheneyfreepress. strategic goals, of which com. "HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS Improve Physical Fitness & Confidence ENROLLING NOW! Fall classes start September 9. School Horses Available ARIA Certified Instructor Call Now to.Enroll , For more information: www.relational RELATIONAL RIDING ACADEMY 3714 W. 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