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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 3, 2015 NEWS FROM STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES Statewide, local taxable AH council to consider retail sales increase I p,annlng appolmmem According to a state Department of Labor and In- The Airway Heights City Council unanimously dustries Nov. 9 news release, the state's taxable retail agreed at its Nov. 23 study session to move the Plan- sales increased 9.4 percent in the second quarter (April ning Commission member application of Nicholas. 1 - June 30) over the same time period in 2014, reach- Messing forward for consideration at its first meeting ing $33.9 billion. Figures for the retail trade industry, in December. Messing has lived in the city for eight a subset of all taxable retail sales made in the state, years, has a degree in mechanical engineering and six revealed an 8 percent increase over 2014, comprising years experience working for the U.S. Army Corps of $15 billion of the state's total retail sales. Engineers. Snapshot figures showed sales of vehicles and auto While Messing's likely appointment will fill one parts increased 11.4 percent to $3.85 billion, purchases seat, it doesn't solve the commission's vacancy prob- of building materials and gardening stores rose 11.38 lem. Two current commissioners, Aspen Montelone percent to $1.76 billion while general merchandise stores (Position 2) and Larry Bowman (chair, Position 4) reported an increase of 4.66 percent to $2.62 billion. were elected to the City Council in November and Spokane County showed a 5.78 percent increase in must step down. taxable retails sales, $2.15 billion, with retail trade in- The terms of commissioners Matthew Pederson creasing 8.11 percent, $1.08 billion. The highest increase (Position 3) and Kal Patel (vice-chair, Position 5) expire occurred in Clark County, rising $14.98 billion. Jan. 31, 2016 and will either need to be re-appointed or Locally, Cheney's total taxable retail sales were filled. The commission requires at least three members $33.89 million in the second quarter of 2015, a 10.75 in attendance to constitute a quorum, percent increase over 2014 while its taxable retail sales "By Jan. 31, I (could) need four planning com- for the retailing industry rose 22.17 percent, $16.47 missioners," Development Services Director Derrick million. Airway Heights showed an 8.75 percent Braaten said. increase in total taxable retail sales in 2015 over 2014, ML council approves Four Lakes water purchase By JOHN McCALLUM Editor As part of a busy agen- da at its Dec. I meeting, the Medical Lake City Council agreed to a request made by the Four Lakes Water District to purchase ap- proximately 20,000 gallons of water monthly in order to do a flushing of the two jurisdiction's emergency intertie line. The mfle-longline runs from Medical Lake's well at the corner of Craig Road and State Route 902 to Four Lakes' well further down Craig. City Administra- tor Doug Ross said water remains in the intertie be- tween uses and becomes stagnant, requiring flushing to maintain a dean flo@. "Eighteen(thousand)to 20,000 (gaUons) is not even one household's use in the summer time here in the dty," Ross said. The council also ap- proved three interlocal agreements to provide fire and emergency medical services to the state agencies within the city. TheDepart- The City Council alsoordinances setting the prop- ment of Social and Health approved the second read- erty tax levy rate alongwith Services will pay Medical ing of its amended fire- setting employee salaries Lake maximum amounts of works ordinance, and con- and compensation for the $32,2K3.90 for service to Pine ducted a public hearing on coming year. Lodge, $80,065.44 at Lake- the oty's $9.52 million 2016 J o h n M c C a I - landVillageand$171,493.74 budget, along with second lum can be reached at at Eastern State Hospital. readings of accompanying j ss.com. Photo by AI Stover Snowy hit-and-run A hit-and-run accident occurred on the 1500 block of West First Street, across from the Cheney Industrial Park, Wednesday, Nov. 24, when a truck clipped the back of this vehicle, damaging the rear bumper and part of a left tail light, and sent it into rocks along the side of the road. No injuries were reported. $47.87 million and 4.31 percent increase for the retail- ing industry, $28.36 million. Over the same time period, Medical Lake's taxable retail sales rose 8.79 percent, $8.58 million while its total for the retailing industry increased 6.05 percent, $2.4 million, County seeks estimates on 1 7 windstorm damage Greater Spokane Emergency Management is collecting information from residents and businesses on damage and losses suffered during the November 2015 windstorm. Home or business owners with sustained damage as a result of the storm may be eligible for federal disaster as- sistance. Greater Spokane Emergency Management is encourag- ing citizens to follow three important steps for reporting damages. Citizens should first assess and document any damage through lists, pictures and repair and/or replace- ment estimates. Citizens should also locate their insurance policy docu- ments (if available) and contact their insurance company to report the damages. Finally, home and business owners need to file their report online at www.Spokanecounty. org/emergem3angrnt and clicking on "Report Wind Dam- age here" and fill out the requested information. This information will be used to establish a countywide damage assessment that will aid in obtaining federal assis- tance. Even'if only minor damage occurred and assistance is not expected, citizens are advised to submit a report. Subrrus" sion is not a guarantee of eligibility, and it may take 30 days or more to process. 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