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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 17, 2015 NEWS irway hts City Council to take up elected officials salaries, administrative fee changes at first meeting in 2016 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Airway Heights City Council went through several housekeeping items at Monday night's study session and moved them forward for approval at its Jan. 4, 2016 meeting. They moved forward a resolution amending rules of procedures to allow council members to recommend and appoint residents to a committee. Pre- viously, only the mayor could recom- mend committee appointments. Council agreed to have staff draft a resolution to adjust the salaries of elected officials. Under the resolution, the mayor would make $1,200 a month while the deputy mayor would receive $600 a month. Mayor Kevin Richey said he'd like council members to still be paid $500 a month, though he said cutting the mayor's salary was "fair." He added that the salary adjustments would not take place until the next election cycle. In regards to having council ap- point a mayor among themselves, Richey said he talked to City Attorney Stanley Schwartz who believes that voters would have to approve such a proposal. "Any kind of change to the language for an elected official who is elected by the people must go to a vote," Richey said. Council also moved forward a resolution amending administrative fees. Court administrator Bree Breza explained some of the changes include charging a $30 per hour fee for public records request after the first hour while probation monitoring fees are set at $120 per month and the fee for conviction of violation of a court order pin ite is set at $115. Breza said the fees into a fund the city can only spend on advocacy. "That's money we've never touched, we've never seen or know what to do with," Breza said. "Any kind of change to the language for an elected official who is elected by the people must go to a vote." Airway Heights Mayor Kevin Richey Breza added that Airway Heights currently doesn't have a court advo- cate, which the YWCA provided to the city. "The YWCA does provide the city with an advocate, but it's through a grant," Breza said. "We share one with Spokane Valley, however I was ms go informed January that they (YWCA) might be making some changes and they were planning on contacting me. I was hop- ing they would have done that sooner, but they have not." Richey and Police Chief Lee Bennett agreed that since the city has a lethality assessment program, it should have the same services as other cities, specifically an advocate to help victims navigate through the court systems and provide services they need. Other items moved forward at the study session included: A professional services agree- ment between the city and consultant Studio Cascade for work on the High- way 2 revitalization project. The reappointment of Jacob Powers to the Park Advisory Board. Renewal of the Commute Trip Reduction intergovernmental contract between Airway Heights and Spokane County. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneldfi'eepress.com. ews FROM STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES Medical Lake woman hurt in collision A two-car collision Dec. 7 on State Route 902 involved two West Plains' individuals and sent a Medical Lake woman and her passenger to the hospital. According to a Wash- ington State Patrol news release, just after 10 p.m., a 2010 Honda Civic driv- en by Darby M. Evans, 19, of Medical Lake was westbound on SR 902 ap- proaching the Craig Road intersection. At the same time, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Timothy Gricks, 49, of Cheney was southbound on Craig Road, also ap- proaching the intersec- tion. According to the state patrol, Gricks failed to yield at the Craig Road stop sign and Collided with Evans' vehicle. Both Evans and her passenger, Jeffrey W. Gunn, 21, of Edwall were injured and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Both vehicles were impounded and all three occupants were wearing seat restraints. Gricks was cited by the state pa- trol for failure to yield. Airway Heights" commission approves revised zone amendment At its regular monthly meeting Dec. 9, the Air- way Heights Planning Braaten told the com- by the city's Municipal Commission approved a mission last Wednesday Court. The school will be revised resolution regard- that he contacted the Lees for defendants required ing a rezone of a one-acre to explain the decision, to attend such training parcel at the southeast and was told they were as part of an infraction corner of Russell Street OK with the R-2 designa- deferral authorized by and 10th Avenue. tion and would not chal- state law. The owners of the lenge the commission's According to the ordi- property, Denny and Judi decision, nance, the traffic school Lee, originally requested The revised ordinance will be taught by quail- the property be rezoned incorporating language fled instructors either from Industrial to multi- changing the parcel zon- employed or retained family residential (R3). At ing from Industrial to R-2 by the city who have a public hearing on Nov. will be sent to the coun- knowledge and special- 30, the commission voted cil for a second reading ized training on the traffic to rezone the parcel to R-2 and passage at their next school's curriculum. Ad- for duplexes instead, meeting, ditionally, Cheney Police The move was too Department personnel late to amend the orig- Council may provide assistance inal ordinance, which in developing the cur- went to the City Council establishes riculum for the school, and received a first read- including instruction on ing Dec. 8, with Braaten traffic school proper adherence to the explaining to them the The Cheney City rules of the road. commission had recently Council passed an ordi- Municipal Court Ad- approved amending the nance at its Dec. 8 meet- ministrator Terri Cooper rezone to R-2 duplex resi- ing establishing a traffictold the council the court dential, school to be operated has been operating a traf- fic school for some time now, but that changes in state law required the city to adopt an ordinance to legally establish the school. All fees collected will go towards the oper- ation of the school as well as supporting Cheney Youth Court education and activities. Photo by John McCallum Battlin' basketball Blackhawks Cheney High students Logan Pratt (left) and Har- rison King (right) battle each other for the final seat in a game of musical chairs -- basketball style -- during hafltime of the Lady Blackhawks basketball game Friday night. When the music stopped, King got the chair, and a gift certificate to The Mason Jar. Damaged Cheney fiber optic cable to replaced City of Cheney fiber optic cable temporarily installed after a fire in late summer damaged a communications vault near Eastern Washington University is scheduled to be replaced this Fri- day and Saturday, Dec. 18 - 19. The fire on Aug. 31 briefly forced the rerout- ing of Police Department communications and knocked out phone and Internet to the rest of the city departments for sev- eral days. Work crews eventually installed a temporary repair by run- ning several hundred feet of cable along exist- ing power poles in the area. Light Department Di- rector Steve Boorman told the City Council .on Dec. 8 the contractor would take down the temporary fix this week- end, and a permanent connection reinstalled. While the work schedule is designed to minimize impacts to residents, city officials said in a Dec. 15 press release there would be some interruptions to the city's phone and email systems. The work will also require the Police Depart- ment's dispatch center to use its backup communi- cation systems. Jesus Christ is born! Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion 7:00 PM Emmanuel Lutheran Church 639 Elm St., Cheney, WA: (next to Rockwood Clinic) www.emmanuelcheney.org ii ............................................................. Steak and Crab Buffet I Chef's Choice ISteak and Wings Buffet I Prime Rib Buffet ISurf and Turf Buffet Features Baron of Beef I BBQ Buffet I Homestyle Buffet 1-90 & Exit 272 (Medical Lake) Spokane, WA 99224 509-842-1100 613 S. 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