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t Thursday, December 18, 2008 Free Press Page 9 M ical reasons Halley to step down fro District's county commissioners to pick replacement from three finalists Citing ongoing medical chal- lenges related to his cancer treat- ments, state Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, has annOunced he will resign from his 9th District legis- lative seat on Jan. 11, 2009. Hailey revealed his deci- sion in a Dec. 11 letter to Gov. Christine Gregoire, in which he said: "My health is such that I cannot represent the interests of my constituents in the fashion they deserve." Hailey was diagnosed with colon cancer last January, and has since undergone a long and difficult regimen of chemother- apy. Despite weakness, fatigue and other side effects of the dis- ease and the treatment program, he has continued his legislative work largely by phone, confer- ence calls and e-mail. "Serving in the Legislature has been one of the most re- warding experiences of my life, and I will always be grateful to the people of the 9th District for the honor of representing them in Olympia," said Hailey, a third-generation farmer and rancher. "The reality is, though, that it's getting increasingly difficult for me to summon the physical strength to keep up with the demands of the job, and it's not my nature to give less than a total commitment." The 63-year-old Hailey said the chemotherapy sessions have been tough but tolerable, and reiterated confidence in his doc- tors and ,his determination to achieve a full recovery. "Cancer's a tenacious enemy, but I've been in dangerous spots before," said Hailey, a 1960s-era combat helicopter pilot who earned numerous commenda- tions for bravery under fire, in- clffding the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star. "I'm not pulling back; you can be assured of that. But now I have to focus all of my resilience, energy and faith toward beating the ultimate adversarv." State Rep. Steve Halley Hailey said he and his fam- ily appreciate the support of well-wishers and the many mes- sages of encouragement they have received during the past 11 months. "The prayers, friendship and positive thoughts are an inspira- tion, and have often helped us find the motivation and courage to face some stressful times. I've been heartened during the dark moments, and will never forget the kindnesses and thoughtful- ness that have been shared with us," he added. "I was sad to hear that Rep. Hailey was resigning his House seat," 9th District Rep, Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) said in a prepared statement. "Steve has represented -the 9:th District with vigor, honor and character. It has been a pleasure serving in Olympia with him this past year. ouse "I know that Steve wants nothing but the best represen- tation possible for the 9th Dis- trict, and, in the end, he felt he wouldn't be able to give the job the attention and energy need- ed," Schmick added. "That's a difficult decision to make. He leaves office with the same class and dignity in which he served. I would ask that people keep Steve and his family in their thoughts and prayers." Three nominees to succeed Hai- ley will be chosen by the district's Republican precinct committee officers. County commissioners will then select a replacement from among the finalists. The Legislature will convene Jan. 12 for a scheduled 105-day session. continued from page 1 City planning consultant Glenn Scholten spent the last year revising 1997 data for that purpose. He presented a spread- sheet report during the meeting showing different population density scenarios for residential growth. The densities ranged from high to low, which all have a big impact on the numbers in terms of predicting growth, Scholten said. What the numbers from the scenarios showed, basically, was that the city, whether it develops residential land at high densities (212 units per 6,000 square feet) or low density (212 per 12,000 feet), the city "has got enough unplatted land" for development within the city limits, not includ- ing the UGA. "Basically it comes down to three decisions for you," Scholten said to the commission. "Do you want to keep the UGA as is, or not keep it, or go with the revised ver- sion you came up with. Your rec- ommendation will allow the city to go forward in having its comp plan approved by the county." Commissioner Bob Albright said he felt the high-density de- velopment scenario "isn't realis- tically possible" in Medical Lake with the way most new neigh- borhoods are being designed at places like Fox Hollow, Fox Ridge and Silver Hills. Mark Hudson added that the numbers were helpful, but didn't take into account the possibility of zoning for new commercial and industrial developments. "We should make room for new businesses to come to Medi- cal Lake," Hudson said, who made the motion to keep the revised UGA in case developers wanted to, at any time, rezone residential land for commercial purposes. The city would at least not come up short to build new homes if the UGA is in place. "Any changes to the zoning characterization is something the Planning Commission has control over, and you can do that one time a year," Scholten said. Hudson's motion was sec- onded and approved, with plans to hold a public hearing at the next regular meeting in January. The spreadsheet report, Schol- ten said, should be enough to sub- stantiate the city's requests to the county and provide the proof that wasn't there before as officials were using 1997 figures. Though the city hadn't experienced any new annexations, Scholten ex- plained, the 1997 figures didn't reflect the last decade's residential growth, recent rezone changes, or wetland and wetland buffer areas. "I've run over these numbers three or four times," he added. "I can defend the work, which will be put into a report to give to the county," after the commission's recommendation has had its hear- ing and gotten approval by the City Council. Cara Lorello can be reached at -When #:comes w o-rph lo, hX D, , ,-,, I-,, W a,mpt,c,ty Economy America's Cremation Specialists@ for over 30 years. 1-800-608-6005 (509t s:35 FREE ig~f~lllff':lJK~l~zl~iff=l~lr4"ltl~ffel!Lzg'ltll'lel'~ Brochure www 222 E. Francis Spokane 99208 ~1 would like more,information on cremation. Name Address ~,GiO/ ZIP Phone No cost or obligation~N J ncil continuned from page 1 $75 to $100. Research, Ross said, is being done to determine whether the city needs to update its for- mula for calculating impact fees, which are currently quite low..,: The only changes proposed for utilities are in the annual gar- bage fee that's automatic within the city's contract with Sunshine Disposal. City staff and Sunshine Disposal officials are currently working out the correction num- bers to use for the garbage rate in- creases, but according to a memo from Ross, that raise is expected to be 3.3 percent. "We will come back to you dur- ing our January meeting for updates to our garbage rates/' Ross said. No other utility fees changes are being proposed at this time. In other business, council unanimously approved a rati- . ficatiort*. f e eral. amertdn mts approved on Nov. 19, by the Steering Committee of Elected Officials for the county Growth Management Act Joint Planning Interlocal agreement, which Ross said was basically an update to the original agreement the city first entered into in 1995. Among the changes outlined in a memo to the city from GMA committee chair Nancy McLaugh- lin, the new agreement proposed establishing process for election rotations, committee appoint- ments to ad hoc committees, and darifying amendment procedures ratified by each jurisdiction. Also proposed was adopting new guidelines for public participation in committee projects. Also, Councilman Howard Jorgenson reported numbers "were way up" this last Saturday at the annual Friends for Children benefit raffle, at which volunteers and donors succeeded in raising enough presents and food for some 36 area families, 19 of which got donations for both. 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