September 5, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 20

AH study session schedule questioned

The Airway Heights City Council may shake up its study session schedule in the near future.

Councilman Steven Lawrence asked if there was a way to look at council compensation, since the City Council had dropped its number of committee meetings from three to one, condensed into the monthly work session. City Manager Albert Tripp said he would look into the matter and bring some information to the next study session Monday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Other council members, including Barron Williamson and Kevin Richey, said their work hours occasionally prevented attendance at the monthly study session. That absence prevented their participation in discussions relating to issues facing the city.

“A weekly meeting would be a great idea,” Richey said.

During the summer months, the study session agenda has been somewhat lighter than usual. As things move back to their regular pace, it was suggested that meeting twice a month would help spread items around and make agendas more efficient.

“As things pick up, it might be more efficient,” Williamson said.

Also during the meeting, an interlocal agreement with Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was approved. The agreement provides dispatch, forensics, SCOPE and property rooms among other services bundled together. Police Chief Lee Bennett said having the package deal was a cost savings to the city, as those services would otherwise charge on a per-hour basis depending on their use.

Richey recused himself from the final vote, due to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office. The final vote was 6-0.

A second action item passed by the City Council was the reauthorization of a five-year contract between the city and Barr-Tech to remove biosolids produced at the wastewater treatment plant. The company would take the solids at a rate of $49.50 per wet ton, which is simply a renewal of the previous rate.

James Eik can be reached at james@cheneyfreepress.com.

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