Staff Reporter 

Airway Heights City Council holds final meeting of 2013

Mayor tells council he plans to meet with other small cities in the new year to discuss the county’s solid waste proposal


The Airway Heights City Council held their last meeting of the year, Dec. 16.

Mayor Patrick Rushing announced he attended an Association of Northeast Mayors meeting, Dec. 13, regarding the concerns of the upcoming expiration of the solid waste management system and the direction of some of the county leaders and their agendas.

Rushing said he is attempting to meet with all of the small cities in Spokane County at the beginning of 2014, to discuss options.

Rushing mentioned that the cities of Latah, Rockford, Fairfield and Waverly are having a meeting, Jan. 22, 2014, to present their proposals for solid waste management. He added that the city staff has sent a letter to the county that Airway Heights will not be committing to renewing with the county or the city of Spokane and will be keeping their options open.

Rushing mentioned he would inform the council on the date of the meeting.

Following the Mayor’s report, the City Council approved the Warrant Register, Investment Report for November 2013, as well as the minutes for the City Council meeting Dec. 2, and the minutes for the City Council study session, Dec. 9. They also approved the transfer of expenditures within the current expense fund, a total of $7,500; and the transfer of expenditures within the Fire Department, total of $7,500.

The council unanimously approved a request from the staff to hire a consultant to analyze the IT system’s status and identify the system’s needs. Once the system analysis is finished, the staff would hire a vendor to implement the plan, developed during the analysis, into the system. The staff would like to have the process complete by June or July 2014.

During staff reports, City Manager Albert Tripp announced there would be a graduation for fire department recruits from the Medical Lake Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 10, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at Sunset Elementary School.

After Rushing adjourned the meeting, he thanked the other council members and staff for their hard work this year and wished them a Merry Christmas.

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