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Kalispel's police plan presented to council


The Airway Heights City Council discussed several items at the Feb. 24 study session.

Development Services Director Derrick Braaten began the session by discussing the re-appointment of Rita Osborne as chair of the Planning Commission. Braaten mentioned that he is also looking to recruit more members for the commission.

“She’s been diligently serving on the commission for most of the term she has served,” Braaten said.

Councilwoman Tanya Dashiell said Osborne ran the last Planning Commission meeting “smoothly” and seems to enjoy her role as the chair.

Following Braaten, City Manager Albert Tripp brought up a draft for an agreement with the Kalispel Tribe to provide for the tribe law enforcement services on reservation property and property held on trust between the tribe and the city.

Tripp said the agreement contained several commitments including a section on final responsibility. He added that the agreement also provides mutual aid between the two police departments. The council agreed to move the agreement to the next study session.

Senior building inspector Cindy Redekopp and Braaten presented a draft of Resolution 2014-002, which lists changes and modifiers to the administrative fees. Braaten said he would bring an updated copy to the next work session.

Tripp brought up a draft of a resolution that would adopt changes to personnel policies. He said the last time an amendment was made to the policy was in 2003 and that laws and standards have changed since then. The council agreed to move the item forward.

Clerk-Treasurer Richard Cook presented a resolution that would transfer signature authority for the municipal court from former court administrator Suzanne Wohl to new administrator Debbie Breza. Cook said this was a housekeeping item and wanted to have the resolution on the March 3 legislative session. The council agreed.

Cook presented a request from the Washington State Treasurer’s Office to pass a new resolution that authorizes investment in the Local Government Investment Pool. He presented his draft of the resolution and proposed that it be moved to the next session.

Dashiell asked Cook if there were any points he would like the council to examine. Cook said the resolution itself.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy said he received four bids for the Aspen Park Phase 2 Tree Planting project last Wednesday. He said the city received a bid from Environment West for $25,655.37.

Kennedy said he would like to get the contract in front of the committee and get the project started as early as possible.

Kennedy next presented a resolution that could celebrate Kids to Parks Day. He said this is the fourth year for the event and the resolution encourages parents to get out of the house and visit a national park.

Kennedy said Kids to Parks Day could also be promoted with other community events this spring and summer. He added that the resolution could be moved to the next study session.

During staff reports, Braaten said Contineo Technologies Inc., has been doing on-site visits and are looking to have a report ready in the first week of March. Through the consultant’s initial analysis, Braaten said he has an idea of some of the potential issues in the city’s IT system.

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