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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Airway Heights City Council discusses new liaison role


March 29, 2018

At the March 26 Airway Heights City Council study session meeting, the board discussed creating a liaison role for boards and commissions.

Councilman Dave Malet had expressed interest in creating a liaison role for each board and commission that council members currently occupy seats. The purpose of the role is to increase engagement and communication between the organizations.

The city of Airway Heights currently has five standing boards (Advisory Park Board, Youth Advisory Commission, Senior Advisory Commission and Planning Commission). Each commission also consists of approximately 23-30 volunteer members.

Some of the duties of the position include helping resolve questions the board or commission may have about the role of council, municipal government, and the board or commission; establishes formal or informal contact with the chairperson of the board or commission and communicate the role of the liaison; relays council’s position to the board or commission when appropriate and communicates to the board or commission that the liaison’s role is not to direct the board in its activities or work.

Council also discussed the draft water supply agreement with the city of Spokane. City Manager Albert Tripp, City Attorney Stanley Schwartz and Public Works Director Kevin Anderson have been negotiating with Spokane to amend th existing agreement since last summer.

The reason for amending their agreement would be to have an additional intertie with Spokane which would temporarily replace the quantities lost when the city was forced to turn off wells 1, 4 and 9 after the PFOS/PFOA contaminations. The temporary period would be up to two years while the city would be working with the Air Force on other long-term solutions.

It has been requested that the city of Spokane reviews the draft with their council as Airway Heights also reviews it. The goal of the agreement is to implement it in a short timeframe so that the city could construct the additional intertie between May and June.

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