City to get
Department heads and staff at the city of Grand Coulee will attend a sexual harassment training at 4 p.m. this Friday, according to mayor Chris Christopherson. He stated that he didn’t want to comment on the reason for the training.
Christopherson said that members of the city council have also been asked to attend Friday’s training class, or one scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, which is scheduled for firefighters and ambulance workers.
Canfield & Associates, the city’s risk management firm, will conduct the class.
A woman organizing a local roller derby team says the effort is going well. Rayne Rabe, known on skates as Chick Norris, Derby Rayne-ger, says she will meet with at least 13 prospective team members on Friday and Saturday, and she’s heard of more interest from the Wilbur area. She signed papers with the Grand Coulee Dam School District Tuesday with the intent to use the Center Elementary gym for indoor practices this winter.
The Electric City Council approved a request by Coulee Playland for increases of $2 a day for some of its tent sites for the 2013 season, The rental costs of these sites will go from $42 to $44 a night. The city is the lead agency administering the land on which Coulee Playland operates.
Filtering plant to be previewed
Engineers from Gray & Osborne, city officials and contractor Clearwater Construction will get together Feb. 4 and 5, at Electric City to review the city’s new arsenic treatment plant. City officials expect the plant to be up and operating within a short time.
Electric City should start to receive funds from its Transportation Benefit District in May, City Clerk Jackie Perman told the city council. Through the TBD, the city will collect $20 for each new license tab issued, with a few exemptions under the law.
Jail biz is brisk
The Lincoln County Jail held an average of 21 inmates a day in 2012, up from 14 in 2011, county Sheriff Wade Magers said last week.
“Essentially if our jail has room we provide bed days in our facility for sentenced inmates from Adams County, Airway Heights, Department of Corrections, and Cheney,” he said. “This has worked very well and in fact has exceeded our expectations by bringing in over $200,000 for the county’s general fund since we started the program.”
Magers reported that deputies had responded to 5,431 calls in 2012, an increase of 11 percent over 2011.
Magers said a recent burglary in Sprague was solved in less than eight hours after the suspect’s photo was posted at the sheriff’s Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/WadeMagersLincolnCountySheriff.