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Thursday, February 18, 2010 Council continued from page 1 anything else is done the project plan must first be reviewed in order to stay on the right side of the law, McMullen said. "We've got to make sure we' dot all the 'i's' and cross all the 't's' so that this great idea that everybody wants to do doesn't end up being a quagmire with rules and regula- tions that the state has." The council then moved into the agenda, first approving an easement on a .narrow strip of city-owned property at Brooks Road and Howard Street that will allow Avista to rebuild/upgrade a natural gas regulator station. Avista spokesman Dave Chambers told City Council the company will look at locating the station on the west end of the strip but as far as possible from a nearby home. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the city's municipal code relating to resource lands and critical areas preservation. City Administrator Doug Ross gave kudos to city plan- ner Glen Scholten, who prepared i "We made big noise last week and the key is to make sure we don't rest on our laurels and let the state do whatever they want to do." City Administrator Doug Ross on opposing Pine Lodge closure the revisions, and said the Wash- ington state Department of Ecology has asked to use them as a model. Two resolutions were passed; the first adopting a mutual aid agreement with the Spokane/Koo- tenai County fire service and the second "adamantly opposing the closing of Pine Lodge Corrections Center or any change from its cur- rent use as a minimum security, prerelease facility for women." "We made big noise last week and the key is to make sure we don't rest on our laurels and let the state do whatever they want to do," said Ross. "We want to keep this topic current and keep it out in front of everybody." In other city news, Ross said he's still in the process of nego- tiating the city's gar- bage con- tract with Sunshine Disposal, addingthat he'd like to cut out lan- guage that says the company can pass on to the city "uncontrollable costs" like gas price hikes or equip- ment failure. Ross also said the city's compost trailer will open in mid-March. Roughly $18,000 in fees are associ- ated with transporting the refuse to the waste to energy plant, he said, and the trailer is often filled four times a day on weekends at the height of the summer season. Ryan Lancaster can be reached at ryan00ss.com. Free Press Photo by Ryan Cold enough for ya? Despite some relatively warm winter temperatures this year, swimmers are still likely to on Medical Lake next Saturday, Feb. 27, during the 2010 Polar Plunge, benefiting the Washil Special Olympics. Page 9 Best continued from page 1 "one of the success stories that has inspired us all" and said the business had contributed to a revitalization effort in downtown Cheney. "To win an award in Clothing our first year of business is really something to be excited about," Alvarado said. Many awards were given in non-business-related categories as well. The local office of Washington continued from page 1 Special Olympics, nonprofit of the year, was recognized for having a dedication to connecting families with common interests and chal- lenges, supporting athletes at lo- cal, state and national levels and educating the public. Cheney resident Venice Parker was given the Community Caring Award for her "tireless" work on behalf of the Cheney Rodeo Association, the Kiwanis Club, the Cheney High School Alumni Association and a long list of other The United Church of Christ earlier took in Cheney Outreach, which connects low-income people with necessities like clothing and food, as well as energy assistance. "We're just a congregation that cares about the poorest of the poor in our community," said former UCC pastor Debi Hasdorf, who led the church for nine years and recently moved to a new church in Minnesota. Hasdorf said the impetus to help came from the congregation and the church council. "I think the church has a legacy of community service," he said. The Community Service , oversees the various social services in Cheney, guides the clothing exchange. George Abrams helped find the space at the UCC through his involvement with local churches and the Community Service Coun- cil. He said there were few housing options available, and expressed gratitude to the UCC for providing space. "We're just really, really glad that the clothing bank is up and run- ning again," he said. Oakes, who has taken over leadership after Orville Tiedt ran the clothing bank for many years, said she has been posting fliers around town to make the public aware of the new location. After two hours of operation on the clothing exchange's first official day, a dozen people had already come to pick up or donate clothing, bedding and household items. A small group of adults who came to get clothing said they heard about it at the library anctthe food bank, so word is getting around. Oakes also decided to rename the service, from clothing bank to clothing exchange, to encourage donations. "The reason I'm stressing clothing exchange is we need to have stuff coming in and going out. It doesn't function very well if you have either or," she said. "It kind of gives the message to the public that we are accepting donations and we want to be available so people can take out what they need." Bedding, blankets, children's clothes and coats are most needed, Oakes said. Volunteers are also needed to inspect and sort donations and help people who need clothes. Oakes said there is no screening process to be eligible to receive clothing, but there is a limit to the Photo by Becky Thomas A man sorts through clothes at the new home of the Cheney cloth- ing exchange at the United Church of Christ while clothing exchange director Connie Oakes looks on. The new location opened Wednesday, Feb. 10 and will be open every Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. organizations. "It's rare to partici- pate in a civic event that Venice has not in some way contributed to," Barbery said. Vincent Songaylo, an adminis- trative assistant.and instructional coach at Windsor and Sunset El- ementary schools, received the K-5 educator of the year award for his ability to "inspire contagious en- thusiasm for staff and students." Linda Sexton, a science teacher at Medical Lake Middle School, was given the 6-12 educator of the year award for her close con- nections with students and for motivating challenging students to stay on track. Chamber volunteer of the year recipient Latisha Hill of Avista Utilities was described as a "hands on" volunteer who has a consistent passion for the organization's succeaS and has,lped organize numerous chamber events. Three awards were given in the public safety officer of the INLAND CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DENTISTRY year category - one for ea{ Plains city. Lt. Tim Steiner of the q Fire Department earned 1 his dedication to children" through work as a safety e. in programs at local schc nior groups and at EWU. also had a lead role in dev, an EWU campus alert p: and the Spokane Count 3 gency notification syst( n Medical Lake Fire Chie tes was credited with mainta high level of safety and prof{ ism" inhis department des tight budget constraints. Airway Heights Detect" Justice earned an award for 1 as an advocate for child1 victim's rights as well as standing record of cloSing cases such as a regional pro. network, a major theft rin marijuana growing operatiq Ryan Lancaster can be re ryan@chenetdl:reepress.com. number of items a person can take. Center continued from page 1 possibilities, rebuilding the Wren Pierson or revamping the commu- nity center plan from the November bond were the most financially vi- able options, Simmons reported. The options were itemized in a document prepared by Simmons, highlighting advantages, disad- vantages, financial profile and insurance settlement implications. The document will be available for public review and comment soon on the city's Web site, www. cityofcheney.org. 5:.00 PM at the InlRI Northwest Wildllle fe 6116 IL  St. SpJile, WA (509) 467-1i552 BSCRIBE 00DAv,, I ................................... ....... Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. Financing was central in rul- ing out several options. If Wren Pierson is ruled out as a viable location for the community center, the building itself will still need . to be dealt with, and demolition would cost more than $120,000, Simmons said. There are several issues to deal with before a decision is made, and Simmons said he wants to gauge public sentiment on the community center. 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