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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, March 26, 2015 continued from page 1 ing some large, but needed purchases of electrical equipment. Noland said without an increase, by 2017 the city would be "scrapping the bottom of the barrel" with its electrical reserves. "In 2018, we'd be (in a) deficit," he said. "That's with no increase in the immediate future." Without any changes, Cheney residential electrical customers would see an average monthly increase with the new rates of $3.20 per kilowatt hour (kWh) of usage. By comparison, Noland said residential electri- cal usage has averaged around 890 kWh per month. The resolution passed by council raises residential rates from 5.32 cents per kWh to 5.64 cents. Commer- cial users will see their rates rise from 5.81 cents to 6.16 cents per kWh for up to 15,000 kWh per month, while those who use above 15,000 kWh will realize a bump from 3.45 cents to 3.66 cents per kWh. Noland reminded the council that the increase was a charge on consumption. Electrical customers can reduce their increases through a variety of energy efficiency methods. "In 2018, we'd be (in a) deficit. That's with no increase in the imme- diate future." Light Department Director Joe Noland "This is something you have control over," No- land said. Noland said there are more increases projected sometime in the future, but right now the city would let this increase take hold and reevaluate it later to see if it meets the needs of replenishing the reserve account. Councilwoman Jill Weiszmann felt the ap- proved increase was too conservative, preferring not to see "so much red' in the financial charts, but understood the need to go slow. Councilman John Taves said he understood this was a conservative approach, but the city had seen "substantial erosion" of its electrical financial reserve capacity over the years. The approved increase he be- lieved would address restoration of those reserves. "I think this gradually does that and I'm glad to see it," Taves said. Even with the increase, Noland and several council members said Cheney still has some of the cheapest electrical rates in the region, including com- parisons with utilities such as Avista, Inland Power and Light and Kootenai Electric. The council also awarded several contracts at its Tuesday meeting. They iwarded a contract for 30 wooden power poles, ranging from 25 feet to 55 feet, for $22,973.75 to LD McFarland Company. The poles are part of the Light Department's ongoing pole replacement project, and Noland said the price is very close to what the city paid last year. "These look a lot cheaper than what Avista says they have to pay," Mayor Tom Trulove said. Council also approved a $44,505.25 contract with Five Star Concrete, Inc. to remove and replace ap- proximately 7,900 square feet of sidewalk and 215 lineal feet of curb in 20 locations throughout the city. "We have some bad sidewalks out there and we need to catch up," Public Works Director Todd Ableman said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chene eepress. com. continued from page 1 with Spokane County Parks Director "This program could be the ve- Doug Chase. One of the things they hicle for a town to request funding complex - a project the county said discussed was partnering with the to complete something like a sports had "regional benefit." county to help support infrastruc- complex or other needs," Chase said. The agreement included the master ture and projects such as the Cheney "Cities have a great handle on what planning of the property via comple- swimming pool, which is in need of their citizens want." tion of Spokane County Project No. an upgrade. City Manager Albert Tripp and P6179-Sports Complex Master Plan, "It was important for us to have the Mayor Patrick Rushing met with which was developed in the summer dialogue with the C h a s e. T r i p p of 2012. county and come said they dis- Kennedy said 25 residentsappeared up with ways we cussed provid- at a March 10 open house, hosted by can benefit every- ing funding for the county, to express their concerns one who lives on the first two as to why the complex was not on the the West Plains," phases of the list. He hopes more citizens will write Schuller said. Airway Heights to the county and ask them to consider Another one of sports complex. putting the complex on the list. the proposed proj- He added that "We're just trying to get a seat at ects on the list is a Park Improvement by funding the Airway Heights sports the table," Kennedy said. Grant Program for cities and towns in complex, the county would already Cheney City Manager Mark Schul- the county. Chase said the program have the land ready for a sports facil- ler, Mayor Tom Trulove and Kim Best, would allow cities to request funding ity. parks and recreation director, spoke to complete their own projects. "Completing the first phases of the sports ride a cluster of options and surrounding North- ern Quest Casino," "The challenge with (the grant program) is that it wouic be unlikely t q ;ye the money to adequately furi /i ( e first two phases of the sports complex." Chase added that county is look- ing at a separate levy as an option, though no decision has been made. He said the goal is to narrow down the list and submit a recommendation to the Spokane County board of Com- missioners. The county also plans to reveal the survey results. "We hope that people will take a minute and look at the results and see what their neighbors want," Case said. Al Stover can be reached at continued from page 1and Washington schools ment home in Surprise, to the Greater Spokane Ariz. near Phoenix. Right tana State, including the League and finally to the now, he has several ac- national championshipGreat Northern League. complishments hewishes team of 1981, and gradu- Coaches and athletes un- to see through to comple- ated with an education der his tutelage have en- tion before he turns in degree in 1982. joyed a variety of league, his keys, including see- He first taught in a re$i0na s tate uc- ing.the ugur . H small school in Mel- cesaes, including state School Champion of 6e stone, Mont., and thentitles in boys' soccer in Stars Recognition Night" returned to Spokane 2013 and girls cross coun- awards banquet become where he taught in the try in 2011. a reality and hiring five Central Valley School Through it all Missel new head coaches at the District and coached has been a tireless advo- high school. at Ferris High School. cate of students, athletes Missel attributes a lot After five years he be- and non-athletes alike, of the success he has en- came a football coach often attending not only joyed at Cheney High and dean of students sports contests but musi- School to the support of at South Kitsap High cal and drama produc-the community and the School in Port Orchard. tions, taking pictures he school board. Cheney's He returned to Ferris to eventually displays on a success couldn't have coach, took the assistant large TV monitor hang- been achieved without it, principal position at ing outside his office headded. Lakeside High School near the school's main Missel admits that the in 1998 and was named entrance. He hopes tothought of what he's go- to his current position maintain that role ining to do with a lot of free at Cheney High School retirement, time in retirement is "a in summer 2001. "I'm still an educa- little scary." Getting up at DuringMissel'stenure tot at heart," he said. "I 6 a.m. and not receiving at Cheney, the school has still want to work with a phone call about a gym changed classifications kid's." not being available, or an several times, moved Misselmentionedsev-extra activity bus needing from the Border League eral opportunities for this to be reserved will be dif- combination of Idaho in his soon to be retire- ferent at first, but Missel believes it's time to face that reality. "It's time to move on and let the school take a new direction," he said. John McCal- lum can be reached at j mac@cheneyfreepress. com. IboWul m Locally owned & operated Tank pumping &maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale License #602872994 cheneyseptic@g mail.corn OPEN HOUSE NEXT SUNDAY Of course...,, there's no one in there. Join us Easter Sunday at Westside Chapel as we celebrate the empty tomb that gives us a full life. Easter Sunday, Aprll 5, 10:30 AM 14408 S. 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