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Thursday, April 23, 2015 Free Press Page 11 =~IA Classroom addition New addition Renovation Budget 18,750 square feet 900 square feet $9.0 million Capital Imprnvomoets Site preparation, site improvement and removal of 8 existing portables. Construct and equip additions for new classrooms, ~'~1 B Wrnstllng/aerobion addition New addition Budget Alternative High Sehool New addition Budoet iJu 3,600 square feet $1,5 million C~ltal Imprnvmneets Construct and equip a new multi- functional wrestling/aerobics space. Capital Imprnvmnts 18,750 square feet Construct and equip the expansion of Three Springs High School and $2.3 million specialty academic spaces. Gym addition New addition 7,400 square feet Budget $3,1 million Auditarim (700 Seats) Hew addition 22,600 square feet Renovation 8,800 square feet Budget $13.9 million Auditodm (500 Seats) New addition 19,600 square feet Renovation 8,800 square feet Budget $12.4 million Capital Imprnvomats Construct and equip a new practice gym, Capital Imprnvmmts Construct and equip the expansion of the auditorium, Commons/Adminietrntion addition Capital improvements New addition 5.150 square feet Improvements and expansion of secu- Renovation 38,150 square feet dty, parking corridors and entdes. Con* Budget $15.1 million struct and equip an expanded cafeteria/ commons, Undertake site improvements to address traffic and parldng concems. Graphic by Brittani Montecucco Charting the Cheney High School Bond Cheney School District voters are being asked to approve more than $44.88 million in general obligation bonds to fund expansion and renovation of the district's only high school in a special election ballot April 28. It's the second time the district's board of directors has elected to run the high school bond. In a special election ballot Feb. 10, the bond received over 58 percent 'yes' votes, but fell short of the 60 percent needed for passage. The graphic above combines information provided by the school district's architect, NAC Architecture, (facilty layout and construction phases) with project de- scriptions detailed on the bond resolution (right hand column). i continued from page 1 Showing significant decline so far right where it should be one quarter of the previous seven day timeframe, and are assaults, down almost 23 percent, the way through the year, overtime is allows for maintaining two officers on with 131 reportable incidents tallied in and domestic violence, down almost 21 again running high. Through March, duty at all times, excluding administra- the first three months of 2015 compared percent. While a positive sign, Campbell the department has spent 86 percent, tive personnel, detectives and the school to 134 in 2014. Most categories are at or said the numbers are too low right now $22,347.37, of the $26,000 allocated for resource officer. below last year's levels, to see any potential trends, general fund overtime, money used to The contract also included a six- One exception is thefts, which are Calls for service are running just cover extra shifts by officers filling in for month trial period for the new plan, up about 17 percent (53 total) over last over 6.4 percent ahead of last year, 7,843 other officers out due to illness, vacation after which the city can evaluate its year's numbers, 22 in February be- to 7,338. Cheney receives the majority or other issues, effectiveness. ing the high point. Most of these are of those calls, 60 percent, with the bal- A new contract between the city and Campbell said the department spent items taken from unlocked vehicles, ance being calls for service at Eastern the Police Guild signed in late Decem- around $72,000 in 2014 to cover officer or items left in plain sight in locked Washington University. ber calls for a mimmum of two officers overtime under a contract that required vehicles where the perpetrator entered Cheney investigators are carryingon duty per shift, the exception being one officer to be on duty per shift. With by smashing a window, an average of 27 active cases per month, July - August, and three officers on duty two officers now required, that could Drug offenses reports are up 100 per- but have been getting better at clearing Thursday, Friday and Saturday from double. cent, with 10 reported through March as this load. In January the clearance rate September- June. The city had hoped to "l anticipate we're going to be in that compared to none last year. Eight arrests - cases closed - was 16.20 percent, but alleviate some of the overtime payments $140,000 range for overtime," Campbell took place last month, and Campbell said that has risen to 25.86 percent, by using an exemption in the Fair Trade said. a number of these are juveniles arrested Finally, while the overall depart- Standards Act allowing the city to track John McCallum can be reached at for possession of marijuana, ment budget of $2,694,200 is running overtime over a 28-day period instead of continued from page 1 Also associated with the 1T upgrade, the council award of the contract "to approved a separate con- the proposal most advan- tract with intrinium in the tageous to the City" with amount of $30,470 which the other factors taken into was needed because the consideration, upgrade work is outside As such, Niemeier the scope of work outlined ings and final passage take recommended the city in the company's exist- place at the Apri118. Coun- go with Intrinium. Theing contract with the city. cilman Doug Nixon made difference between theCouncilalso approved Or- the motion'and after a sec- two companies other than dinance W-63 authorizing ond, council unanimously pricing boiled down to lo- an interfund loanof $60,000 agreed to the loan. cationandfamiliarity-In- to help pay for part of the Council adopted a trinium is located in Spo- upgrade. The funding will similar course of action kane and has performedcome from the sewer fund, on another ordinance, IT services on the city's which has healthy reserves, Ordinance W-64, the existing system while JW and will be repaid over five city's first budget amend- Affinity IT is based out of years at I percent interest, ment of 2015. Most of the Smyrna, Georgia and has Ordinances require $1,515,700 - $995,700 not worked for Cheney.three separate readings, - were "book" entries "They're not the low- which usually occur at dif- only accounting for dep- est, but they are the most ferent meetings, however recation. advantageous," Niemeier the Finance Department Theremaining$478.800 said of Intrinium. requested all three meet- was mostly for capital ex- "They're (Intrinium) not the low- est, but they are the most advanta- geous." Finance Director Cindy Niemeier penses not covered in the original budget under infor- mation technology, water, sewer and capital facilities. In other business, col.lrlcJ]: Spokane County Fire District 3 honors Ramos and Swift with 2014 firefighter and officer of the year awards Spokane County Fire District 3 honored a pair of volunteer firefighters at its annual Firefighter Appre- ciation Banquet March 21. Firefigther/EMT Jolis- sa Ramos and Lieutenant Firefighter Luke Swift were recipients of the 2014 Firefighter and Of- ricer of the Year awards respectively. Ramos is a five-year member of Four Lakes Fire Station No. 22 and an instruc- tor at Spokane Commu- nity College while Swift works installing fire and security alarms for Allied Security and has been stationed at Spangle Fire Station No. 36 for six and a half years. "We absolutely could not operate without our part-time, paid on call firefighter/first respond- ers and Jolissa and Luke are great representatives Jolissa Swift Luke Swift that are committed to Spokane County helping this community," Fire District 3 is located SCFD 3 Fire Chief Bruce in southwest Spokane Holloway said in a news County and headquar- release, tered in Cheney. Other firefightersandThe district is 560 first responders were square miles, third larg- also recognized for their est in the state of Wash- years of service, and all ington, and composed of members were thanked 10 stations, 45 vehicles, for their ongoing commit- seven full-time staff ment for the challenging members and 120 part responsibility they accept time, paid on call fire- on a daily basis, District 3 fighters/first respond- said in the release, ers. Approved dis- Approved a bursement of $17,000 from $13,327 change order to the Lodging Tax Fund to Specialty Pump enabling three applicants, the contractor to lower A p p r o v e d athe pump in Well 8 an- $20,000 resolution for other 50 feet. submittal to the Depart- The council also ap- ment of Ecology of a hy- proved passage of the dro geologic study neces- city's Marijuana Overlay sary to maintaining the Zone. city's wastewater treat- J o h n M c C a l - ment plant's discharge lum can be reached at permit, A look at RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES in the iNLAND NORTHWEST