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Page 12 Free Press Thursday, June 28, 2012 Cheney council continued from page 1 officers' aid, he wouldn't be alive. The IACF approved Cheney's application to bestow the two officers with Lifesaving Awards, and their names will be added to the American Police Officers Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Hensley said the two men rep- resented the rest of the Cheney Police Department. "These gentlemen, when they heard this was being submitted, they thought it was unnecessary, but I believe they needed to be recognized," he added. Hensley said he believed Oakes and Bailey actually saved two lives within a month, pointing to the restraint the same two officers showed in not shooting armed and intoxicated former EWU football player Chandler Gayton in May. "We've been affectionately calling them Batman and Robin," Hensley said. Photo by Becky Thomas Cheney police officers Chris Cakes and Dave Bailey receive the Life-, saving Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police during Tuesday's Cheney City Council meeting. After the officers received dled several items of business, their awards, the council han- highlighted by the approval of a six-year transportation plan for 2013-18. The plan calls for 10.3 miles of street restoration costing around $6.2 million. Public Works direc- tor Todd Ableman said $2.2 mil- lion of that total was currently unfunded. The city currently uses the residential street and side- walk tax to help repair streets; the program sunsets at the end of this year, but a renewal will be on the Aug. 7 ballot. Streets tabbed for repair m the next five years include Betz Road, North Sixth Street and Simpson Parkway, along with portions of residential streets throughout the city. Also at the meeting, the coun- cil approved several contracts for work: The council approved a one-year contract extension with Intrinium Networks for city IT service. Shamrock Paving was the low bidder on the 2012 street improvement projects, whichresidences currently served by includes street preservation as a 4-inch main would see an im- well as the construction of the provement in water quality and extended Simpson Parkway. The pressure, Ableman said. contract totaled $1.05 million. Elder Roofing was awarded Mountain Utilities was a $20,800 contract for resurfacing awarded a $31,600 contract to the roof of City Hall. install a 12-inch water main on a Becky Thomas can be reached at portion of Salnave Road. Fifteen New Free Press email addresses Free Press readers have four new email addresses in which to make submissions for possible publication. Obituaries may be submitted at, church news at, miscellaneous: sports at and letters to the editor at These addresses will make it less confusing for readers to make submissions and to ensure that nothing is overlooked or lost. Check us out online SUNDAYS 10:00 AM Crossroads meets at 1118 South King St. Airway Heights, WA 99001 509-244-9343 (1 2th st. and King across from Sunset Elementary School) ML council continued from page 1 or other city-owned land. Post- val, taking place Aug. 10 - 12 fighter and also worked with ers will be up at fireworks sites, at Waterfront Park. Among the the Washington State EMT. Also approved at the meeting encouraging residents to clean headlining bands for this year The City Council also praised was a request to put a replace- up after the festivities and to not include the Josh Williams Band, the fire department for its work ment for the city's Emergency discharge them zn a way that Dirk Powell, The Quebe Sisters on the June 2 blaze, which Medical Services levy on the would obstruct streets. Band and Foghorn Stringband. burned a historical home in November ballot. The current The City Council also approved The festival raises money the city. Crews from across the levy expires this year. the first reading of two finance-re- for local charities, and attracts Spokane region came to help The levy is set for a maxi-lated ordinances. The first would some large name talents based exteinguish the fire, which was mum of 50 cents per $1,000 of reflect some changes in the state's on sponsorship from area com- contained on the property. Eight assessed property value, a rate RCW code related to gambling panies, firefighters were on the scene in which doesn't increase from the activity tax rates. None is currently Ross said the wastewater 11 minutes, Estes said. current levels, collected in city limits, treatment plant joined 107 other "Let them know they're do- Three fireworks stands wereA second ordinance focused plants in the state that met all of ing an excellent job," Mayor approved within city limits and on cleaning UP language re-its requirements for discharge John Higgins said. are set to run from July 1- 4. Last garding petty cash funds atin 2011. Now in summer session, the year, vendors handed out mate- City Hall. Among the changes Two new volunteers, Jes~ City Council will have its next rial to customers about proper included removing language sica Knezovich and Jeremy meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, use. This year, following some for concessions and parkingWilson, were appointed to the July 17 in the council cham- improper use, the City Council at Waterfront Park, items on Medical Lake Fire Department bets. Through July, August and hoped to step up its efforts, which the city no longer collects Knezovich comes to the depart- September, there is only one Fireworks can only be dis- money, ment from Spokane County Fire meeting each month Regular charged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Don and Vickie Kennedy District 10, where she served as meetings resume in October. on the Fourth of July. Their use provided an overview of thean EMT intermediate. WilsonJames Eik can be reached at is also prohibited in city parks Blue Waters Bluegrass Festi- is trained as an Air Force fire- conti~ued~:~rom page 1"we're paying attention more to building size, new unified development code for Cheney in the coming weeks. Community Development director Brian Jennings said the visual surveys were meant to get a general sense of what people want to see in the built structure of Cheney. "We're paying attention more to building size, building bulk, parking lot size, setbacks," he said. "It's just another way to get infor- marion from the community." The visual survey was split into categories: streetscapes and sidewalks, parking lots, single family residential, multi-fam- ily residential, mixed use, com- building bulk, parking lot size, setbacks. It's just another way to get information from the com- munity." Cheney Community Development director Brian Jennings mercial and parks/open space, things like zoning codes and plan- Each category showed a variety ning redevelopment are written of historical and modem scenes, into the new code. from upscale to utilitarian. A few Lucas has also been combing images showed current Cheney through the current code and residences and streets, highlighting problems that need Cheney planner Brett Lucas to be corrected in the new code. said the results of the visual pref- He said the biggest issues are with erence survey, as well as public out-of-date language and confus- comment received in the past few ing structure. The code should be months, would be considered as more user-friendly for city staff and community members, he said, and should fit with current needs and the evolving real estate market. The code update process so far, along with the issues Lucas uncovered in the current code, was discussed during a public meeting Wednesday, June 27. Throughout the summer, Lucas and Jennings will be drafting the new code, and more public meetings will be scheduled for feedback on the draft sections. For more information and to share input with city staff, visit date. 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