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Thursday, August 26, 1982 UPS 102-240 Chem Washington 99004 25 Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights i  : ii, : : i.'  ..... i!i:ii , ili?i  )'ii!!iiiiii!il  .... i i i! ig t n s no n collar I Refuge's only young swan this Monday morning at Long Lake by Uge Manager Jack Hagan, center, Rod and Ann Sharley, right. Rod and Ann, and wife from Colbert, regularly at the refuge to help on various SUrveys and projects. The young signet, from an airboat, was inspected and excellent health. Swans and other suffer from water leeches or other being inspected and banded with a :. With the code "19PA", the signet was ", Turnbull officials are hopeful that will return to the refuge next spring. I by Tom Thrun feature--page 1A)  L Power rate increase put elf Cheney City Council members put off final approval of an electrical rate increase Tuesday evening until the council's next meeting on Sept. 14. Both the first and second readings of the proposed rate increase ordinance (M-14) were approved, but the council voted 3-2 not to go ahead with the final reading. Council persons Ray Soltero, Karen Neubauer and Fred Johns voted against councilmen Dwayne Paul and Jack Crabb, as well as against Light Department Director Tom Richardson who recommended action Tuesday night. Councilmen Ollie McCord and A1 Ogden were absent. "I'd like to have the public more aware," said Soltero in making his motion to defer action. "I honestly feel people have been warned of this (the rate increase) coming," said Paul, citing recent ar- ticles in the Cheney Free Press. Richardson's recommendation to the council Tuesday was for a 50.8 percent increase, effective with the meter readings on and after Sept. 8.' He noted Cheney needs to make its increase soon in time to cover increasing costs in wholesale power from the Bonneville Power Administration. By putting ac- tion off Sept. 14, the proposed rate increase also has been put off until Sept. 28. Richardson said that the 50.8 percent increase was being recommended for two reasons: 1) the 60 percent rate increase from BPA; and 2) the fact that past increases have not been generat- ing enough in new revenue for the Light Department, causing a decline in the operating revenues. The increase, as recommended by Richardson, would be for a 50.8 percent increase for all customers. Council- woman Neubauer argued that senior citizens should be given a rate break. Soltero, saying he didn't want to be tagged as an "anti-senior", argued that present rates should be left alone until a complete Cost of Service Study can be obtained. Mayor Tom Trulove noted that Cheney had hoped to contract for such a study this year, but had to put it off. "We didn't believe the last one (rate study) we had," said Neubauer, refer- ring to a study a year ago that was dismissed by the council. Soltero said that proper data was not used at that time and that rates should be left the same until needed data can be obtained. "Leave the rates alone," said Soltero. "If we change them we are just playing politics, and if there are problems in the system we'd just be compounding them." Robert Graham, director of Eastern Washington Univers!ty's Physical Plant, said the university is willing to participate in any cost of service study done by the city. He also recommended that the city initiate a new "demand" charge for residential customers that would greatly increase the cost of extra power used during "peak" usage hours of the day--the effect being to discour- age consumption and to cut the amount of power used in the city so that savings could be realized, perhaps, in future rate increases. The proposed rate increase will see the service charge for residential cus- tomers going up from $5 to $5.50 per month. Likewise, the energy charge will go up from 1.96 to 2.956 cents per kilowatt on the first 2,000 kilowatts used per month. The incrase for usage above 2,000 kilowatts per month is expected to go from 2.62 cents to 3.95 cents per kilo- watt. In other matters, Police Officer Ken Side commented that he had been denied an executive session in which to discuss the city's appeal of the Superior Court decision given to him in con- nection with his case against the city. He said the public should be aware of costs the city will incur over the next two years that it will take to have the matter come up in the Court of Appeals. The city's legal counsel argued that the matter is a court matter. No account of the Superior Court proceedings was broughl up by legal council under staff reports Tuesday night. County gets achievement awards Spokane County commissioners an- nounced Aug. 17 that the county has received 1982 national achievement awards for its water quality protection and public transit expansion citizen involvement programs. The National Association of Counties (NACo), based in Washington D.C.. presents the awards annually to give national recognition to progressive pro- grams which enhance or expand county services to citizens, according to John R. McBride, chairman, Board of Coun- ty Commissioners. Both programs were planned and administered by the Office of the County Engineer. The two citizen groups working with the programs were honored in a cere- mony recentlyat the Commissioners' Board meeting where citizen leaders were presented with replicas of the 10xl2-inch plaque commemorating the awards. Leaders of the committees are: Jan deLaubenfels, chairman of the former Public Transportation Citizens Advi- sory Committee; and Margaret Port- man and A1 Lewis, co-chairmen of the "208" Water Quality Study Citizens Representative Core (CRC) Commit- tee. Millwood Mayor W.L. (Bill) Clear- waters was specially recognized as the water group's first and long-time chair- man. Chairman John McBride pointed out 'that the NACo president congratulated award winners for their "special sensi- tivity to citizen needs." "That 'sensitivity to citizen needs' is what our two award-winning projects were all about," McBride said, "and that's why we're honoring today the citizens' committee members whose work was in large part responsible. Case studies of the two programs will be distributed by the NACo to counties throughout the nation as examples of innovative programs. The "Public Transit Expansion" pro- gram, beginning with a 1979 Feasibility Study that asked citizens whether or not they wanted expanded transit, led to the formation and funding of a new transit service district designed to serve 90 percent of the County's people. Citizens then planned and executed 16 public meetings to help determine how and where the people wanted to expand bus service. The citizen work culminated in March, 1981, with a 71 percent majority vote authorizing a transit sales tax to fund the expanded bus system, now under the jurisdiction of the Spokane Transit Authority for Regional Trans- portation (START), Chairman Mc- Bride explained. The citizens committee for the "Citi- zens Protect Water" program began work in 1977 in concert with the EPA-funded "208 Study" to develop a plan to protect the area's underground aquifer water supply. Numerous public workshops and more than 50 slide presentations were tr-l-al0ng with radio and TV appearances--to develop an October, 1981, Water Quality Man- agement Plan containing more than 200 specific recommendations to be imple- mented by 25 local, state and Federal agencies. "They've been working ever Since," McBride emphasized, adding that they are now advising and urging those 25 agencies to implement the recommen- dations, including the Valley sewer project the Board is now tackling. The commissioner pointed out that both committees used the same approach: to tell area citizens what the situation was, what options might exist, and then to ask citizens what, if anything, they wanted to do about it? Both committees worked in close har- mony with consultants, staff and multi- agency technical and policy advisory bodies, he said. He termed their dedica- tion and energy remarkable in their study of large amounts of technical detail which enabled them to make valuable contributions to the studies and plans developed for both water quality and transit service. "Spokane County is proud to receive these awards and proud of the citizens' effort they represent," McBride con- cluded. i i !!ili i i / ?i !i :iil i   i  iiii:iii: !  =i Indorf takes honors at Chamber golf event Cheney Chamber of Commerce's annual golf tourney drew a crowd of 50 participants last Thursday at the Sun- dance course in Spokane. Winning the "low-gross" award was Cheney High School golf' coach Sam Indorf, who scored 79. According to tournament director Chuck Fisher, 33 other "Callaway" awards also were given out. Taking the low Callaway honor was Gary Pence of Fairchild Air Force Base with a 72 mark. Among special awards given was an award for the longest drive, that being Ballots offered Absentee ballots for those wishing to vote in the Sept. 14 primary election became available as of yesterday, Aug. 25. Ballots may be picked up from the county auditor. (See request form-- page 4. ) made by Fairchild's AI Cole. Bob Hudson of the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department was honored for coming the closest to the pin at hole No. 3, and Cheney's Terry Sparrow came the closest at hole No. 13. Barry Peters, also of the Park and Recreation Department, had the longest putt, that being at hole No. 9. All participants were given a golf ball, compliments of State Farm Insur- ance, Jack Crabb, Andre-Romberg, Seattle First Bank and Farmers & Merchants Bank. Other prizes were donated by the following: Anderberg Chevrolet, Bee- hive Restaurant, Ben Franklin, Bill's Tavern, Cheney Free Press, Country Counter IGA, Excell Foods, Elegant Egg Restaurant, Gary's Union 76, Lincoln Mutual Savings Bank, Owl Pharmacy, Ratcliffe Ford, Safeway, Savage House, Showalter's Tavern, Telephone Utilities of Washington, Wil- low Springs Station and Zip's. Spokane County citizen committee members were honored last week as county commie- sioners announced the county's receipt of 1982 national achievement awards for its water tv qualify protection and public transit expansion citizen involvement programs. Shown Coun_. receiving recognition from commissioners during their board meeting, from left, ere: commissioners """"'Yr w L Cie...,.., p.t chelrm.n."00".a.r Oua,t. St..y Citizens Representative Core (CRC) Committee; Jan deLeubenfeis, chairman of the former Public Transportation Citizens Advisory Committee; Commissioners F. Keith Sheperd, John R. McBdde and Grant C. Peterson; and AI Lewis, co-chairman, CRC. Missing from the photo is Margaret Portman, CRC co-chairman.