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Thursday, September 2, 1982 UPS 102-240 Chen, :Washington 99004 25 Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights stlaring group urges STA program adoption University stu- have an transit avail- in addition to the to Spokane. is being under- Promote carpools Washington of public and been formed to f turning over the Spokane County the STA (Spo- t) Board. is scheduled the task force's task force is Ross engineer for of the Kantu, Spokane Engineer; Jim Quality; John COntractor; Jerry Department Morton, Spo- Floyd Lauerson, Confer- Automo- Riggs, Sacred Brown, and van- also will bus service and passes Also, the new program will see a better coordination of transit information to the public under a single coordinator. Spokane Ridesharing, until now, was the name of a cooperative program between the City of Spokane Office of Air Quality Services, Spokane County and the Washington State DOT. Spokane's Air Quality Services began in 1980 to assist employers in develop- ing ridesharing programs. As work progressed, it was thought that the best means of initiating carpooling was to establish an area-wide carpool match- ing program to serve as a communica- tion link between companies. In Febru- ary of 1981, funding was recewed from the Washington State Energy Office to begin such a program m cooperation with the Spokane County Engineer's Office. In April of 1981, Spokane County received funding to initiate an in-house ridesharing program for county em- ployees. Three vans were purchased, and one person was hired to coordinate the program and to encourage other programs in other areas of Spokane County. That person was Rudy Kantu, whose job will run out in the not too distant future as the program is assumed by the STA organization. To date, he has coordinated the county's three vans, which he is quick to point out, are totally paid for by its users. Spokane County holds the title to the vans, but passengers pay for the van payments, insurance and other costs through their fares. In addition, five other vans have been purchased privately within the county and will begin service in the near future. One of these will be running in Cheney this fall, owned by Sam Coy. It is anticipated that he will coordinate his route from Four Lakes to Spokane, said Kantu. The City of Spokane has two private- ly-owned vanpools and is now sponsor- ing a "seed" van whereby two vans are loaned to employers who wish to experiment with the program before purchasing their own units. A 1980 Spokane County study noted that it is possible to operate 80 to 100 vanpools in the greater Spokane area. In addition. 57 major employers were identified as possible vanpool targets. Kantu said he particularly is interested in talking to Key Tronic officials in Cheney about such a program. The advantages of vanpooling are many, according to Kantu. Not only is transit service usually faster and more direct with the vanpools, but persons often are willing to pay a little larger fare for developing new friends through the new social contact. Unlike bus riders, vanpoolers often become well acquainted, noted Kantu, noting that almost 50 percent of those taking vans do so more for social than economic reasons. Besides recovering purchase and insurance costs, private van owners also can receive other tax and licensing credits, added Kantu. Kantu said he did not see the development of either the vanpool or carpool programs as a threat to the bus program. He said van users usually are those who would not take a bus. "We want to encourage use of the bus," said Kantu, noting that vans may supplement buses during peak hours between Cheney and Spokane and perhaps may help in offsetting the need to run additional buses in the future. He said that vans may help to reduce the number of "dead-head" trips between Spokane and Cheney when buses return one way empty. For those seriously interested in the advantages in ridesharing, a private organization exists. Friends In Transit was begun in June and is headed by Mark Jaffray, president. In return for promoting the concept of ridesharing, FIT helps ridesharers by arranging for "preferential" treatment and prices with supporting businesses and mer- chants. Over 1,000 persons in the county now carry "Vanpool" or "Carpool" cards, which, when shown to participating retail outlets, entitle people to cash discounts on their purchases, FIT's two-year projected membership is for 5.000 persons. Merchants in Cheney, as well as Spokane, are being approached to cooperate with the program. Van and carpooling will be promoted in the area this fall. Construction on the nw Willow Springs Station Motel is now proceeding. The new facility, to be completed this fall, will augment the Cheney restaurant on First Street. Local bus shelter likely Eastern Washington University stu- dents and Cheney residents may re- ceive their first bus shelter as a result of action initiated Aug. 26 by the STA (Spokane Transit Authority) Board. Deadline upped Because of the Sept. 6 Labor Day holiday, the Cheney Free Press will be closed. Advertisers and those with news items are asked to contact us by 5 p.m. this Friday if they wish to have items included in next week's paper. Late breaking news will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, as will classified advertisements. The Free Press may be reached by phoning 235-6184 or 747-7395. rtment to ap0000ly for Northwest Park funding approval of Mayor Tom Trulove, said Hudson. Maintenance for Northeast Park, Hudson added, is expected to be low for the size of the area. He said the annual maintenance cost is expected to be about $3,900, thanks to a lot of commun- ity input on design for the park. If the matching grant is approved by the state agency, construction on Phase I could begin late next spring or in early summer. Hudson added that a donation of fill dirt for the site would be sought between Jan. 1 and May 1 of 1983. a 50 percent of go before the Sept. 14 for ap- .Sent off to the Com- (IAC). Recreation De- Hudson report- aPProved by the dollar-for-dollar through other grants re- funded 75 percent of the development of Salnave Park and 75 percent of the acquisition of Northeast Park, which was purchased 10 years ago. The agency is responsible for distributing all state and Federal park and recrea- tion funds. "The competition for the money is very high," said Hudson. "People should not be overly optomistic that we will even get anything done." Hudson said that the development of the park, if funded, would be in phases, with Phase I being 5.7 acres northwest ate forum set The format for the program will include an introduction of all candi- dates attending. Stations then will be designated around the eating area where candidates will answer questions from Chamber members and guests. Those wishing to attend are asked to make reservations through Marrs' office by phoning 235-6205 or 747-3319. Invitations have been sent to candi- dates Sam Guess, Max Snyder, James West, Mary Springer, Richard Bond, William Norton, Grant Peterson, R. Stuart Kirk, George Marlton, Bob Andren and Bill Carroll. Legislative County Corn- been invited at a special by the Chairman will give the to hear from 14 Primary be held from Springs in downtown debate planned are candidates in the upcoming election. The debate will be held at the Agriculture Extension Building at N. 222 Havana, Spokane, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This debate is being planned and coordinated by the Family-Community- Leadership group and the Spokane Country Wheat Growers Association. of Seventh Street and behind the Nolari Brown Addition. Total cost of Phase I is expected to be about $140,000 and will help to establish the turf, create a ball field, provide for a parking lot, con- struct a picnic shelter and put up restrooms. Contributions so far include $25,000 from the Comstock Foundation, as well as contributions from the Cheney Soft- ball Association, a neighborhood group in the area of the park, the Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco and from the City of Cheney Parks Fund, which has Energy office lists new phone number in Cheney been promoted by the Cheney Kiwanis Club. Approximately $70,000 needs to be raised in order to generate enough in matching funds from the state agency, said Hudson, who said every effort is being made to seek additional dona- tions and grants from foundations. "We have several applications out at this time, and we're hoping they come through," said Hudson. The application for the matching funds already has the approval of the Cheney Park Board and the tentative Labor Day rodeo cancelled Evans cancelled the rodeo following a dispute with bulldoggers after the Cusick Rodeo. Gillingham also reported that the Cheney Rodeo Association will hold another demolition derby at the local grounds on Oct. 2. Cheney-area residents planning on attending the Scott Evans Rodeo at the Cheney Rodeo Grounds over the Labor Day Weekend will have to make other plans as the rodeo has been cancelled. Jack Gillingham of the Cheney Rodeo Association Tuesday reported that County planners set hearings mapped categories of the otticml Com- prehensive Plan map and the text of the Water Quality Section of the plan. On Sept. 16, a public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on a proposed amend- ment of the Spokane Zoning Ordinance (Section 4.09) to consider the establish- ment of schools of dance or gymnastics as a conditional use within the Local Business Zone. A|l hearings will be held in the second-floor hearing room at the Broadway Centre Building, N. 721 Jefferson St., Spokane. m Spokane Port Bell and Port Shrum will be need for a port of having the crea- Both Cheney's Energy Conservation Pro- gram has a new telephone number. Persons requesting home audits or who need answers to questions about energy conservation should now call 235-8443. Previously, calls have been received at City Hall or on the City Utilities Building number. "It is expected that the new conserva- tion number will give our customers faster access to the conservation office people," said Tom Richardson, Light Department director. "When custo- mers call, they should not be surprised to find the line busy or that no one answers during off hours. Our conser- vation personnel are often out of the office and in the field, even during the publicized office hours (7-9 a.m., 5-7 p.m.). Customers are advised to be patient and keep trying. Three hearings nave been slatea y the Spokane County Planning Depart- ment this month. On Sept. 7, the Spokane County Planning Commission will hold two hearings. At 9 a.m., the planners will consider adopting the proposed Coord- inated Water System Plan as the General Water Plan. At 9:30 a.m., the planners will sign findings in connec- tion with the proposed amendment to the Spokane County Generalized Com- prehensive Plan with respect to the Priority Sewer Service Area, the STA's Executive Director Jerry Haight reported that a recommenaa- tion to the transit staff has been made to investigate the feasibility of estab- lishing a shelter in Cheney. In particu- lar, Haight said staff will be looking at the Red Barn parking lot at Sixth and Washington streets. Cheney City Councilman Fred Johns, who also is vice president for Business and Finance at Eastern, approachefl the STA Board with the recommenda- tion. (Johns currently sits on the STA Board and was its first chairman.) Johns made his request after prompt- ing by other members of the Cheney ity Council who said they remem- bered talk of possible bus shelters two years ago when voters approved the new transit authority. The Red Barn lot, said Johns, ap- pears to be a good choice for a bus shelter because the free lot has a good potential ot Demg promoted as a "Park & Ride" lot. Also, Johns noted that a shelter perhaps could be put in for less cost at that site than at other sites in town. Both Portland and Seattle, according to Johns, have a policy of requiring a ridership of 50 or more people from any one stop before they authorize any bus shelters. Johns said the STA Board probably will be looking at similar policies. Currently, the City of Cheney has $3,600 left from money paid by the community before the take-over of the EWU-Cheney transit service by the STA Board. ii Rudy Kantu with discount cards Weather Woreb By Bob Quinn (Editor's note: It must be fine weather for fishing. Our weatherman Robert Quinn was gone fishing at deadline time Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. Watch next week's Free Press for our next Weather Words re- port.)