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Page 10 Free Press Thursday, September 13, 2012 Council continued from page I "[ don't see any other choice," he said. "We can't af- ford to buy it." The council also adopted a new city personnel policy Tues- to Spokane route, which car- ries many Students to Eastern Washington University. The vision for the route includes faster service with fewer stops between downtown Spokane and a hub in Cheney. STA day night. The policy had not will soon begin meetings with been updated since 2002, and stakeholder groups to fine-tune changes were made to fit new laws and human resources best practices. Updates were made on employee leave, employee examinations, substance abuse and corrective and disciplinary action procedures. Also at the meeting, leaders from Spokane Transit Author- ity Spoke to the council about long-term plans for the public transit system, including fu- ture changes to the Chenev the vision. Also at the meeting: • Cheney Fire Chief Mike Winters introduced two new resident firefighters, Aaron Blackburn and Cameron Hol- man, who have been with the department for the past month. • Mayor Tom Trulove gave a proclamation acknowledg- ing the upcoming Cheney Pee Wee Rodeo, which will take Meetings place Sept. 15 and 16 at Bi-Mart Arena. • The council approved acceptance of a 21st Century Learning grant. In a partner- ship with the Cheney School District, Cheney Parks and Recreation will provid e after school activities for youth at Cheney and Westwood middle schools for the next five years. • Parks and Recreation Di- rector Paul Simmons reported on usage at the Cheney outdoor pool this summer. He said 2,972 people utilized free swims spon- sored by local businesses, and 808 children from low-income families used Make-a-Splash free pool passes to swim. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 when necessary, at ad hoc status. The city's public works de- partment received some much- needed equipment, with a new forklift and scissor lift coming in the near future. The department has been renting a scissor lift at a rate of $90 per day in recent times for maintenance at the wastewater treatment plant. Councilmen Baron William- son Jr., Kevin Richey and Dave Malet were nominated to serve on a committee workingon con- tracts with the Airway Heights Safety Guild and Local 278. An ordinance would add a full-time treatment plant opera- tor position at the city's wastewa- .ter treatment plant. Additionally, overtime pay for firefighters who were called to work at other fires in the state, was also included in the ordinafice. The City Council passed the ordinance on its first read, suspending council rules for the decision. Final touches were being put on the Sprague Avenue realignment, with the older road rerouted south, closer to the tribe's Chevron station on Hayford Road. Part of the proj- ect also included an extension of the city's reclaimed water line, which is the cornerstone of the proposed 70-acre park in the northern area of the city. Restriping of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino will take place as well, as the project winds down. All together, the change order added $27,728.80 to the Airway Heights portion of the project. Also at the meeting, the amount of petty cash allowed in the city's front office was increased from $300 to $500. The change was made to ac- commodate the growing num- ber of programs in the city, as the attendance continues to increase. Disbursements were also increased from $50 to $100, allowing city programs to reimburse r'esidents attending certain programs and handle other accounting business. Mayor Patrick Rushing said he and city planner Derrick Braaten met with Col. Brian Newberry, the new commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base. ItwaS the first formal meeting between the city and the base. Discus- sions included the Joirtt Land Use Study and the city's efforts to reduce the density in Acci- dent Potential Zone Two, on the southern portion of the city. The month of October was declared as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, focusing on the response given to children and the care they receive after an incident. James Elk can be reached at ]ames@cheneyfreepress.com. Andrus Road continued from page 1 the fire brought 18 trucks from the fire district, one from the city of Cheney, three from the De- partment of Natural Resources and one from Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Anderson said they used Andrus Road and the driveway to the school district site as "anchors" to fight the fire, and crews lined up to knock down the fire as they arrived. "Every time we had a need, we had the resources to fill the need," he said. Initially Anderson said he was concerned with the fire's threat to nearby homes. He was able to call a local farmer to disc a line in a field to protect homes that were half a mile from the scene, but the fire didn't reach that far. Crews had the fire knocked down within an hour, and com- pletely contained within two hours, Anderson said. The outcome could have been a lot worse, Anderson said, but quick responses and coop- Photo by James Eik Crews from Spokane County Fire District 3 battle the fire, successfully stopping it from crossing Andrus Road. eration, as well as luck-the fire was next to the road, making it easy to access-helped to mini- mize the effects of the fire. "It went very smooth," he said. As dry conditions continue, another spark set off a smaller fire next to the Cheney Free Press office on First Street, just inside the Cheney city limits, Sunday afternoon. Anderson said sparks from a utility pole set off the fire, which burned less than an acre of grass, around 3 p.m. Sunday. Cheney and fire district crews quickly controlled the blaze. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. Jimmy John's continued from page 1 ing, with a frozen yogurt shop planned for the last third. Both businesses will have access to a back hallway with restrooms and additional lease space. Emtman told the commission he has long- term plans to create a banquet hall upstairs. The Roccas said they have planned to open a Jimmy John's in Cheney for a while, but had stores in Spokane take prior- ity. They have operated Jimmy John's restaurants since 2009, most recently opening a location on the South Hill of Spokane in March. Cheney was a goal because of the col!ege population, the Roc- cas said. "College students really like Jimmy John's because it's good value and we'll deliver anywhere in Cheney," Ric Rocca said. "We just thought it was a good market. The university is growing." With approval from the com- mission, work is expected to begin in about a month, Rocca said. There is work to be done on the building, but Rocca said it would take six to eight weeks to build out the restaurant itself. He said early January was the goal for opening the restaurant, and he estimated between 12 and 20 employees would be hired. "We're really excited to b e part of Cheney and we're really look- ing forward to it," he said. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. This auto insurance program is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155. CA License #5152. In Washington, the auto program is underwritten by Hartford insurance Company Of the Midwest. In Michigan, the auto program is underwritten by Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company. Specific: features, credits and discounts may vary and may not be available in all States in accordance With State filings and applicable law. 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