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Thursday, September 27, 2012 Free Press Page 3 Cheney public safety personnel gear up for big weekend at EWU By BECKY THOMAS from EWU Police, coined the Spe- during a light meeting, with only ties and a new website for residents Staff Reporter cial Enforcement Detail, would one voting item on the agenda, to track their utility consumption. Cheney will be bustling this also deployto focus on alcoholand a budget amendment to allowFinance director Cindy Niemeier weekend, as students from Eastern gang activity, for grant acceptance and a police said citizens often asked for the Washington University celebrate On Saturday, both the police vehicle lease approved at the last paperless service, and it would coming back to school and fans and fire departments would be meeting. The council approved the save the city money on postage flock to the Inferno for the Eagles' on hand at the football game. The amendment unanimously, and time. first home football game against Fire Department would have staff Also at the meeting, PublicLight director Joe Noland said rival Montana. on hand along with staff from Works director Todd Ablemanhis department would launch a While the activities promise ambulance service provider AMR shared an Update on road con- new page on the city!s website fun for thousands, the city is also to provide first aid, and the Police struction in town. He said work on next week that would allow resi- preparing for an increase in police Department would focus on post- Ridgeview Drive was completed, dents to track the utility usage at activity. Police and fire leaders game activity starting around 4 Cheney-Plaza Road resurfacing their home for the past two years. updated the City Council at its p.m. was nearly done and construc- He said renters and homeowners Tuesday meeting on their plans to "Our goal will be to deploytion of an extension of Simpson could look at the usage~at their deal with traffic, underage drink- after the game, not only to handle Parkway was well underway, with residence as well as viewing the ing and more. . people leaving the community, but curbs to be poured this week. The usage of comparable homes in Cheney. Police Chief John also the celebration after Eastern road, extending between North town. Hensley told the council that wins the game," Hensley said. Sixth and Washington streets, was "We'rehopingtousesomepeer additional patrols would begin The council added a new mem- scheduled for completion Oct. 8. pressure to get some energy con- starting Thursday, the first day of ber Tuesday night, as John Taves New Web-based services are~servation going," Noland said. classes at Eastern. A team of four was approved to fill the Position coming to Cheney residents, in- Becky Thomas can be reached at Cheney officers and two officers 3 seat. Taves joined the council cluding paperless billing for utili- becky@cheneyfreepress.com. * Blocking skills Six-year-old Dirk Sheer from Reardan hones his blocking skills on the tackling bag during West Plains Eagles Tuesday night at Cheney's Moos Field. Sheer is a member of the Tiny Mights team for ages 5-7. Photo by John McCallum Pop Warner football practice Avista rate increases challeged by Utilities and Transportation Comission staff FROM NEWS SERVICE which is not bound by the staff Basic service charges for electric the Spokane Valley Council Charn- REPORTS recommendation, will make a final customers would increase from $6 bers, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. Staff members of the Washing- decision on the uUlity's rate hike re- to $7.34 a month. Natural gas cus- The commission has received ton Utilities and Transportation quest this winter. New rates would tomers would see their basic service 92 public comments to date on the Commission (UTC)recommended likely go into effect in March. charge go up from $6 to $10.98 a Avista rate increase proposal - eight slashing millions of dollars from The staff recommendation month, undecided and 84 opposed. Avista's electric and natural gas would rebalance rates among in- Comrmssion staff recommend-In addition to the UTC staff, rate increase request Wednesday, dustrial, commercial and residential ed that Avista be allowed the op- other parties expected to submit Sept. 19 customers. This rebalancing would portunity to earn a 7.22 percent testimony todayinclude:Northwest In testimony filed with the UTC, result in electric and natural gas overall rate of return, not the 8.25 Industrial Gas Users, IndustrialCus- commission staff members urged rates going up for some custom- percent the company requested, tomers of Northwest Utilities, The rejection of the company's initial ers while overall revenues for the Staff in the UTC also recormnended Energy Project, Northwest Energy request to raise electric revenues company go down. The average lower power-supply costs, income Coalition and the Public Counsel by $41 million and instead recom- residential electric customer us- taxes and executive compensa- Section of the Attorney General's mended an overall revenue reduc- ing 1,000 kilowatt hours-a-month tion than the company originally office. tion of $1.3 million (-0.3 percent), would pay 32 cents more under the sought. In a separate proceeding, Avista Commission staff agreed Avista recommendation, for an average Avista customers will be able has requested permission to lower should raise natural gas revenues; monthly bill of $80.17. to comment at two public meet- natural gas rates by 4.4 percent this but only by $4 million (2.8 percent) The typical residential natural- ings scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, fall. This reflects thelower wholesale ratherthan the company's original gas customer using about 68 therms a Sept. 27 in the Spokane City Council gas prices Avista pays to buy gas request of $10.1 million (7 percent), monthwouldpayabout66centsless, Chambers, 808 W. Spokane Falls from its suppliers. The UTC wilt The three-member commission, for a revised average bill of $60.89. Blvd., and noon Friday, Sept. 28 in review that request Oct. 25. l Price Address Town Bd/Ba/Gar Tour # $97,500 ....... 303 E. Lake St ............... Med. Lk.... 2/1/0...zoned com. 803523 | $144,500 ..... ] 105 N. Edna ................ Med. Lk.... 3/2/3 .................... 843372 | $249 900 ..... 601 Sunrise Dr ................ Cheney.... 6/3/3..2.. .............. 856771 II $289,000 ..... 35521 S. Rock Lake Rd.. Cheney .... 3/2/2... 10Aclds'.:... 895417 | $346,500 ..... 2730~9. Tucker Prairie ..... Edwall..., 3/2/2..5 Acres...A 867300 i $339,900 ..... 15616 S. 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