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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 1,2015 NEWS continued from page 1 individuals without taking on too much work. Airway Heights' court administrator, Bree Breza, said under case weighting, some charges and processes are as- signed less point values while others are given higher values. Driving under the influence cases might receive a value of 1.5, while others such as a "show cause" proceed- ing might carry a less value, such as .3. Under the normal caseload management system, allowing no more than 400 cases per cal- endar year by any one attorney, both of those cases would carry a value of 1, meaning the case weighting system would allow public defenders to carry more of a load. "From my research, it appears case weighting is better for the city, not for the public defender," Breza said. Breza said should the council approve the ordi- nance, which currently is in draft form only, the city would also have the ability to return to the current regular system continued from page 1 necessary and maintain insurance on the officer's vehicle. The department also provides all ade- quate record-keeping and reporting as required by federal, state and local laws. Cheney Police Chief John. Hensley said the only changes to the con- tract were increases in the officer's salary and benefits as negotiated between an agreement with the city and the lo- cal Police Guild. Hensley told the council he was at a recent Cheney school board meeting where the contract was approved by the district, and noted the program - which began in 2005 - received high praise. "They're very pleased with the services that they are paying for," Hensley said. Council also approved a $1,243.83 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bulletproof Vest Partnership for the purchase of bulletproof vests for Cheney's of- ricers. Hensley told the council the amount of the grant was less than what the department is eligible to receive because they still have BVP money from last year that is wait- ing to be spent. When it comes to Cheney's power system, the council approved two resolutions authorizing the Light Department 613 S. Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) ' FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars. Trucks. Trailers Boats Cycles. RVs :. 455-8320 .:. should it find the case weighting system does not work out. Airway Heights' public defender Josh- ua Maurer, who also has a private practice, told the study session that changing to a case "As it is now, it's not a one- man job by any stretch." Airway Heights public defender Joshua Maurer weighting system would "significantly" impact his office's workload. Maurer said he projects he will exceed the cur- rently allotted 400 cases by the end of the year, and would need more funding for the office to handle the load under the existing system. That said, he felt it would be more beneficial for the city overall to move to the case weight- ing system. No matter how efficient the office becomes, it is still limited by the Supreme Court in the number of cases it can handle. "As it is now, it's not a one-man job by any stretch," Maurer said. "(With case weighting) you get more bang for the buck. And, at some point in time, you will have to move to a weighted sys- tem because most juris- dictions are using it." Breza said the city had applied for grant funding to help cover some public defender costs. When she opened the recent award let- ter Airway Heights re- ceived, Breza discovered it was addressed to the city of Union Gap. Breza said in a Sept. 29 email that the city had indeed been awarded the grant funding, albeit at an amount - $9,500 - less than received last year. Council also agreed to move eight other items forward for consider- ation at the Oct. 5 meet- ing: An interlocal agreement with the city of Spokane for disposal of solid waste, Approval of a contract with SPVV Landscape Architects for park master planning services, purchase of 19 power transformers and con- crete vaults and lids to house power equipment. The department will pur- chase 19 of 27 transform- ers bid on by General Pacific/Ermco at a total price of $49,978.01 along with $10,425 in vaults and lids from Wilbert Precast. Council also approved an agreement with the Cheney School District to allow the city's Parks and Recreation Depart- ment to continue holding its popular ECHO before and after school program at Snowdon and Windsor elementary schools. The program runs daily from 6:15- 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. on late start school days - and from 3 - 6 p.m. Finally, council ap- proved a resolution al- locating $10,500 from the Light Department's conservation budget, to the CLEAResult Energy Smart Grocer Program conservation measures. The money in the con- servation budget comes from Bonneville Power Administration, which is phasing out the CLEAResult program but has agreed to extend it to March 2016. Under the agreement, CLEAResult measures will be funded by BPA, and then deducted from the city's conservation budget. The amount will provide for completion of two measures cur- rently underway with local businesses and or- ganizations that qualify for funding. CLEAResult program funds are automatically available for use in core refrigeration energy effi- cient measures, including lighting in refrigerated spaces, along with other uses such as interior/ex- terior lighting, new con- struction, existing build- ing commissioning and heating/air condition- ing/ventilation projects in facilities equipped with refrigeration. Businesses and organizations that can use program funds are grocery and conve- nience stores, restau- rants, schools and other commercial refrigeration equipped facilities. John McCal- lure can be reached at ] mac@cheneyfreepress. com. Pitch in and Help the Hardest Working Man in Cheney Bring in your empty cans on Sunday. And while you're here, enjoy a can of your favorite beverage. 405 1st Street, Cheney 235-4758 Open at 2 p.m. Mort. - Thurs. 11 a.m. Fri. - Sun. Resolutions es- tablishing October as Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness month, Appointment of a deputy mayor, A memorandum of understanding with Spokane County to pro- vide limited building inspection services, A public safety enhancement proposal to make an interfund loan, And consider- ation of a new informa- tion system contract. Mayor Kevin Richey told the study session that the public safety enhancement proposal involved transferring money from solid waste to streets, and then from streets to public safety. That would allow the city's police department to potentially hire anoth- er officer while the fire department would be able to explore purchas- ing new equipment. John McCal- lure can be reached at Photo by John McCallum Evaluating the merchandise Cheney firefighter Lt. Chris Mufioz (red) visits with several individuals outside Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub during last Saturday's fundraiser to benefit the newly created Cheney Firefighters Benevolent Fund. 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